Meet Shaheel Sanil Prasad aka Shaheel Shermont Flair, a 24-year-old Fijian whose parody about the catwalk and things considered to be fashion have gone viral on social media.
His post has received more than 25 million views and counting. As someone born to be part of the information age, Shaheel has been doing what anyone his generation would do.
He has been making videos with a comedic edge about almost anything he can think of. He has done parodies of movie scenes and dance routines, and uses his social media platform for awareness as well.
This time his hilarious recreations of fashion shows feature him holding and wearing props such as a sheet of corrugated iron, a walker, a bench, a table, cardboard boxes, an iron gate, mops and buckets, and even a family member, have hit through the roof.
His stride and attitude as he mocks the fashion industry is said to be better than models and from the comments that have come, some want to see him on an international catwalk.
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Because of this video, Shaheel in now in talks with a major modelling agency and could be signing promotional gigs with commercial companies in Fiji. He said that was all he could reveal as talks are still ongoing.
By no means does he think he is an influencer however his latest popularity across all social media platforms suggests otherwise.
“I didn’t realize that I would go viral on Tik Tok, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,” he said.
Shaheel does get hate in his comments section but none of that has to do with his talent. Most hate comments are targeted at his sexuality. He said he has learnt to stand his ground.
“I take inspiration from Charlotte Flair who is a WWE superstar, I know WEE is scripted but she plays the role of a heel ….she gets a lot of hate for playing that character but she always stands her grounds,” said Shaheel.
“That kind of inspired me because when you part of the LGBT community you get a lot of hate. So I was inspired by her on how handle that kind of hate. I have always raised my voice whenever I had the need to.”
Creating videos is a passion for this young man and he says he will keep at it while he physically can. At most times he is a one man team but he has included a friend or two.
“I do the videos on my own, so I have to switch on the camera, run back to wear the prop and walk,” said Shaheel.