Male model Tyson Beckford would like you to know who really deserves credit for the success of his model girlfriend, Shanina Shaik: himself. Seriously. It's all Tyson, baby:
"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," he says, framing himself as the Henry Higgins of fashion. "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!'"
It's just as if he were on that catwalk himself, you guys.
For the record, "when he found her," Shaik was a working model in her native Australia who was competing on a modeling reality show that Beckford was judging. She came second. Since moving to New York, Shaik has gone on to work for top commercial and fashion clients including Victoria's Secret, Jason Wu, and L'Wren Scott; she was one of New York fashion week's top models of color this season.