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Bahar Takhtehchian

With nearly two decades of experience in print, broadcast, and digital journalism, Bahar Takhtehchian is a multi-faceted writer, editor, television personality, and content creator based in New York City.

After spending three-and-a-half years as the Editor-at-Large and spokesperson of SHAPE magazine, Bahar is currently working as a freelance journalist in the beauty and lifestyle space.

A trusted and sought-after on-air expert, Bahar has appeared in more than a thousand TV segments and can be seen regularly on NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox & Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and local stations across the country. She is known for delivering innovative news and tips in an authoritative yet approachable manner and is skilled at making complex information conversational and easy to comprehend.

Always at the forefront of the latest research and trends, Bahar is an authority in the beauty and lifestyle industry who specializes in adding a relatable spin to her content. Whether she’s showcasing her must-have travel products on TV or writing a personal blog post on her postpartum experience, her goal is to educate and inform her audience by providing actionable tips and advice.

When Bahar’s not testing the latest lipsticks (she’s never met a nude shade she didn’t love), strollers (she has three and counting), or vacuums (she holds a special place in her heart for Dysons), she can be found playing with her son, whipping up a homemade meal, or traveling to a beautiful beachside destination with her husband.

The Chicago native (and deep dish pizza lover—hello, Pequod’s!) is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.



How Did You Begin Your Career?

I have wanted to be a journalist since I was 6 years old and could often be found “broadcasting” the nightly news live from my mom’s dresser mirror. I later became highly involved in my high school’s newspaper and broadcasting programs and furthered my training by studying magazine and broadcast journalism at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. I got my start in the real world by interning at New York, InStyle, Seventeen, and Maxim magazines, as well as the New York Daily News.

What Are Some of Your Favorite Food Indulgences?

I’m in the “live to eat” camp, so delicious food brings me tremendous joy. There’s nothing I love more than a fresh baguette, a warm croissant, fluffy pancakes, a slice (or two) of pizza, or a big bowl of super premium ice cream.

What Are Your Top 3 Travel Destinations?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some beautiful countries all around the world, but Santorini, Positano, and the French Riviera are my favorite travel destinations of all time because they provide the perfect mix of delicious food and to-die-for views.

What’s Your Fitness Routine Like?

You can usually find me at the gym bright and early in the morning. I try to exercise 5 days a week for 40 minutes, alternating between cardio and strength training sessions every other day.

What Are Your Top 5 Beauty Must-Haves?

A professional blow dryer (hotel blow dryers are my beauty nightmare!), mascara, under eye concealer, lip balm, & sunscreen.

Which Articles of Clothing Do You Splurge On?

I find that a perfectly-tailored blazer, a beautiful jacket, and a gorgeous pair of leather boots are always worth the money.

How Do You Like To Kick Back and Relax?

When I want to really pamper myself, I head to the spa and get a full body massage. It’s the best way for me to unwind, relax, and reset my mind and body.

What’s The Best Part of Being a Mom?

I love having a cute and curious little best friend at my side at all times! Playing with my son, hearing him laugh, and watching him discover and explore the world around him fills my heart with so much love and happiness.

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