In the life of.... Sasha Shantel
November 07, 2011 by Kibla Ahmed
Exclusive Sasha Shantel interview for 3meworld.com
Our intrepid reporter Kibz, met up with the exquisite Sasha Shantel at an award ceremony and managed to use that opportunity to discuss various topics close to Sasha’ heart. As in true fashion, Kibz had left no stone unturned.
3meworld.com. Could you tell us a little about your background? What kind of upbringing did you have?
My name is Sasha Shantel and I am the Editor and Co-Creator of award winning on-line magazine In-spireLS Magazine, the UK's online source for positivity. I am also a Model and aspiring Entrepreneur, just working on achieving my dreams, one day at a time. In terms of my upbringing I was raised on a council estate in Peckham, South London to a single parent. The typical makings of another statistic. Yet, I managed to succeed in education, successfully complete University and work on building a lasting career. I'm far from there yet, but I am committed to my cause.
3meworld.com. What point would you identify as your first “big break”?
In terms of ‘writing’, my first break came from being a features writer for my local magazine which was Southwark Young People's Magazine Project. This was the boost I needed to recognise that writing is my ultimate blessing and main talent. In terms of modeling, I wouldn't say I have had a big 'break' as such but gaining management and clothing sponsorship from clothing brands including Babyphat, Applebottoms and gaining a hair sponsorship deal from Sleek was a major boost. I have been blessed to work with some amazing brands and companies ever since I started modeling in 2007. I hope to expand upon this as we move into 2012.
3meworld.com. How did you get started in this industry?
Initially I started my modeling career by entering various beauty contests. In 2007 I entered a competition by then magazine 'Touch' to be the face of the magazine. I ended up coming 2nd in the competition. I then entered Mahogany Model of Colour and came 5th. In 2008 I won Miss Flavour which is the annual beauty pageant organized by Flavour Magazine. Since 2007 I have worked with a number of brands and companies and I have featured within a number of on-line magazines, here in the UK and stateside.
3meworld.com. Do you prefer modeling to what you are doing now?
Writing is my passion and it is the one thing I have been doing the longest. Branding is very important to me and I want the magazine to be a household name so that is a major driving force for me right now. I feel modeling will develop as my magazine grows; so writing (out of the two) is definitely my preference.
3meworld.com. What kind of skills do you need to have in order to make it? Do you need to be streetwise?
Streetwise? Maybe. Bold and brave, definitely. Over the past few months I have taken some major risks but when you believe in yourself and your abilities the risk is worth taking. That is what it takes to make it. The people who have reached the top of their field have all at some point taken risks. That is when you can expect the magic to happen.
3meworld.com. Would you rather be known as The Body – or the businesswoman?
Can I slyly be known as both, why can't I have my cake and eat it? To be honest though, I want to perfect the business and develop my brand. When it comes to writing I am like a duck to water. Business is still a learning curve for me. I have a long way to go but it is an exciting and fulfilling journey.
3meworld.com. Do you find people sometimes underestimate your abilities?
3meworld.com. How do you manage running a business and still looking good all the time?
It's not that hard because I don't put the magazine together on my own. All of my ventures are supported by people close to me. I am not alone and I am grateful for that.
3meworld.com. What can people expect from you next in your career?
Growing the magazine is number one. Hopefully modeling some more would be a plus. I have another venture that I hope to make a living from over the next few months. I don't want to work for anyone and that is my main and only focus.
3meworld.com. What would some good fashion tips for ladies be/or any tips for those wanting to get into the same industry as you?
Fashion tips would be to dress to match your shape. Too many women wear ill fitting clothing which is the first thing people notice. In terms of succeeding in this industry? Don't think you are better than others. Recently I have found many people have forgotten what humility is. It is a major shame but my aim is to grow and succeed and to never make anyone else feel inadequate. It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
You can see my resume and experience on my official website http://www.sashashanteluk.com