Manhattan Beach Community & Destination Guide 2021-22

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deem “Instagram Face.” Dr. Maryam says, “Unfortunately, social media has consumed our population of youngsters, telling them what is pretty and not pretty. These kids have no idea about the side effects of injections. This has to be continually done forever, and some are starting at a very young age. You’re traumatizing your lips and facial structure several times a year. And it hurts me to see disfiguration from infection and injections. “Because of the instant gratification that we’re used to,” she continues, “it’s been the hardest dilemma. Every social media face now looks like the Kardashians - thick eyebrows, big lips. That’s not the facts

DR. MARYAM BAKHTIYARI D.D.S.

Dr. Maryam envisions a future where natural beauty is attainable and valued. The esteemed local dentist and TMJ expert used her years of experience and ability to think outside the box when she invented BLAfit - a scientifically-backed facial exercising device that naturally builds firmer facial skin and fuller lips in daily one-minute sessions. Her 27 years of practice gave her the confidence and knowledge to develop a revolutionary product. And her experience as a Middle Eastern woman in a male-dominated field gave her the perseverance and grit to be a world-changer. “I wanted to create something to balance the facial muscles,” Dr. Maryam says. “I’m a scientist and an artist; I love beauty, and I believe in natural beauty, not enhancements or surgical procedures. BLAfit enhances your facial structure naturally.” Dr. Maryam, her physician husband, and an aircraft engineer collaborated to create this seemingly simple yet wholly complex instrument. Just 30 seconds a day in either direction garners impressive and noticeable results. One of the motivations for Dr. Maryam was her desire to combat the “ideal woman” perpetuated on social media, what some

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“I wanted to create something to balance the facial muscles, I’m a scientist and an artist; I love beauty, and I believe in natural beauty, not enhancements or surgical procedures. BLAfit enhances your facial structure naturally.” Dr. Maryam Bakhtiyari or the truth. All of that is fake news - an imagined norm of what a woman should be. I try to teach my patients, youngsters in my family, and my daughter that every woman can achieve beauty naturally. You can totally tone facial muscles and plump lips without injecting toxins.” Dr. Maryam encourages all her patients to be their best natural self by prioritizing nutrition, wellness, and exercise. Not just for the body, but for the face, too. Our faces have 57 little muscles. Some are minuscule, which means they hardly need any work to stay fit. Dr. Maryam has had offers from investors and celebrities to take over BLAfit. But it’s her baby, one that Dr. Maryam isn’t ceding lightly. “The BLAfit project is so important to me as I wish to help this new generation of women to achieve their vision of themselves naturally.”

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CHEVY LAURENT

Chevy Laurent envisions a future where women, especially women of color, are empowered and supported in their dreams. Chevy is the founder of RydeFyr - a premium cycling boutique that offers a fully immersive multi-sensory and motivating fullbody, heated cycling workout. “Imagine the best dance club you’ve ever been to is inside the studio,” she says, “but instead of dancing on the floor, cyclers ride to the rhythm of the music while also performing choreographed moves on the bike. That is RydeFYR!” Chevy guides all of her classes and makes sure that riders at all levels can experience vigorous mental and physical workouts. While her current professional endeavor focuses on health and fitness, Chevy has a decade of experience in corporate America. She’s in charge now, but it hasn’t always been this way. “I spent over ten years working in corporate marketing and sales before I transitioned into becoming a full-time fitness professional and then opening RydeFYR,” she says. “And as a woman of color - a double minority if you will - I’ve always had to work extremely hard to prove myself and break through the ‘glass ceiling.’ Even when I worked for big-box corporate fitness companies, the ceiling for me as a woman and a minority was still very much there.

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