They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, luckily for us here at COCO, the Paragon Model Management team gave us an exclusive with one of their top models, Shaquille. After we sat down with Shaquille, we realized that there was so much more to this Caribbean beauty than what is captured behind the lens of a photographer’s camera.
Get to learn more about our July 2015 Cover Girl, Shaquille Branker.
COCO: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? Your background and when and how did you get into modeling?
Shaquille: I’m 21 years old and currently I’m a primary school Teacher/ Student athlete. I play volleyball, Row and throw Javelin. My manager knows me as the “Jill of all trades”, because I’m creative and I love learning new things. My mom is Trinidadian and my dad is Vincentian so I have pretty much experienced both cultures even though I live in St. Vincent.
I started modelling because my best friend at the time was a dancer and a model, she thought it would be cool if we did something together. So, in my first year of college I decided to join the Performing Arts Society Modelling Group. In my final year, I was one of the heads of the modelling committee.
COCO: How long have you been modelling?
Shaquille: I have been modelling for about 2-3 years.
COCO: What’s your most memorable modelling project and why?
Shaquille: My most memorable project, would have to be my first photoshoot with SVG’s designer, Shernicia Mayers. I was the newbie in the crowd and I was really nervous. I kept sweating off my makeup and fidgeting. At the end of the shoot Shernicia came to me and asked if I would model more of her pieces later on, I was really excited.
COCO: How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?
Shaquille: When preparing for a photoshoot, I start drinking 2-3 litres of water 2 weeks before the day of my shoot. A week before, I start doing body scrubs and facials so my skin glows much more. I also do a check up on everything that is required for the shoot, so I’ll know what I have or need to get. No sweets period!
COCO: What advice do you have for other aspiring models?
Shaquille: Simple advice I would give to aspiring models is to be yourself. Don’t ever try to be like the super skinny girls in magazines or on television. Yes, being fit is great but don’t ever compare yourself to them. You are beautiful in your own skin.
COCO: Do you aspire to go into any other aspects of the fashion industry (writing, photography, marketing, etc.)?
Shaquille: I’ve never really thought that far ahead but off the top of my head now, I’d say photography and maybe marketing.
COCO: How would you describe your style?
Shaquille: My style is comfort over fashion, stylish yet sleek.
COCO: What’s your number one go-to outfit from your own closet?
Shaquille: Number one go-to outfit at the moment would have to be my ripped boyfriend jeans, any spaghetti strapped top, brown sandals/ converse, my gold Jewry and my ray ban shades aka hater blockers [laughs].
COCO: If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?
Shaquille: Hmm, if I could meet anyone in the world it would have to be…Oprah Winfrey or Michael Jordan. Having a casual conversation with either of them would be fine with me.
COCO: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you take with you?
Shaquille: OH boy! First off, how long am I going to be stranded for? I’d need to know what to pack [laughs]. Uhh…..If I were stranded on a deserted island, three items I would take would be, my bed with my mosquito net [laughs], toilet paper and an endless supply of cinnamon rolls.
COCO: If I was to open your fridge, what would I see?
Shaquille: My fridge contains, tons of fruit, juice, a plate of caramel drops covered in chocolate, yogurt, happy cow cheese, bread, chicken and milk.
COCO: Who is your favorite model?
Shaquille: Gabrielle Allyse Reece (American Volleyballer, fashion model and actress)
COCO: Who are your favorite designers?
Shaquille: Calvin Klein & Escada
COCO: Any favorite clothing stores or brands?
Shaquille: HnM, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Urban Outfitters & Old Navy.
COCO: What is your favorite colour?
COCO: Tell us your favorite food.
Shaquille: Chicken Alfredo
COCO: What about your favorite drink?
Shaquille: Pineapple juice
COCO: Do you have a favorite perfume to wear?
Shaquille: Rock n’ Roses by Valentino
COCO: What is your favorite song?
Shaquille: Killing Me Softly by Lauryn Hill
COCO: Who is your favorite celebrity?
- Height: 5’9″
- Weight: 149
- Bust: 34 b
- Waist: 28″
- Hip: 39/40″
- Dress size: medium
- Shoe size: 9
- Eye colour: dark brown
Get Social with Shaquille
- Instagram: KingBranker_