EXCLUSIVE: Shahs of Sunset: "We Want To Be The Next Kardashians"

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John Russo

From their designer shoe and bag collections to their personal safes full of diamonds, the sky’s the limit for the Shahs of Sunset!
During In Touch's exclusive photo shoot at a Beverly Hills mansion, the over-the-top and opulent Persian-American cast dished about their lavish lifestyles and the success they predict for their hit Bravo show. “I’m a huge fan [of the Kardashians],” Mike Shouhed tells In Touch. “I only hope Shahs is that successful!”
Mike and his castmates might party harder, but similar to their Armenian idols, they share a love for designer duds, they never pinch pennies when it comes to their appearances and they are proud to be educating America about their culture, while squashing stereotypes.
“I spend $15,000 a month,” estimates Reza Farahan to In Touch about what it costs to be him. And while relations are more strained than ever between Reza and castmate Mercedes “MJ” Javid, both onscreen and off, there’s one thing the former BFFs can agree on: their shared love of Christian Louboutin shoes. “I have about $30,000 worth in my closet,” says Reza, while MJ boasts “about 60 pairs” of shoes, including a number of Louboutins. As for newcomer Lilly Ghalichi, who rewards herself twice a year with diamonds (which she keeps locked away in her safe!), she has drawers full of pricey hair extensions and wears custom-made eyelash extensions. “The bigger the hair, the closer to God!” she laughs.

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Aside from their love for the finer things, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi is proud to show off their Persian culture. “I think all of the stereotypes of Persians are pretty obvious,” she says. And MJ adds: “We are intent on keeping our culture alive: We all speak Farsi and we all want to cook and preserve our culture within the American tradition as well. I am glad that people know about us, because I want the culture to be shown in a positive light.”
With their ratings climbing each week (now the Shahs even face-off against Kim & Kourtney Take Miami on Sundays at 9 p.m.), spiritual Diamond Water developer Asa Soltan Rahmati predicts that only more good things are to come. “I feel like we might be around longer than the Jersey Shore!”
Don't forget to tune in to Shahs of Sunset on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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