Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi

BY TEMI AKISANYA

DC Native Tala Raassi is set to release her memoir "Fashion is Freedom: A Girl From Tehran and Her Rise to the Runway" in September. Tala, a women entrepreneur in the DC fashion industry, tells her empowering story as to how she went from the streets of Tehran as a teenager to being named “One of the Most Fearless Women in the World" by Newsweek Magazine.

"As a child, Tala found ways to nourish her passion. She would cut up her mother’s fur coats to make clothes for her dolls; craft her own jewelry and sell them at secret trunk shows; sneak out to parties with her brother to wear the latest fashions. But she never imagined her behavior—and a mini skirt—would land her in prison for five days, sharing a roof with murderers and rapists, receiving brutal lashings from a government trying to quiet her spirit."

The book is filled with the ups and downs of Tala's life, and she is transparent throughout, giving the audience a look into her story. From personal to business and much more, she does not hold back from the truth, which makes the memoir a page turner, to say the least.