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Breaking The Mold With Fashion Blogger & Scientist Zahra Assar

Tonight’s interview is with my friend, Zahra Assar, who was born and raised in Iran. Zahra earned her PhD in bio-physical science from University of Michigan and currently works full time as a scientist. During her lunch breaks and after hours, you’ll find her working on captions and modeling as a fashion blogger, (yes you read that correctly!). Zahra has an interesting journey of how she ended up at University of Michigan after traveling and living in different countries along the way. Zahra spoke to me about what she actually does as a scientist on a daily basis, i.e. what her day job actually looks like! Although her hobby as a fashion blogger and science day job may seem like total opposites, Zahra defeats the stereotypical scientist persona and demonstrates how we’re all truly multifaceted human beings, with different interests, hobbies, and yes, beauty and brains! Zahra and I discuss the stereotypical scientist persona, her hesitations of becoming a fashion blogger while in the professional field of science, and what it was like growing up in Iran, a male dominated culture.


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