Roset Melamed, An Iranian Beauty Queen The Tehran that Roset Melamed remembers is not the same one in the news today. A former Miss Iran, Melamed spent her youth ice skating and learning martial arts. Nothing prepared her for a revolution that would make her feel unsafe in her own neighborhood.
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Roset Melamed, An Iranian Beauty Queen

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Over half a million Iranians live in Southern California. They live in neighborhoods called Little Persia, Pahlavi Boulevard and Tehrangeles. Many fled Iran in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution there in 1979. Now, 30 years later, one Jewish-Iranian beauty queen tells the story of her journey.

BLOCK: (Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: It was a difficult time. Now, we have our own company. We make the hands of Mars Rover, and the JPL give us award, that we did a good job. So, he is a success. We are a successful family.

BLOCK: Roset Melamed's story was produced by NPR's Amy Walters.

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