Thursday, December 15, 2016

ALL WOMAN PROJECT

I am so so incredibly happy to share the images from the All Woman Project that I got to be a part of. My two wonderful friends from Muse Models (my agency): Charli Howard and Clementine Desseaux came up with the idea to finally produce a campaign using women of all different sizes and colours.


The idea was to demonstrate that it's possible to have women all different women, who doesn't fit the status quo, in one campaign together. That never happens! Look at some of the campaigns of brands and advertising out right now. Are there straight sized models? Yes. Are there plus sized models? Yes. Are they ever TOGETHER? Never. And the issue isn't just with sizing.

For me, this project meant a lot. Representation for coloured models, especially of Indian descent is [putting it lightly] pretty horrible in the fashion industry. It's particularly horrendous for darker skinned Indian women like me. So for me, this project was about demonstrating that Indian women have as much a place in diversity campaigns as other minorities. I could never visualize myself being a model when I was younger because I didn't see anyone in media that looked like me. My mission is really to change that. I want brown girls to see ourselves represented in media to help us realize that we are beautiful, we can do anything and we don't need to aspire to have light skin or caucasian features in order to be accepted.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My article on thewrit.net! #aftershock2016

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of thewrit.net - a crowd sourced journalism blog run by my friend Victoria Kuketz! It's a pretty cool concept because they call on a topic and the readers or writers (like me!) get to weigh in with some short thoughts. It's really interesting to see the difference perspectives of people from so many diverse fields, all in one place!

 The first topic we were asked to write about was the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential Election. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Mundane - Synzine

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Refinery 29 - Every Beautiful Body!

Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend an amazing event by Refinery 29 in partnership with Lane Bryant and Aerie. It was called Every Beautiful Body Symposium (part of the 67% project) and it called for better size representation from the fashion industry. The idea came from the statistic that 67% of women identify as plus size, but the only 2% of images in media depict plus-sized women.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jesse Williams' BET Awards Power Speech 2016!


I'm just gonna leave this here..

What he's saying holds so much truth and relevance. And it's relatable to all cultures in modern society. Not necessarily on the same level but there are many parallels to be drawn. When people start speaking more like this instead of caressing egos and pretending to be colour blind... that's when real change will happen.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whitewashing in Hollywood - We can't even get diversity when the roles are written FOR us?!

Ummm....yeah it's a problem.

I've seen uproar about this here and there lately, and of course it irked me but, as I started doing research I found that this "whitewashing" of characters has been an issue for a really long time in Hollywood. I'm not talking about blackface, I'm talking about white actors just straight up playing characters that were written as nonwhite... and no one seems to have an issue with it.

An old example is Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra. A more recent example is Jake Gyllenhaal playing Dastan in Prince of Persia. Basically, instead of trying to find someone who is actually from the correct character in which a character is written, Hollywood goes to the default: white, because you know there's already too many roles for people of colour anyways. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Model Chat with Vanessa! | Shivani Persad


Hey everyone! I'm so happy that I finally have another model chat video to share. This one features my friend Vanessa (who's also a youtuber) and a model in NYC. Join us as we talk about what we love, what we hate, our experience as models of colour and so much more! I really hope you enjoy this video, and if you'd like to see more model chats in the future make sure you let me know in the comments below. As always, don't forget to comment, rate and subscribe as it's always greatly appreciated. Lots of love xoxo

Monday, June 6, 2016

Overly Demonstrative Roles for POC in Media - What's the issue?


Do you ever notice how people are typecast in TV shows or advertisements? I’ve always wanted to bring up this issue of over demonstrative roles/characters because I think it’s such an unspoken problem in our society. 

If there’s a nerd on the show, he’s probably asian. If the show involves Indians, they probably have an accent. If an advertisement/tv show depicts a poor person or a terrorist, that person will more than likely be of colour. If a company is trying to portray a certain product as “tribal” they’ll probably use a black/indian girl. (Or worse, they won’t - but that’s a whole different argument). 

This had always dawned on me in acting. There were rarely people of colour on TV growing up, but when there were they seemed to fit a certain stereotype. Funny black guy, nerdy asian kid, fobby indian friend. There wasn’t much in between. 

But why is this a problem? I mean POC want more representation, and now they’re getting it right? So what’s the issue?

The issue is MASSIVE. And here’s why:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Collab Video - Models love avocado!


Hey all! I made a collab video with my friend Vanessa who has an amazing vlog/foodie channel. We made these yummy cucumber avocado bites, which came out NOTHING like they were supposed to! But that's okay, that's what makes it interesting :) Be sure to check it out, I'll probably collab with Vanessa again so look forward to that. I also did a video with her for my channel and that's coming out later today - so look out for it. I hope you guys enjoy this video, it was a lot of fun filming it! See ya'll soon! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Year's Resolution - Check in!

OMG IT'S JUNE! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN? WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!

Okay babes, let's look back to about 6 months ago when we all made our New Year's Resolutions.

If you didn't see mine you can read them by clicking here!

Remember - we made very specific and tangible goals, so let's look at how we're doing half way through the year.

GOAL #1: BOXING
Meeting with my trainer more and consistently taking class: I've finished sessions with my trainer however I've found that I can achieve the results I want by taking two classes, five days a week and doing a 30 min one-on-one boxing session on shoot days. So I didn't follow those goals exactly, but I've still found a way to reach my body goals!
Making sure I do 20 mins jump rope and 20 mins exercise when I'm not in NYC: I'm not proud here..but this one still needs work. When I'm not in the city I haven't been taking much advantage of hotel gyms etc. But I have to, I'll be working on this one I promise!

GOAL #2: BE A TOURIST IN MY OWN CITY
Go to at least one tourist attraction per month: Okay so this one hasn't happened exactly as I planned, but I found a way to reach the goal! I noticed that trying to plan to go once a month wasn't working because of my schedule. So instead, I started to make sure I do more touristy excursions when people visit. I'm proud to say I just did a bunch of stuff this weekend! My cousin visited from Toronto and we did so many cool things. I think it works better for me to explore the city when someone visits !

GOAL #3: MODELING
Solidify my regular ecommerce clients: YES! I can proudly say that I've done this! I know who my clients are in the US and Canada now. And I may even have a couple in Europe too soon! The goal now is to keep these and get even more regulars to keep my income consistent.
Booking 5 major campaigns: I've booked some smaller ones so far this year, but I have faith! The year isn't over and I think I'll be able to get some bigger ones under my belt by December!

GOAL #4: VEGANISM
Completely give up dairy: I'm half of the way there on this one. I'm upset because I really thought I'd be totally vegan by now. But I guess I have to do it all on my own time. I can successfully say I don't drink milk products anymore. However, I'm really struggling with the cheese situation. I just love it so much and it's in so many veggie dishes. HELP!

GOAL #5: BLOGGING
Get this blog established: I think I'm about half way there on this one too. And I'm working on it everyday. I've found so many cool resources and taken so many online webinars and courses this year so far. I think I'm really on the way to building my brand and getting this blog out there. I've had some posts go really viral - and that's awesome. Now I need to work on consistency, building a community and helping all of my posts be as popular as the viral ones!

How'd you do with your New Year's resolutions? Are you making progress with some and not others? That's totally fine. I mean look at mine, it's a process for sure and sometimes all you need to do is tweak them a little bit. Let me know how your progress is going in the comments below! :)

Monday, May 30, 2016

5 reasons why turning 26 is awesome!

Hey all! So it was my birthday last weekend and it was a day I was dreading a bit. Why? Well to me, going past 25 means I'm practically 30. Which is scary! Or so I thought..

Why should getting closer to 30 be a scary thing? I thought of all of the people I knew who were close to 30, or already 30 and are doing amazing things or STILL WORKING towards amazing things.

So I thought (in true Shivani style..), being 26 gives me 4 more years to accomplish all the things I want by 30. It's another opportunity to set goals! And if I don't get it all done, we'll change the age to 35 and keep working!

I decided to embrace this age, and use all of my experience up until this point as an advantage to get me to where I want to be.

I sat down and told myself: anytime I'm feeling crappy about getting older or "getting closer to 30" (quotations because, it ain't a bad thing!) I'm going to remind myself of these 5 reasons why being 26 is awesome!

1. You're no longer in your early-20s, and that's a good thing. Let's put it this way: you have no choice but to be a REAL adult now. Make it work. You're over the "I"m 25" hump and that's awesome because now you can use the next 4 years as a deadline to get shit done!

2. You have experience. By the time you're 26, most of us have graduated college, maybe even gone to graduate school or already started working a full-time job for a couple years. DUDE, that's amazing. Take all of that experience into your 4-year journey and use it to get you closer to where you want to be! (And if you haven't done any of those things, it doesn't matter - everyone's journey happens at a different pace, you can still use the next 4 years to make shit happen, don't worry).

3. You get to break barriers. You can go against the grain of other people your age and reach your goals your own way. Ever wanted to this to be said about you?: "...and she did it all before she was 30". That's what's fueling me right now! 26 is this interesting age where you're kind of supposed to be over adolescent stuff and really forming your future. (Of course this happens for everyone at different times, but I've found for a lot of people it's an important formative year). I feel like I get to be the person who says: "You know what I'm 26, choosing not to get married or have kids right now, choosing to make changes in my industry and I can still party like I did back in college". And honestly, I know that I can do all three and accomplish what I want by the time I'm 30.

4. You get to choose your path. 26 is that interesting age where your friends are getting married and having babies, working a grueling 9-5 or they still have no idea what they're doing in life and drinking their sorrows away (I'm kidding obviously there are more scenarios than that but you catch my drift). And you know what, why can't you have all three? Why can't you hustle, fall in love and party to your hearts content? The thing I love about being 26 is I feel like I'm really choosing my own path. I know that the marriage/babies thing isn't for me right now. I get to choose my career and run with it, while also having wine every night if I want to! I feel like being 26 has this stigma of expectations attached to it, so it allows me the opportunity to reflect on where I am in life in comparison to my peers and really choose what's right for me. You don't have to succumb to expectations, create your own.

5. You made it past 25 girl. Listen, no matter where you are in life, making it past 25 deserves an applause. Of course we're all still learning and growing but MAN those are difficult f*cking years of your life. You made it past high school, college, your first relationship, your first job... any number of trying life experiences. YOU GOT THROUGH IT. Honestly that's saying a lot. Use it as motivation that you will get through the next 4 years, whatever it throws at you, and all of the years to come as well.

What I'm saying is, you're a badass and being 26 is badass too. I think you can find these reasons at any age, so there's no point is getting down about age - no matter how old you are!

How old are you? Leave a comment and tell me what's awesome about being your age. See you soon dolls! xx

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My University/College Experience | Shivani Persad


Hey dolls! Here's the link to that video I was talking about in my last post. I really hope it helps and please don't hesitate to leave a comment. I love starting conversations about this stuff because it makes it easier for us to create awareness to help each other out! I really hope you enjoyed this video and if you'd like to see more like it please let me know in the comments. As always, don't forget to give it a thumbs up - it really helps me out! And go ahead and click subscribe if you haven't already. Lots of love!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 things I would change about my university experience!


Hey all! Later this week (Thursday) I have a video going up on my channel that talks a little bit about my university experience and some things I would change if I could do it all over again.

I thought that this would be helpful to anyone going through university right now, but also for anyone (like me) who's finished, but still does some reflection every once in a while.

I encourage you to watch the video on my channel this Thursday (click here to be redirected to my youtube channel)! However, I also thought that it could be helpful to make a simple list of these things, for easy reading :)

Looking back on my university experience, here's a couple things I would change:

1. I wouldn't be involved in so many things.
I really wanted to take advantage of university and being involved in as many things as possible. This ended up being a downfall because I was always so busy, I often couldn't make time for other important things like school or a social life. I recommend only getting heavily involved in 1-2 extra curricular activities otherwise life might become a bit too overwhelming!

2. I wouldn't have tried to control my memories and groups of friends so much.
I was so set on creating certain memories and being friends with certain people, I didn't let it organically happen. I didn't have one group of solid friends because I tried too hard to control who I hang out with. I had many different groups, because I was involved in so much. But, I wish I had just one really close group sometimes. I recommend letting friendships organically form instead of trying to micro-manage social interactions.

3. I wish I didn't place such a "life and death" type importance on grades. 
Listen, of course you're in university to earn. And that's what you're paying for. But at the same time,  it can be very destructive to place an extreme amount of importance on grades, beat yourself up, or get depressed when you don't get a good one. There is a reason students are so heavily stressed out and emotionally affected by post-secondary education. Yes, it's important - but remember there is life after school and you are more than your grades. Remember: your grades don't denote your self-worth.

4. I wish I didn't plan out my future so heavily. 
I had my 5-year plan, and it was all contingent upon me getting into this one masters program. Surprise: I didn't get in. It literally felt like the end of my world and I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. I truly felt like a failure. Perhaps, if I had let my future be a little less planned (a little more flexible) then maybe this disappointment wouldn't have hit me like a ton of bricks and caused me to plunge into a downward spiral of sadness. I recommend planning for different outcomes and realize that you need to treat all of your possible outcomes with potential reality. (Note: I did plan for other outcomes like college programs, but I never saw them as a reality so when they became my only choice I was pretty devastated. Don't allow that to happen!)

Bottom line: YOU ARE AWESOME. Take it easy, don't control too much, work hard but remember this time in your life will pass and life will go on. Plan for a future that allows changes and believe me, everything will unfold as it should.

Are you in university? Is there anything you think you could change right now to have more of a positive experience?

Are you all done university? Thinking back, is there anything you would want to change? Let me know in the comments below!



Thursday, May 12, 2016

TRINIDAD PART 5! - Shivani Persad

Alrighty here we go! It's the last video in my Trinidad series! I'm happy and sad at the same time that this video is going up. So sad that this series is over because I loved sharing it with you guys. It was honestly one of the best trips I've ever been on. But at the same time, I don't mind it being over because it means there's room for more content! And I have so much of it coming you guys - get ready! Anyways, I really hope you enjoy this last vlog especially because I give you a taste of what the Nyloon Pool is like and that's one of the best tourist attractions in Tobago! Enjoy and I'll see you soon xx

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

AZEALIA BANKS: Why are you hating?

LO AND BEHOLD EVERYONE..Azealia Banks on the troll train again. What is it with this girl? Like why are you hating? Stop. Just stop. Be happy.

The funny thing is, when I saw this crap she was saying to Zayn Malik and Skai Jackson my immediate thought was: wow you're making me regret supporting you and your stance on Iggy Azalea. 

Now while I do still agree on her overall POV on Iggy, that doesn't mean that I agree with everything she says..CLEARLY. Also, let's just get real - she's irrelevant. It just so happened that what she said about Iggy resonated with a lot of coloured people, but it's clear that she's just a troll looking to be negative and spread hate for attention, since she clearly doesn't mind hating on other women of colour lie Skai Jackson (who is 14 by the way..) or men of colour like Zayn Malik. So I'm starting to think she just got lucky with the Iggy comments. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Trinidad Part 4! | Shivani Persad


Hello lovers :) I'm so happy this vlog is finally up. For me to FINALLY go to Trinidad Carnival in my life was honestly the most amazing experience. I love my culture; the music, the food, the vibes - and I'm so happy that I have a platform here to share it with you all. I really hope you enjoy this vlog because this is kind of the highlight of the Trinidad vlog series. And honestly, it was pretty much the most fun day of the whole trip. After this, we went to Tobago - which was also pretty awesome, so you should look forward to that vlog coming next week! Stay tuned and I'll see you soon :) xx

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Featured on The Business Model!

Hey everyone - I'm so excited to share that today I was featured on The Business Model. Check out their website at www.businessmodelmag.com! They are an amazing resource for models all over the world. Their website provides guides to different markets, information about the industry and many resources to help models develop their career and navigate this crazy fashion world. 


And here's a little excerpt of it here:

What changes, if any, would you like to see made in the industry? 
So many. But let’s start with the main three: women of colour, women of different body types and sweatshop labour. The first two are issues of representation, and they’re slowly on their way but this idea of “fast fashion” has to end. People are being paid unfairly, put to work in horrible working conditions, being treated like slaves to the industry – and for what? So you only have to pay $5 for that shirt? I don’t think so, this system isn’t working and we need to come up with a new one.

Want to see more? Here's another little quote where I talked about changes I'd like to see in the industry..

Now go click that link above and check it out!

Please show this publication your support! They're making waves by being on of the only resources of their kind online for models. I appreciate their work so much and I'm so honoured that they chose to feature me today.

Have a good one my babes xx

                                              

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How do you handle rejection and criticism?

Everyone thinks modelling is this business where everyone tells you you’re beautiful all the time. It must be so nice right? Don’t you feel so confident? Umm… no.

Where this does happen on occasion, I really think it’s important for people to understand: that much like other parts of the entertainment industry – the modelling world is based on rejection.
What do you mean Shivani? I see you in advertisements, clients must like you, it doesn’t seem like you’re getting rejected.

Monday, May 2, 2016

#posewithshiv

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a wonderful Monday! I wanted to invite you all to join in my hashtag #posewithshiv. I basically started this hashtag because I had a lot of friends and family, and also followers sending me snapshots of my pictures when they'd see them. Whether it was in the mall, online, a billboard; anything and anywhere really.



Once in a while people would send me some cute shots of them in the pictures with me! I absolutely loved that! I thought it was such a sweet way to show support. So I thought, instead of having people jus send me these, and then letting them disappear forever... why don't I post them? Thereby showing my appreciation and sharing the love! So that's what I do.

Boom - #posewithshiv was born. I try to post these on instagram every couple of weeks. or whenever I see them pop up on snapchat or on instagram.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

TRINIDAD PART 3! | Shivani Persad

Oooooh! We're getting so close to the carnival vlog I can't freakin' wait!!! Here is part 3 of my Trinidad trip - also equally exciting because of J'OUVERT! Don't know what that is? Make sure you watch this vlog to see it for yourself. You won't regret it! This blog also shows a bit of Monday Mass, which is basically just the day before the actual carnival, where we go through the parade route, and...drink and party on the way. As per usual! Anyways, I really hope you enjoy this vlog and I absolutely can't wait for you see the next one! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Can you be a model if you’re uncomfortable being NAKED?!


Can you be a model if you're uncomfortable being naked? The short answer to this question is – yes. Now let’s be very clear here: there are really only two instances in which you’d be showing skin. One instance is on camera, which you can definitely deny if it’s something you’re with which you’re uncomfortable. The second instance is when changing either on set or backstage in front of people, or in a change room depending on the situation.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Trinidad Part 2 | Shivani Persad


Here it is! Day 2 of my Trinidad Vlog Series. I really hope you enjoy it :) Maracas Beach is one of my favourite beaches in Trinidad and I show quite a bit of it in this vlog. I also show a bit of a staple Trinidadian food, "shark and bake" and towards the end of the video we visit an old house where my grandfather used to live. I've never actually met him so it was pretty cool to pass by where he used to live and where he spent a lot of his life. Part 3 of this series is coming out soon and it's an exciting one! Stay tuned babes xx

Monday, April 25, 2016

Majid Jordan "A Place Like This" Official Video


I did this video a couple years ago in Toronto and I just stumbled upon it again! I love it! I wanted to share some of my old work with you guys, so I thought this was a good throwback. I haven't done a music video in a long time and I really enjoyed doing this one. It was a REALLY long day, but in the end I think the video came out really great. What do you think? What music video would you wanna be in if you could choose one? Let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bronx Babe

Friday, April 15, 2016

Trinidad Part 1! | Shivani Persad


Yay! My first Trinidad video is up! I'm so excited to share all of this with you all - look forward to a lot of vlogs since this was a long 10 day trip. It'll show carnival, beaches, Tobago and a lot more! And if you're looking forward to some non-vlog videos, believe me I have some coming up. I just want to keep the vlogs consistent when they're in a series so that way it's easier for you to follow them in order. But, feel free to let me know if you want to see any other kind of videos and I'll work on them! :) Love you xx 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tulum Day 3! | Shivani Persad


Check out my last day in Tulum video! Some of the pictures I shot in Tulum are finally out - when they're all out I'll do a post on them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these shots, so I hope you like them too :) Anyways, enjoy this video and be sure to look out for my TRINIDAD vlogs coming soon! Take care dolls xx

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Do you suffer from anxiety?

To be honest, growing up I never really though I had an anxiety issue. Maybe it was something I grew into as I got older, or maybe it was a product of the people I had around me, the environments I was in..who knows.

All I know is that I now experience it in waves. Some days, for a couple days in a row - I just won't give a shit about anyone or anything, and I won't worry or over analyze, or get anxious at all. I'll go to a casting, and not even think about it afterwards. I won't think about how I did, if they liked me, if they'll book me, nothing.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tulum Day 2! | Shivani Persad


Check out day two of my amazing trip to Tulum! There are more vlogs coming from this trip, and also from my Trinidad trip - so stay tuned for that! Don't forget to give this video a thumbs up and comment/rate/subscribe if you like what you see! Love you all and see you soon xx

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bare Minerals Goodies!


Hey dolls!
When I did my campaign with Bare Minerals - they were kind enough to give me a big bag of goodies to try! Naturally, I decided to make a video, showcasing all of the products they gave me and sharing them with you guys. Let me know what you think. Do you like BM? Have you tried their products before? Are there any makeup brands you recommend me trying? Let me know in the comments below :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tulum Day 1! | Shivani Persad


Ahhhh! Here we are! I'm so excited to finally be posting these blogs of my amazing trip to Tulum. I abosolutely loved it there, and I'm definitely planning on going back sometime soon. If you've ever been to Tulum please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know where I should visit next time I go. Make sure to keep checking my channel because I'm posting the rest of these vlogs in the coming weeks. Take care dolls! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Trench Love


Saturday, April 2, 2016

A day in NYC! | Shivani Persad


Hey everyone! Check out this video - there's a lot to it. It includes a day in NYC and also some info on how I do my packing, because I was also travelling that night to Mexico! And don't forget to head over to my channel to see all of the vlogs of my Mexico and Trinidad trips coming soon! See you in the next one! xx

Friday, April 1, 2016

Trinidad Part 2! - Travel

Welcome to the second day of Carnival!
Here's a closer look at our beautiful costume!
Yeah..I had a little too much fun haha
My gorgeous girls with the designer of our costume! 
First day in Tobago..
Boat to the Nylon Pool! 
View of the ocean on our way back to shore.. 
The incredible beach - Store Bay, where we docked.
Chillin' on the boat..
Back in Trinidad at Tyrico Beach! 
Back to Canada!

Don't forget to look out for the vlogs of this trip on my channel! - youtube.com.liveshiv

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#throwbackthursday



Hey everyone! I thought it would be fun to share this awesome country music video I got to be a part of a couple years ago. This was a super long and exhausting shoot, but it was so much fun running around in a massive park in Ontario. I met some great people that day, and it's something I'll always remember. I'm glad it still exists here on youtube. Enjoy!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Shirpa in Sauga - Style










Jacket: Aritzia
Top: Express
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Garage
Shoes: Schutz

Photography by: Sarah Ragelle