Polyglot Nazanin Mandi has shined since the wizened age of ten, when she booked her first modeling gig. Only five years later the young star belted out Mozart’s Requiem to a crowded Carnegie Hall. It’s little surprise the half-Mexican/half-Persian beauty, who has 1.6 million Instagram followers, has lived a charmed existence, including marrying the love of her life, superstar R&B singer Miguel. But as the actress—who plays leading roles in Lena Waithe’s BET series Twenties and 2020’s The Last Conception, and will be seen this fall in BET’s Games People Play—debuts her stunning lingerie line Elle Rêve, she reveals perhaps even more.
How was your morning?
Well, I woke up at 6:30 like I always do, that’s my routine. I give myself a good ‘me time’ hour. My time includes coffee, reading emails. I will wake up and meditate in bed with my husband sometimes, he does that every morning. Sometimes I’m just not in the mental space or don’t have the time. I’m also like a crazy cat lady—it’s my time to spend quality time with my cats, they sit with me while I’m reading and that’s like our little time together.
I noticed your cat’s name is Vanity. Was she named after the Prince protégé?
Yes she was! [laughs] I grew up obsessed with her, from the music to her long blazer and tie and thigh-high boots, and then Apollonia in Purple Rain. I have always been intrigued with the ’80s, but also with Prince, The Time, Vanity6, just that whole music era. I find so much joy and passion, and it brings back amazing memories being a little kid and watching my parents enjoy their music.
Do you think the fact that she was, for lack of a better term, exotic, or not your traditional blue-eyed blonde, appealed to you?
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