The Daily Telegraph
October 12, 2015
ON the face of it, Auburn’s controversial deputy mayor Salim Mehajer and his new wife Aysha look as though they have not got a care in the world.
Glamming it up for a magazine shoot, it’s all designer labels (Louis Vuitton slip-ons anyone?) and glistening white smiles.
Yet behind the scenes it is a carefully orchestrated campaign to overhaul the image of Australia’s now most-infamous couple.
Mr Mehajer’s image has been left in tatters after he was recently slapped with a personal violence order and charged with intimidating Bruce Herat, the father of Lindt siege survivor Joel Herat, at the gym he manages.
If convicted, the 29-year-old property developer and deputy mayor could face up to two years in jail. He will appear in a Sydney court next month.
That follows Mr Mehajer’s over-the-top wedding, which dominated headlines and closed down his Lidcombe street, as well as the constant flaunting of his ostentatious lifestyle.
One of the issues the pair address in the latest issue of New Idea magazine are constant rumours of plastic surgery.
“I take it as a compliment that people think I’ve had work done, to be honest,” Mr Mehajer says, while his wife, a former Wollongong girl, admits to the pair’s “love of beauty”.
“It’s important to feel comfortable and happy with yourself, and if you want to change your look, go for it,” she says.
Just last week, Mr Mehajer declared in a bizarre television interview that he would one day like to be prime minister.
Now he’s opened the doors of his luxury family home, boasting of his personal collection of 10 prestigious cars.
“Money is not important to me,” Mrs Mehajer said in the magazine interview.
“People can have millions and be completely miserable.”