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'Shahs Of Sunset'

Slammed by Hot Model ...

I'm the Real 'Persian Barbie'

12/2/2012 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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There can only be one "PERSIAN BARBIE" ... so says a smokin' hot model who claims Bravo's show "Shahs of Sunset" is illegally using HER moniker for one of their cast members.

Niki Ghazian (left) -- FHM model and self-proclaimed "Persian Barbie" -- fired off a cease and desist letter last week to Bravo honchos ... claiming the network has no right to use the term for its newest star Lilly Ghalichi (right).

FYI -- Lilly's co-stars refer to her as the "Persian Barbie" on the show ... which Bravo has utilized in promos and on Lilly's official bio.

Niki says that's not okay -- and while she never applied for a trademark, she says she's the "common law owner" ... claiming ever since 2005, publications like FHM, Kandy Mag, NYLA Mag and more have used it to describe her.

Niki is demanding Bravo stop using the term ASAP -- and remove it from their ads, website and any other press releases ... or else.

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1.

KellyinCA    

Given that the "title" is derived from another patented name - owned by whoever owns Mattel these days - I don't think this is going to get anywhere near a courtroom except to get laughed out of it.

639 days ago
2.

Capricorn    

Ok, do rich people realize folks are still having a hard time from hurricane sandy?

639 days ago
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fierce89    

The one on the right is prettier so she should give it up!

639 days ago
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andria    

like someone else already said, Barbie is a trademarked name. Doesn't really matter what you put in front of it, you don't own the name. Sounds more like she's upset that someone else is getting the fame for it. Boo hoo for you. On the bride side, who gives a **** about Shah's of Sunset?

639 days ago
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NoBrains,NoHeadaches.    

The one on the left doesn't even look Persian, just more like a jacked up burnt barbie.. the one on the left is a beautiful Persian women. I don't think either should be proud to refer to themselves as barbie.

639 days ago
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Scary    

Aren't they both infringing on the real Barbie trademark??

639 days ago
7.

Michael    

Does anyone even watch this show?

639 days ago
8.

Gary    

Another one of Ryan Seacrest planted stories by his bf Harvey...what's with Ryan and gypsies?

639 days ago
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lou stewl    

Niki is freaking Armenian..... thats like a mexican calling themselves an aztec king!

639 days ago
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EasilyHard    

Take off the Mac, the extensions and take away daddy and moms black cards = Fame Hoe skanks

639 days ago
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joclo    

The brunette is way prettier

639 days ago
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MomofTrips    

How can you be a "Persian" Barbie when you are Armenian? Im an Armenian from Iran and I dont call myself Persian.

639 days ago
13.

esq777    

It would be funny if Mattel sued both of them.

639 days ago
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Jannie    

None of them has a right to that name. It's trademarked by Mattel. I remember an old lady got a cease and desist letter a few years ago because HER NAME WAS BARBIE!!!!! hahaha, true story. Matell wanted her to change her name. jeez.

639 days ago
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GothamGirl    

It's so sad when immigrants take on the worst characteristics of the culture they join, instead of elevating it to a more literate one.

639 days ago
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