I am proud to represent the City of St. Paul as Mrs. Saint Paul on my quest for the crown at the 2018 Mrs. Minnesota-America pageant!
"I am dedicated to representing small businesses, families and diverse communities"
As a Persian-American immigrant with a Master's Degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Minnesota, a small business owner, the host of my web series (HitaTalk) highlighting influential women of the Twin Cities while also empowering youth girls, a proud wife in a biracial relationship, and a mother of a two-year old daughter, I take pride in my roles and responsibilities and I inspire women.
I have spent nearly 15 years supporting local organizations as I am dedicated to representing small businesses, families and our diverse communities.
Photo: Chris McDuffie Photography
FULLY FUNDED: The journey to take the title of Mrs. Minnesota America is one that I am proud of and confident in representing. I am eternally grateful to my sponsor partners, in-kind sponsors, community, friends, family and even individuals whom I have not met that have helped me achieve my fundraising goal. THANK YOU!
Married to my sweet and handsome husband, Danami-Maurice Champion on June 11, 2017 (also my mom's birthday), we originally met on Twitter during a business related exchange. Danami hired me for my PR services, and we moved forward completing a successful project (music event) featuring Danami along with four local musical acts. Genuine camaraderie was formed in the collaboration, with the rest now being a beautiful love story including our now 2-year daughter.
I have dedicated over five years of continuously educating myself and networking as a Brand Manager supporting creatives and small businesses to properly promote their brand. Simultaneously, I have worked to foster relationships & partnerships with numerous non-profit organizations for their fundraising needs as a brand ambassador, red carpet host, and event emcee. I have also donated much of my time and services to several organizations and charitable causes since the age of 19.
Advocate of Youth & women
As a cheerleader of women of diverse backgrounds, I have created a platform to share the work of remarkable women in our community. My web series, HitaTalk, is currently in its third season. The show (+ my blog) highlights over 20 "Wonder Women" ranging from business owners, influencers, creatives, and philanthropists. I am truly passionate about leading by example to be a positive role model for youth girls (like my daughter) to be confident & courageous while helping bring awareness and opportunities to underrepresented females.
THANK YOU to my generous sponsor partners!
Meet the Mullens:
Tessa & Dominic Mullen are an extremely warm and hard working couple with 3 beautiful children and a quirky cat. Together they are a power house Health & Wellness team who have been coaching friends, family, colleagues and new relationships on their health & wellness journeys.
They believe that "Better Nutrition Gets Better Results" Tessa and Dominic both live jam packed entrepreneurial lifestyles, which prompted them to seek a nutrition and fitness plan that was easy and convenient while juggling family and work priorities.
They have graciously sponsored my 30-day nutrition program + endless amounts of love and support to make sure I'm comfortable, confident and successful without feeling overwhelmed.
If YOU are looking to make a change in your nutrition, please do contact this amazing team: visit www.tessamullen.isagenix.com
About Styled by ness:
Janessa Baar, founder of Styled By Ness is an expert Personal Image Stylist & Closet Organizer for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping women not only look but feel beautiful, too! "Seeing their eyes light up is the best part of what I do."
Styled By Ness is my official wardrobe styling partner leading up to the pageant, appearances and on pageant weekend.
From personal shopping, closet organizing, photo-shoots, to interview prep, budget conscious shopping and wardrobe styling, Janessa does it all....and in the warmest and uplifting manner possible! Having someone be in your personal space let along trying to find clothing for your body and coming into your home to organize your closet can seem intimidating, but Ness has that X Factor that instantly takes away your stress.
"Don't Stress, Call Ness!"
Book a session with Janessa by June 30th and mention "Anahita" to receive $50 off your Styled By Ness service/package.
INTRODUCING valise boutique & apothecary:
Angel Chandler is owner of Valise Boutique & Apothecary, and a huge community supporter! She and her team offer an effortless and chic, European-style boutique and apothecary experience located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Valise Boutique and Apothecary offers timeless, classic, quality staples for a woman’s wardrobe. Their collection is made of the world’s finest textiles, and thoughtfully produced by talented and artistic designers from across the globe.
The apothecary items include natural and organic products that nourish and rejuvenate the skin, bringing forth a healthy and glowing complexion.
Angel and her fantastic team have graciously offered to sponsor my full skincare regimen to help my skin reach its healthiest and natural glow.
For more information visit www.valiseboutique.com or call 612.749.5029
OR stop in: 244 Albert Street South, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105
Feel free to contact Angel directly with any questions or inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience the difference at serenity dental:
Serenity Dental is premier family and cosmetic dental practice located in Woodbury, MN. They are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long-lasting smiles. They provide gentle and thorough cleanings, soft-tissue management programs, digital X-rays and diagnostics, fluoride treatments, fillings and extractions, bondings and veneers, and much more.
Founded by an Iranian woman, Dr. Ellie Mahmoodi, Serenity Dental was designed to provide a relaxing and positive experience for patients. Dr. Ellie, a dental practitioner since 1998, earned her dental degree from the University of Minnesota, and is one of a handful of practicing dentists in the Twin Cities who have completed levels I & II of the world-renowned post graduate program in esthetic dentistry at the University of MN.
Dr. Ellie knows that going to the dentist can be very stressful and traumatic for some people. She has designed Serenity Dental to reduce as much stress as possible, by providing some spa like amenities:
Complimentary beverages * Headphones and wide selection of music * DVD movies * Warming hand slippers * Warm neck wraps * Aromatherapy * Cozy blankets * Lavender-scented warm towelettes (after treatment)
Did you ever think going to the dentist could feel like a visit to a spa? Well, it can....when you visit Serenity Dental and experience the difference.
Learn more & book an appointment: www.serenitydentalwoodbury.com
About Nani Nalu Beachwear boutique:
Nani Nalu is a woman owned beachwear boutique that fully embraces the "show off your curves" mentality while allowing you to feel confident and comfortable.
Nani Nalu means "BeautifulWave", and their team wants to see the World full of beautiful curves. They are dedicated to bringing their shoppers a curated collection of the best fitting and most flattering swim and resort wear to help you find the perfect style for your beautiful body.
Upon arrival, their kind and welcoming staff greet you with a warm introduction. As you browse, a team member is sure to offer support and guidance to help find what you're looking for. During their "fit & flatter" service a swim fit expert will be searching throughout the store selecting options from their curated collection for you to try. They'll know which bathing suits lift, support, hide, cover, and flatter - and which styles to completely skip. THEN, when you're ready to try on your selections, their generosity continues with a complimentary beverage of wine or water to keep you hydrated and also relaxed.
Their experts happily help style your swimwear wardrobe, offer alterations consultations, and provide special orders on exclusive collections or color options. They are the real deal AND so fun to chat with from start to finish!
Learn more: www.naninaluswim.com
Follow on Facebook: @naninalu.beachwear
About the glow lounge:
When it comes to special occasions, espeically when I have odd tan-lines from Summer outings, I appreciate a quality and healthy spray tan to even out my skin while nourishing it & not leaving streaks or awkward coloring- which is WHY I'm thrilled that The glow Lounge is my official spray tan sponsor, helping me prepare for the pageant!
The Glow Lounge is a custom airbrush tanning boutique with locations in St. Paul, Edina, and Excelsior. They specialize in giving their clients the most natural-looking tan to fit their skin tone and desired look using a heated airbrush system. Heated Airbrush Tanning is the latest breakthrough in sunless tanning technology. The heated application process offers the best spray tan results. By infusing heat directly into the tanning spray, it creates an airbrush application that you can barely feel while it is applied. The gentle flow of warm air prepares your skin and keeps it dry for optimal absorption. Once the tanning solution is applied, the active ingredients start working with the amino acids in your skin's outermost layer to create the custom color that you desire.
About Dream duffel:
We hear about the story of a mom who attended an outing and found herself in a situation where there was a problem and immediately she wanted to created a solution..so she invents her idea, quits her job and runs a successful business- what a DREAM, right?
Well, that DREAM became a reality for Barb, the owner of Twin Cities based, Dream Duffel! As a mom to a young daughter who was attending her dance competition, Barb walked into a very crowded auditorium to find hundreds of young girls and their expensive dance attire sitting on the hard cold concrete floor. Her jaw dropped in disbelief that there wasn't a more organized and stress-free option for hauling dance costumes and gear.....and THAT is when Dream Duffel was born!
Dream Duffel is a woman owned, family operated, business that has solved a problem for dance parents, dancers, pageant contestants, athletes, fashion designers, models, actors, and even business professionals who often travel from location to location with numerous outfits and apparel.
TIM+THOM is a community forward fashion brand focused on growth and diversity in their industries. As advocates for fashion and the arts, they are committed to strengthening relationships within communities, while engaging their audience through thought provoking creative designs and tailor made tastemaker events.
Twin Brothers Thom & Tim Navarro are two of the kindest, hard-working, dedicated and respectful gentlemen I have easily ever met. It's been a true pleasure getting to know them more over the past year, and collaborating with them on a few projects. Their incredible designs, superior quality & work ethic paired with their genuine concern for their client and community's happiness is SO inspiring.
Thom and Tim have an extensive background in fashion design, event production, and have had their work featured in numerous avenues including print, digital an TV such as Project Runway.
Tim, Director of operations, and Thom, Director of Creative Operations, produce the reknowned annual Black Hearts Ball that centers around inclusivity and community. From the models to the beauty team back stage to the designers and the performers + volunteers, they thoughtfully hand select each member of their team to ensure equality in representation as well as talent & walk of life.
It is my absolute honor to have their support and help with crafting a beautiful and unique State representing costume & gown alterations to ensure I am prepared and polished for the Mrs. Minnesota America pageant.
FOR MORE INFO or to book a service appointment with TIM+THOM, you can reach out to them via Facebook.
about urban village salon spa:
Located in the heart of Cathedral Hill, UrbanVillage SalonSpa is a newly renovated full service salon and spa where you can get pampered and beautiful all in one stop.
Jan Roloff of the Urban Village Salon Spa team has been a gracious sponsor of my manicure and pedicure needs for this pageant. Voted “Best Pedicure” in the Twin Cities MplsStPaul Magazine 2014, Jan has done nails for photo shoots for Minnesota Bride Magazine and Elegant Magazine. She specializes in natural nails and pedicures with reflexology - how fabulous!
Urban Village Salon Spa is a full service salon & spa owned, managed, and operated by numerous female entrepreneurs and independent contractors. Urban Village offers a gamut of services ranging from nail care, hair care, skin care, waxing and more.
Dream Duffel is exactly what the name spells, a duffel bag that is a dream come true. From the sturdy material, endless pockets, insulating pouches, stool, easy to maneuver handles and bars, pop up changing station, garment bags and best of all the pop-up adjustable clothing rack that is built in - this product is versatile for many consumers!
Take a peek at this demo video to see how Dream Duffel could be your next purchase. THEN - if you're ready to have a Dream Duffel of your own, use this coupon code: DDHITA10 to receive 10% off until Aug. 8th!
RuvaAfricWear.com strives to be the best and number one online source for African art and fashion. From the start of an online store to share with all consumers, the exquisite and well-crafted African art and fashion from various countries magnifies their motto: "Art & Fashion Exclusively for You from the Motherland." From Minnesota to LA to Africa and far beyond, RuvaAfricWear has planted its roots and grown quickly.
Owned by Sylvester Ndhlovu, RuvaAfricWear offers featured and customized designs, men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, fitness apparel, home decor, art, sculptures, and textiles that captures the interest and attention of most any shopper.
I had the privilege of interviewing Sylvester in Season 2 of my web series, HitaTalk, and since then I have seen his work featured in numerous events, showcases, social media and model profiles, fashion shows and publications. I am thrilled to be dressed in featured RuvaAfricWear apparel for a portion of my pageant weekend festivities.
See more of the collection and apparel line by visiting their website: www.RuvaAfricWear.com AND follow them on social media @RuvaAfricWear on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
For questions or inquiries, you can email Ruva@RuvaAfricWear.com