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Shanina Shaik Denies Tyson Beckford Made Her

Make Me A Supermodel runner up Shanina Shaik overseas modelling career continues to be on the rise. However older boyfriend (or former depending on what you believe) Tyson Beckford says he has been her svengali and he actually made her model career. She however has denied it.

As he was promoting his role on Britain’s Next Top Model he said he created her.

The Daily Telegraph picked up the story and said he says:

“When I found her she was a regular girl,” Beckford said.

“I helped place her with the right people, get her teeth cleaned, her body toned up.

“Everything changed and now everyone wants a piece of her.

“I hear people say, ‘You can do better than Tyson’.

“I’m like, ‘Really? Really?! I created her’.”

However Shanina Shaik told fashion blog Frockwriter way before this furore hit the papers that Tyson did not help her career.

Frockwriter asked:

To what degree do you think Tyson Beckford may have inadvertently helped your career by virtue of his media profile and the celebrity factor?
I don’t think so. Tyson and I really keep our work separate and every now and then we’ll go to events together. Sometimes we’re just trying to make time together, because I work so much. Sometimes I say ‘You’ve contributed to it’. But everything that I do with my work is separate. And also I never asked him for any help on anything. He just supports me and that’s all I want.

Also in the interview she seems to back away from her reality TV roots. As they all do until they are asked to go on a reality show again…..

However the Daily Telegraph is also reporting that Shanina has moved out from Tyson’s home, but she does not confirm that they have actually broken up.

Personally I think he is a bit of a douche particularly after he divulged details of the couples sex life at the Victoria Secrets show.


1 sue N { 04.03.12 at 8:05 am }

I agree that Tyson is a douche, but I have always thought that she has done much better than she would have because of her connections through him. She is a beautiful girl and definitely model material, but I doubt she would have met the same people and been noticed so much overseas if he hadn’t been her bf- that said, he is a total douche and talk about taking advantage of his position on that model show when she was a contestant!!!!!!

2 Georgie { 04.03.12 at 9:43 pm }

“I’m like, ‘Really? Really?! I created her’.”

Like, Really? Really?! Like who created you?

3 Bianca { 04.18.12 at 6:18 am }

Based on many interviews Shanina has given she has clearly stated that Tyson merely provided her photo to NY Models and from there it’s their agents that take over. I’m sure Shanina doesn’t need Tyson’s help to forward her career cause in fact with a bf like that and based on his behaviours he would only ruin it for her. He’s a “has been” and really who would take him seriously. I don’t recall Shanina looking average before she met him