Ariea Bastami: Mr. BPA


Ariea Bastami is one of the 12 candidates participating in this year’s Mr. Plano pageant. Photo by Lydia Sebany.

Bastami participates in and is the chapter president of BPA. He aspires to become an ESPN sports broadcaster in the future and in his spare time he likes to play basketball with his friends.

Q: What is something weird about you?

A: When it’s late at night, I like to watch romantic comedies, and every time I have to have some popcorn with a little bit of peanut butter on it.

Q: What was the most terrifying moment of your life?

A: I was like 60 pounds overweight in middle school, and went down a slide and there was just a really narrow part and needless to say I got stuck. I had to wiggle my way out, but I was fine.

Q: Who is your role model?

A: I would say my biggest role model is probably my mother. She’s gone through so much adversity in her life. She came from Iran and was able to make something of herself here.