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'Shahs of Sunset' Producers

Slam FHM Model ...

Mattel Owns 'Barbie', Duh!

12/6/2012 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1203_Niki-Ghazian_getty"Shahs of Sunset" producers want to school an FHM model on the law -- telling her she has no right to sue over her handle "Persian Barbie" ... because Mattel trademarked the name a looong time ago!!

TMZ broke the story ... Persian model Niki Ghazian (above) accused the reality TV show of illegally using her self-proclaimed moniker, "Persian Barbie" ... for new cast member Lilly Ghalichi.

Now Berne Productions -- a subsidiary of Ryan Seacrest Prod. -- is responding to Niki's cease and desist letter with its own docs claiming she has no stake to the Barbie trademark.

Berne argues the term "Barbie" is 100% owned by Mattel -- and adds, "Any claim that Ms. Ghazian has acquired any property rights to a term that is a basic derivative of "Barbie" (i.e. "Persian Barbie") is unsound and not defensible." Aka ... go kick rocks, Ms. Ghazian.

Berne also claims 'Shahs' isn't violating Mattel's trademark because "Persian Barbie" is merely descriptive of Lilly's rockin' bod.

Exhibit A ...

1206-lilly-ghalichi-getty

81 COMMENTS

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1.

StevenB    

Ladies, just so you know -- when a guy refers to you as a "barbie", it is NOT a compliment. It means he thinks you are either : 'plastic', 'cheap', 'nothing but a plaything' or some combination of the three.

It NEVER means you have a 'rockin' bod'.

625 days ago
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kermit    

faulk this show this is America!

625 days ago
3.

PictureUp    

besides being butt ugly Niki Ghazian is armenian NOT persian

625 days ago
4.

tina    

She has more plastic than a tupperware party, and I am willing to bet she has the IQ of a house plant. Men like that, but in the long run when you sit down to have a conversation with her, she will be saying, "What is peace"

625 days ago
5.

Carl    

She'd be better off wearing a veil. Actually, I mean WE'd be better off if she wore a veil.

625 days ago
6.

john    

These hairy, nasty Whores will never fit anywhere in American culture. To everyone on the show, get lost on the camels you came here on. And FU to mini Seacrest for making a show about these s***bags.

625 days ago
7.

PhilipMarkum    

Isn't this the chick that Lohan smashed in the face at the NY bar? So - wait - she's a Persian Barbie AND a psychic? COOL!

625 days ago
8.

tina    

And if she sucks in her belly any further, her belly button will be by her ass. Apparently "Spanks" works for her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

625 days ago
9.

Max    

Are the Shahs from Iraq or Iran? Because there is no Persia anymore. Are they ashamed to be from there? Ooops. No more Shahs either.

625 days ago
10.

Hank    

they are both hideous hairy big-nosed apes and Matel should sue them both unless they are going to releasing a smelly hairy annoying Barbie sometime soon who only cares about money and marrying a rich big-nosed guy who wears too much cologne and drives a BMW

625 days ago
11.

Michael    

Neither one are attractive and no one cares. Does anyone even watch this show?

625 days ago
12.

some guy    

Sorry TMZ, but reading this story just exceeded my recommended daily allowance of crap.

625 days ago
13.

Phishie from Philly    

An anorexic Kim Kardashian.

625 days ago
14.

LizzieBlueEyes    

Too skinny with HUGE Minnie Mouse shoes. The girl on top looks RIDICULOUS as a blonde. Laughably horrible.

625 days ago
15.

Rail Runner    

I think Air-Head Barbie would be more appropriate.

625 days ago
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