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Raised in Valencia, California, a community about an hour from Los Angeles, she started singing and dancing when she was only two years old. She started modeling when she was ten.
Nazanin said her start in modeling was unexpected. "I was discovered at In-n-Out of all places." (In-n-Out is a West Coast burger chain.) She was ten years old and eating lunch with her mother when a photographer approached her, and like these stories go, he asked if she had modeled before. The rest is history.
Her first vocal performance was at Carnegie Hall " yes, the Carnegie Hall " singing the Mozart Requiem at age 15. She was a finalist on Ed McMahon's spin-off "Next Big Star," a Top 35 contestant on "American Idol," and a series regular on "Rock Star Academy." She also appeared on Disney's "That's So Raven" and Bravo's "Shahs of Sunset." As for music videos, she can be seen in Bobby Valentino's "Anonymous" video and Miguel's "Girls Like You."
Amazingly, Nazanin has the ability to sing in five different languages. She is signed with the label Soul Diggaz and hopes to release a debut album soon. She said about music: "Music has always been a huge passion of mine. I've always said I came out the womb singing. In school I studied jazz and classical music.my love for music will never cease!"
In the modeling world, Nazanin Mandi has appeared in Cosmo Girl, Skinny Magazine, Two in the Shirt, Seventeen and World's Most Beautiful magazine, as well as the brands Ecko Unlimited and Roar Clothing. And with acting, she has acted in independent films, including the "The Client," which can be found on YouTube. That's a lot of activity for a woman who said, "I'm normally very shy."
Her advice to aspiring models, actors and singers is to remember, "this is a business.90% of the time you will hear 'no' but that doesn't mean you should give up. Keep your eyes on the prize, stay focused and don't ever let anyone tell you you can't do it. Nothing good comes easy but once your goal is achieved all the work and strife will be worth it!"
She lives in Los Angeles, California and has been romantically linked to the R&B singer Miguel.