She’s the new reality star who has already garnered comparisons to both Kim Kardashian and Jersey Shore’s Snooki.
So it stands to reason that Shahs Of Sunset star Mercedes Javid is following in the footsteps of the pair and attempting to boost her own popularity by wearing as little as possible.
The pretty brunette star was seen spilling out of a blue strapless bikini which appeared to be a couple of sizes too small as she soaked up the sunshine poolside in Santa Barbara.
Mercedes, who is known on the show as MJ, was joined by a female friend as she alternated sunbathing and drinking beer by the pool, but didn’t actually go swimming for fear of ruining her hair and make-up.
And while Mercedes’ fans love her for her curvaceous figure, the 30-something star appeared self-conscious of her lumps and bumps at points.
As she gingerly lowered herself onto the waiting sunlounger, Mercedes did her best to adjust the two-piece to make it as flattering as possible.
A few sizes too small: Mercedes appeared slightly self-conscious of her curves as she reclined on her towel
Mercedes’ friend even joined in with the adjustments, pulling her pal’s bottoms away from her body to apparently look at her tan line.
The real estate agent has achieved notoriety through the surprise hit Bravo reality show Shahs of Sunset, produced by Ryan Seacrest.
The show is described by its producers as: ‘A group of friends…who are fervent on the dating and party scene, but seeking approval from their family, face pressures to settle down and marry within the community.
‘From outings on Rodeo Drive to traditional Persian feasts at home, this series celebrates the unique lifestyle of a group of friends who have worked hard for what they have and are not afraid to flaunt it.’
But Seacrest recently said that he knew the show would be popular because it’s mainly about friendship.
He told the Daily Beast: ‘The great thing about a show like this is that it promotes something I believe in, which is friendship and family. We like shows about that.’
And the popularity of the show is going from strength to strength, with ratings from the season 2 premiere of the programme showing that 2.3million viewers tuned in to the show.
The figure is a 106% rise from the season 1 debut of the show in March 2011.