About Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Born in Tehran during the turmoil of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Nazanin’s family was forced to leave all their worldly possessions behind and flea to freedom, when her father had been jailed and tortured by the Revolutionary Guard under the new regime. Awaiting execution, it was the familys escape to Europe that saved them from political persecution. Faced with adversity so early in life, the revolution impacted her core.
As a young teen, Nazanin immersed herself in knowledge, constantly educating herself in global issues. She became a Royal Canadian Air Cadet and obtained the highest rank of Warrant Officer First Class while obtaining her pilots license. Nazanin continued her passion in global awareness and acquired a Double Major Degree in International Relations and Political Science at the University of British Columbia, and received scholarships to study at the prestigious L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and at the International Study Center at Herstmonceux Castle in England. During university, Nazanin supported herself working as both an actress/model, and volunteered her time as a Global Youth Educator with the Red Cross raising awareness on global issues such as the landmine crisis, children affected by war and the poverty-disease cycle. Nazanin searched for a way to impact the lives of those in need. While she was happy reaching out, she yearned to help on a larger scale. To reach the masses, Nazanin learned that she would need a stonger platform.
The stronger platform was the Miss World contest whose motto is “Beauty with a Purpose”. Nazanin entered and won the Miss Canada title and then on to win the 1st runner up title in the Miss World competition in front of 2.2 billion television viewers. This honor was received with a large amount of controversy and caused quite a stir in the Iranian community. Nazanin received hate mail from Islamic fundamentalists and at the same time accolades from the youth in Iran who supported her goals and looked to her as a role model. Since then, she has continued her quest to help those less fortunate. Nazanin has helped victims of the tsunami in India and Sri Lanka, raised funds for the earthquake victims of Bam, supported fistula patients in Ethiopia, campaigned for women’s rights in the Middle East, and raised awareness on the practice of Bear Bile Farming in China. For her efforts to save a girl in Iran named Nazanin Fatehi from execution for defending herself against rape and bringing international attention to this cause, Nazanin Afshin-Jam received the “Hero for Human Rights” award from Artists for Human Rights / Youth for Human Rights International at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Throughout Nazanin's life, she has found solace in the music that surrounds her. Her mother inundated their family with music flowing constantly in the house from her incredibly eclectic music collection. Her constant world travels and cultural awareness have molded her musical acuity to span a spectrum broader then most are ever exposed to. Blessed with the voice of angels, Nazanin whisks audiences away on a musical journey around the world with her debut album,“Someday”,to be released worldwide on BodogMusic in April 2007. Singing in English, French, and Persian, this genre-spanning song selection could be classified in many categories with prevalence in: World Beat, Pop, and Dance.
Nazanin will continue to be a spokesperson through her music and international speeches in support of humanitarian issues. Nazanin is the voice for the voiceless, she hopes to transcend all borders and reach the hearts of those worldwide with the embedded message of hope within her music.