Ask @Mahafsoun:

Who has been your greatest influence in photography?

So many models, photographers, movies, music, books... I can't even begin to list them to be honest. I get inspired by specific things but when I do, it opens up my imagination to the point where I can create things that I'm extremely proud of and happy with.
I actually opened up an album on Facebook dedicated to things that inspire me. I will expand the list soon: https://www.facebook.com/Mahafsoun/media_set?set=a.799449616771057.1073741905.100001180797916&type=3

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Do you see any parallels between Iranian culture and gothic and metal culture that have influenced your personal style?

Good question! I have never seen any traces of the gothic subculture in my culture as an Iranian. I mean, yes, there are gothic individuals who are Iranian (or Middle Eastern in general), but rarely do I see or know of any. Growing up in Iran, I never once heard of metal, goth or anything alternative. It was all new to me when I moved to Canada.

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I do not smoke , but I would like to start with the electronic cigarettes, What do you recommend me?

*-_Williaris_-*
If you don't smoke then I suggest starting with a nicotine free juice with whatever device you go with. If you don't need nicotine already, don't get yourself hooked on it. :) That's what I did.
I recommend the device in this video. You'd be just fine with the older version of the tank I talk about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTn_4S-Lo5U

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Do you come from a rich family?

No, I come from a normal, humble family that has enough. I myself work alongside my art, and still go to school to have a career in the medical field within the next few years. I prefer this life, because at least I get to appreciate everything I have, even the small things. I wasn't raised with much, so whatever I have now is a blessing to me.

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what kind of advice would you give other models to get to where you are?

The most basic one would be to only do what you're comfortable with and go from there. It is important to step out of your comfort zone, but not to the point where you are doing what you hate. Only if you're truly and deeply motivated to do so, should you drop your comfort veil and step further.
Learn to say No and to make good decisions from the start of your career or work. It will save you lots of trouble in the future. Basically, be honest with yourself about what you are comfortable with doing and what you want to achieve. I say this to all artists, not just models. :)

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Hi Foroogh! I'm a really big fan of yours and I love what you do! I just wanted to ask, around what age did you get interested in Goth subculture and what got you into it?

Thank you so much!
I got into this subculture when I was only 15. At first the fashion and art attracted me towards it. Artists like Victoria Francés truly inspired me and pulled me more towards this subculture.
I don't consider myself a proper Goth, but my style is definitely inspired by it.

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To have a behind the scenes to see how you work to have those wonderful foto's and videos would be awesome.. Is that possible for you to do?

Thank you!
I actually have 2 playlists on my YouTube with "Behind The Scenes" videos and more. :)
*Video blogs: http://youtu.be/xWba0AjMmuM?list=PLtoK9c6Qrw0U-5rTpARSewrlj0tg5HCV6
*Behind The Scenes: http://youtu.be/_bf7tXrD0aw?list=PLtoK9c6Qrw0U2fqFAjnlg95h-TSafHDow

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