It's a Guy Thing

Flawless Niki Ghazian

with FHM United Kingdom May 2024 cover star Niki Ghazian / @nikighazian 

Photography by Ryan Dwyer / @letshoot 

We’re happy to have you featured. Can you give us a bit of background on your career as a model and where it all started?  Actually, funny enough, my modeling career started in the pages of FHM! After I put together my initial modeling portfolio, I was contacted by Laurens Antoine from FHM to shoot for 20 Hot Dates. I ended up being featured in 20 Hot Dates in FHM US back in December 2005. Then in 2006, I was nominated for Miss FHM 2006, and my photo ran again in the June 2006 issue of FHM US. I was also in FHM US, UK, and Spain back in 2008, and named #51 on the FHM Latvia 100 Sexiest list in 2012. As you can see, I have a long history with FHM, and even though I have been in almost every other magazine on earth, Maxim, Playboy, Glamour, Kandy, New York Post, etc TMZ and the tabloids still refer to me as an FHM girl, because this is where I got my start. I also played for the Los Angeles Temptations in the Lingerie Football League and the Lingerie Bowl, which was a televised full tackle American Football League played by models. Of course, during all this, I managed to go to Law School and become a lawyer. I’ve been practicing law for about twelve years now and I’ve had many prominent litigations here in the States. I’ve received many accolades for my work as a Lawyer.

How do you usually begin your day? Usually with kisses and cuddles from my cute toddler son and my adorable dog! We all pile and sleep together, it’s quite lovely. After that, like everyone else, it’s on checking emails and checking my calendar for the day.

If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted, what would it be and why? I would go to the spa, get a massage, work out, have a nice lunch, tan by the pool, hit the beach, and just relax. It’s hard for me to find time for myself between my busy law practice and my very young son. I think what every mom wants, is just some “me time”. I wouldn’t mind spending the day going on a date with Tom Hardy either. If he was single… just saying.

What are your favorite ways to unwind and relax when you’re not working or traveling? I absolutely love the beach. I grew up in Santa Monica, near the beach. There’s nothing quite like playing hooky on a warm afternoon, skipping all your responsibilities for a couple of hours, and just going to the beach to tan, lay out, and surf. I also love yoga, and that’s something I’ve found in my life that’s really helped calm me. In the winter, I am very into snowboarding. The mountains are so peaceful and I often find serenity cruising on my snowboard.

Do you have any hidden talent, if so what is it? Yes, I can rap. True story, I was signed to Universal Europe circa 2003. I was in a rap/pop group with Mopreme Shakur, Tupac’s brother, Camilla Beeput, and a few others. We had a single that was popular in the UK, “The Jumpoff”, and in regular circulation on the radio. I briefly lived in London for a few months to promote our record and shoot our music video, which ended up as #8 on MTV Base. Prior to that group, I was recording as a solo artist known as Niki G., doing shows all over LA, and I even opened up for Rae Kwon from the Wutang Clan at the Troubadour. After I returned from London because our group dissembled, I decided to drop the music and fully focus on graduating from college and getting into Law School.

What’s the best place you have ever been to in the world? Bora Bora is French Polynesia for sure, with Sardinia as a close second. I am an avid traveler, it’s a passion of mine and I can tell you that Sardinia and Bora Bora are by far the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

What are some of your biggest dreams you hope to achieve? To be truthful, my son has autism and he is struggling to learn how to speak. I’m doing my best as his mother to get him all the help I can, but at the end of the day, it all falls on me. He has a few words he’s learned, but I am trying to get him fully conversant. My biggest hope and dream is for my son to speak, and to grow into a functioning, independent, happy, healthy, adult. It’s as simple as that. I’ve accomplished so much in my life and in my various careers. I just want my son to be okay.

3 things that you can’t go a day without.  Coffee, my son, and my dog. No particular order, haha!

Looking back, what advice would you give to younger yourself? Don’t waste time in relationships in your 20’s. Your 20s are for discovering who you are, not for being tied down to a man. Don’t give people second chances. People show you who they are the first time, second chances are only an open opportunity for them to burn you again. Spend less time arguing with people you love over petty things, and more time loving them, because everyone leaves this life in a snap of a finger and we don’t know when their time or our time will be. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and people are meant to be loved. It’s that simple.

That said, what advice would you give to all the women out there when it comes to love and relationships? You’re single until you’re engaged, sweetie! Don’t turn down a better man for a man who hasn’t proposed to you! Men will waste your time in a relationship if you let them, they don’t have a biological expiration and they usually don’t care about ours. Always have a timeline when dating someone, and don’t commit unless they’ve committed to you and are producing a ring. Finally, nobody is perfect, so if you wait for the “perfect man” you’ll end up alone. Find someone who loves you for who you are, and who you can be your true authentic self with 100% of the time. I truly feel like I didn’t find that in my life until I found my late husband. I could act out in the strangest, deeply personal ways, and he would still love me and laugh at my weird jokes. Before him, I always felt like I had to hide parts of myself because I perceived those parts as unlovable. My husband was the first and only man to make me feel 100% accepted, and I really appreciated that, and feel fortunate to have ever even found that in someone. Truthfully that gratitude helps me overcome the grief of losing him. The right person will love every part of you, and accept your “bad” parts with the good. Finally, you need to know your own love language and your partner’s love language. Gifts, Service, Words of Affirmation, Physical touch, etc. If you’re mutually willing to cater to each other’s love languages, your relationship will work, but it requires honesty.

Are there any qualities or traits you find particularly attractive in a partner and what do you value the most? Honesty, humor, intelligence, common sense (which is not so common these days…), self-awareness, athleticism, and most importantly, kindness.

Thanks so much for your time, Where can our readers follow you on social to stay up to date on what you’re up to? I can be reached at @nikighazian on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.