Tyson Beckford made some internet waves earlier this week after he told the U.K.’s Evening Standard that he “created” his girlfriend, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik. Now Shaik is speaking up and while’s she’s not happy, she certainly isn’t as outraged as the rest of us.
Here’s what Beckford originally said:
“When I found her she was a regular girl. 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!’?”
First, in an interview with Frockwriter, Shaik argued that her male supermodel boyfriend didn’t actually have all that much to do with her success.
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.
GlobalGrind also caught up with Shaik, who told them exactly how she felt about Beckford’s interview:
“I did not take his comments seriously. He has always supported me. But he did not make me. My mother made me… He’s in the dog house, but I’ll let him out if he’s good.”
Good for her. But if that were us, he’d be in that dog house for good.