Famous Iranians > Iranian Models > TALKING TO CAMERON ALBORZIAN BY SHABNAM REZAEI
International Fashion Model Turned Healer
Top Model Cameron Alborzian has one of the most recognizable male faces in the world. From playing Madonna’s boy toy in the 1989 video Express Yourself to modeling for hundreds of fashion campaigns, billboards, TV commercials, and covers, this trendsetter spent nearly twenty years in the industry working with the likes of Valentino, Armani, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. Cameron was named model of the year in 1990 and again in 1994. Today, Cameron is on his path to a new beginning. With an uncanny ability to connect to people, Cameron is now helping others with their own personal journeys. His great physique and endless dedication to the healing methods of the East, in particular India, have paid off, and he is becoming a source for Yoga, natural medicine and good health for people around the world.
I had a chance to catch up with him this week:
PersianMirror: Tell us a little about your background?
Cameron Alborzian: I was born in Tehran. My mother is English and my father from Abadan. I lived in Tehran and Shiraz the first ten years of my life before I had to leave because of the 1979 revolution.
PM: How did you get into modeling?
CA: Someone stopped me in the street who was from a modeling agency and offered me to join them. I was studying to be a physical education teacher but I was not very interested in that as a career so I accepted the offer not really knowing what to expect. The next week I was living in Paris.
PM: You were a top male model having worked on international campaigns with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Versace. Tell us about those experiences.
CA: When you work with some of the most creative people in any business it really has a very deep effect on you. I learned a lot from all these people as they strive to be the best in what they do. Staying up all night to shoot Chanel or shooting in the desert with Versace were some very memorable times. You become a little family seeing each other on locations around the world. Airports, hotels and different countries set the seen for a lot of life experiences.
PM: What has been the most exciting project to work on and why?
CA: Shooting campaigns with Herb Ritts, working with Madonna and Elton John, meeting Nelson Mandela, doing a show for the Oscars as well as with all the other models like Kate Moss or Cindy Crawford has given me a lot of great memories. Each project comes with something new which in reality is what is exciting about any work.
PM: Do you speak Farsi and how connected are you to your “Persian-ness”?
CA: For a while at school I forgot how to speak because I had no one to practice with but now it is a lot better. Do I understand all words, no - but I can speak and communicate. I know many Persian people whom I have met along my path and at my parents house there are always Iranian families and friends about. I also have all of my uncles and aunts who all live outside of Iran. This all keeps me connected to the Persian community. It will be nice to go back one day to see all the changes Iran has gone through since my childhood days.
PM: What are some of the stereotypes you have had to battle as a half-Iranian fashion model and what important lessons have you learned from that?
CA: I dealt with some racial ignorance at school but it was always coming from fear of the unknown where the adults around them had set children on the wrong path. In the fashion business everything and everyone is accepted which is a rear feeling. Fashion feeds on new people and ideas so any limited thoughts of segregation do not exist in that world.
PM: Your foray into the Yoga and the Health industry is a natural one. You are a certified Yoga practitioner and have led workshops and retreats. Tell us about this work.
CA: After my career in the fashion business where people took care of me and gave me everything, I decided that I wanted to work with natural medicine and serve others. I had a Guru for 16 years who guided me along my spiritual path and when he passed away I went to Kerala in India to study Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga philosophy. Now as a practitioner I give seminars and put on retreats not just for yoga but also for individuals who would like to understand more about themselves so they can live a happier life co-existing with other living beings.
PM: So what are you working on at the moment and what does the future hold?
CA: My spiritual project each day is to live and share in happiness. Other projects include bringing out books and TV material for television and Internet to provide information for people who are on a spiritual path. I am an ambassador to Kerala in India where Ayurveda and Yoga originate so I am putting on many retreats and working on documentaries about the area. You can learn more about Ayurveda, Yoga, natural medicine and information on my retreats at www.camerongoodhealth.com. The website is for people who want an introduction into healing, wellness and spirituality and is easy to use.
PM: Desert Island Three things. What will you take?
CA: Positive thinking, good karma and anyone who wants to go.
PM: Sign me up! Thanks Cameron and it was nice speaking with you.
CA: Thank you.
Full Name: Cameron Alborzian
Favorite Color: Rainbow
Favorite Dish: Rice and vegetables
Languages: English-Farsi- Spanish
Currently Reading: Ayurveda- The science of self healing by Dr. Vasan Lad