Reza Farahan was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Beverly Hills, Farahan is a 38-year-old real estate agent in Los Angeles. He is openly gay and often struggles with gossip and prejudice regarding his sexuality. He wanted to participate in the show after seeing news reports of the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay and he wanted to help by portraying a positive image of both gay people and Middle Easterners.
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His father is Jewish and his mother is Muslim. In an episode he reveals his father converted to Islam to marry his mother. When his parents' marraige ended in divorce his father moved back with his Jewish family in New York; in an episode it's revealed that Reza's paternal grandmother pressured his father and rejected Reza as not Jewish. Reza himself identifies from a primarily Muslim background, his name is associated with Islam. His family support him in spite of the pressure they feel to ostracize him.
Farahan stars on the Bravo TV show Shah's of Sunset. Farahan sold this property in November 2011.