Sarah Shahi

by ethnic on February 22, 2010

Sarah Shahi ethnicity

Birth Name: Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi

Place of Birth: Euless, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 10, 1980

Ethnicity:
*75% Iranian
*25% Spanish

Sarah Shahi is an American actress and cheerleader. She is known for playing Carmen de la Pica Morales, a Latina, in the TV drama, The L Word. Her birth name, Aahoo, means “gazelle” in Farsi.

Her father, Abbas Jahansouz Shahi, is of Iranian descent. Her mother, Mah Monir Soroush Azar, an interior designer, was born in Spain, to an Iranian father and a Spanish mother. Sarah is married to actor Steve Howey, with whom she has three children.

Sarah’s father’s family left Iran two years before the Iranian Revolution. Her father, who was working at the American Embassy in Iran, was slated for execution when the regime collapsed in 1979. However, he was allowed to flee the country.

About her upbringing, Sarah has stated:

It’s a tiny little town and a charming place to grow up. But every boy I liked never liked me back. To be beautiful in Texas, you had to be blonde and blue-eyed and have a name like Ann. Aahoo was a little weird for them.

Sarah is said to be a great-great-granddaughter of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of the Qajar Dynasty, who ruled Iran from 1797 to 1834, by one of his wives, Begom Khanom. Begom was a daughter of Hossein Qoli Khan Afshar, niece of Begom Khanom, daughter of Emam Qoli Khan Afshar, through their son Jahansouz Shah.

Source: Sarah talks about her background – https://www.youtube.com

photo by Prphotos

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Masterlord April 14, 2017 at 4:27 am

Looks a bit like Eva Longoria to me

Adrian1Cram February 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Aahoo?? LMAO!

cwm85 November 22, 2015 at 3:06 am

I thought she was Indian or something… nope.

sarahle October 18, 2015 at 11:11 pm

she looks totally persian.

cwm85 October 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

What a lot of people may be ignorant about is many people in the middle east are actually part of the Caucasian race. Middle eastern is not an ethnicity. This woman believe it or not is White.

andrew October 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm

She is the daughter of Mah Monir/ Mahmonir, an interior designer, and Abbas Jahansouz Shahi.

Her father’s family left Iran two years before the Iranian Revolution. Her father, who was working at the American Embassy in Iran, was slated for execution when the regime collapsed in 1979 but was allowed to flee the country.

Her birth name, Aahoo, means “gazelle” in Persian.

She is a great-great-granddaughter of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of the Qajar Dynasty, who ruled Iran from 1797 to 1834, by one of his wives, Begom Khanom, daughter of Hossein Qoli Khan Afshar, niece of Begom Khanom, daughter Emam Qoli Khan Afshar, through their son Jahansouz Shah.

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 4:53 am

Beautiful Middle Eastern woman.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

She looks scary.

Gurrl July 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Correction: Her mother is actually half Persian even though she’s from spain. Her maternal grandmother is Spanish, maternal grandfather Persian.
She clarified in this interview.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHP0tynaomk

tttyyy July 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Looks Asian

M July 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Asian???? Where though?????? She looks Italian or Jewish.

marjanel October 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

Is not Irán in Asia? i really don’ t understand how there is an Asían looks when the continente is very diverse.

xoxo October 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

There’s different types of Asian. Which ones are you talking about? There’s East Asians, South Asians, and Southeast Asians.

She doesn’t look like any of them, btw.

anon January 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm

“It’s a tiny little town and a charming place to grow up. But every boy I liked never liked me back. To be beautiful in Texas, you had to be blonde and blue-eyed and have a name like Ann. Aahoo was a little weird for them.”

I guess that’s why your stage name is Sarah.

lalogman January 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Correction:
Iranians are not arabs. They are Persians

follers January 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

The text doesn’t say she’s Arab.

Humanid January 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

‘She is the daughter of Mah Monir, an interior designer, and Abbas Jahansouz Shahi. Her father is from Iran, and her mother is from Spain.[4]”

Monir is mother’s surname which is also Iranian.
Sarah must have meant her mother’s country of origin is Spain.
We all mistook for ethnicity :)

Sarah is most likely full Persian/Iranian

adoon12 January 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

yah there all arabs xD

FTBy5q April 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Nope you freaking dumb closed-minded person. Arabs are Arabs and Persian are Persians. Arabs and Persians ARE NOT RELATED. GO GET EDUCATED.

Testing April 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Her mother was mexican of Spanish decent.

yeah February 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

ENOUGH with the arab/persian/armenian… “we’re different” crap. I’m full-blood arabic, and I know for a fact that we all have the same traditions/food/culture/land. The language may be different by a few words but we still speak the same. Why seperate us more? She’s persian. Okay She’s arab. DONE.

FTBy5q April 11, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Stfu Persians are not Arabs dumbass. And the culture between them is SUPER DIFFERENT. Saying a Persian is Arab is VERY offensive towards Persians.

mia October 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

she is not Arab, she is Persian

phoebe October 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

Its nice to see that ‘Arabian’ girls are hot now, as much as people disregard Kim Kardashian she and Sarah Shahi have made that Arab look sexy.

FTBy5q April 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

SARAH SHANI AND KIM KARDASHIAN ARE NOT ARAB. STFU.

Islander_Miss August 30, 2011 at 1:48 am

I like her as an actress…actually watched some episodes of The L Word recently (heard about it before but never watched it until last month) & I liked her character. And she’s gorgeous. Lol, she proves you don’t have to be a Kardashian to have curves! =P

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