Some of you may remember Shaniece Hairston from her debut on the hit television show Basketball Wives along side her mother, Evelyn Lozada, but have you guys been keeping up with her since then?
She may have been a little “M.I.A,” but her absence has not been in vain. Since Basketball Wives, Shaniece has modeled for brands such as, BCBG, and she has also been published in quite a few major magazines. Shaniece is starring on a new reality show, Livin’ Lozada, which follows the very interesting, eventful lives of her mother and her while they deal with their personal issues as well as their professional ones. In addition to being a TV personality, she is also a fashion designer. Right now she is in the process of creating her own swimsuit line that is set to debut in 2016. As if being a reality TV star/fashion designer/published model isn’t enough, you can also add “official Wilhelmina Model” to her impressive, ever-expanding track record. We were able to pick Shaniece’s brain a little bit to get to know a little more about her. We were very interested, so there’s no doubt that you guys will be to.
When did you begin modeling? How was that experience?
I began modeling two years ago and it has become a huge passion of mine. Being in front of the camera is a huge adrenaline rush and the experience has been wonderful.
What is it like being the daughter of a reality TV personality?
Being the daughter of a reality TV personality is fun & never a dull moment. But then again, I’ve never been anyone else’s daughter to know what that’s like.
Has it affected your career/lifestyle in any way?
Because of my mothers career, it has lead me into what I am doing in life right now including becoming a reality TV personality myself, entrepreneur and model. And for that, I am forever grateful and thankful. She has been my guide.
What is it like starring on a reality show?
Since starring in a reality show, I have learned so much about TV & production. In the past I said I would never do reality TV, but because I’m doing reality TV with my family & friends it has been nonetheless active, interesting & enjoyable.
Is it weird having cameras following you around all the time?
I’ve learned to always be myself on and off camera, so it has made it easier to have cameras following me. No weirdness at all.
What is your long term goal?
My long term goal is to start my own business that my grandchildren can see and benefit from. I also want to be extremely happy, married
and have a huge family.
Do you have any advice for any fans that are aspiring models?
My advice for fans who are aspiring models would be to NEVER GIVE UP HOPE. People will try to give you their opinions, ridicule you and bring you down. Always stay true to yourself and do what ultimately makes you happy. Lastly, when you walk into a room exude confidence and OWN it.
Is there anything strange or abnormal about you that most people would be surprised to find out?
People would be surprised to find out that I collect Buddhas and I’m obsessed with country music (I even workout to it sometimes). lol
Describe yourself in one word.
One word to describe myself: UNPREDICTABLE
What is one fashion item either in your room or your closet that
you can’t live without?
My brand new Hermes…I love it!
Written by Jasmine Carson
Model: Shaniece Hairston of OWN Network’s Livin’ Lozada
Photography: M Carson
Assisted by Dreeck Breon
MUA and Art Direction: Laura Megan Pence
Production: Cocoa Denise
Post: Isabel La Ortiz
Hair: Cammy Davis
Wardrobe Stylist: Naz Meknat