Shaun Ross (model)

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Shaun Ross
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Shaun Ross (Life Ball 2014)
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 27)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Nationality African American/ Ivory Coast/ Ghana
Occupation Professional fashion model, actor dancer and Music Artist
Known for The first male albino model

Shaun Ross (born May 10, 1991) is an American model, actor and dancer best known for being the first male albino pro model. He has been featured in photo-editorial campaigns in fashion publications including British GQ, Italian Vogue, i-D Magazine, Paper Magazine and Another Man. He has modeled for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ross is of African-American descent. Born in the Bronx, when he was growing up, Ross dealt with much discrimination for being albino. He was bullied frequently by his peers, called names such as "Powder", "Wite-Out", and "Casper".[2] After training at the Alvin Ailey School for five years, Ross was discovered on YouTube and crossed over to the fashion industry in 2008 at 16 years old. While there, he started experimenting with his sexuality and found out that he was pansexual. He is now a spoken advocate for LGBT rights. He has funded the campaign, Free to Be Me, in which people from the LGBT community are not afraid to let themselves be.


At 16 he was represented by Djamee Models in New York City. He was also signed by AMCK Models London.[1]

In 2009, Ross appeared on the Tyra Banks Show. He shared the show with fellow albinistic African American model Diandra Forrest; together, they shared their life stories about how different life was for them.[2] Later that year, Ross played a role in a short film by Yoann Lemoine which won a first-place prize in a contest sponsored by Italian Vogue. Ross also worked with other directors, such as Julien Seri, Jason Last, Jessica Yatrofsky and Ella Manor in both film and television.

Ross has appeared in music videos, including Katy Perry's "E.T.", Beyoncé's "Party"[3] and "Pretty Hurts",[4][5] Gold Fields' "Dark Again", Issues' "Coma", Steve Aoki and Autoerotique’s "ILYSM”,[6] as well as Lana Del Rey's short film Tropico[7] and Leona Lewis' "Fire Under My Feet".

Ross recently became the face of Ford Motor Company, with the slogan "Be Unique".

Ross appeared in the 2015 TV series The Man in the High Castle as the recurring character of the albino shoe shine boy.

He is the current face of Lynx men's grooming products featuring on television.

Ross also entered the world of music later on in 2017 releasing his first single SYMMETRY written by Shaun Ross, Rush Davis and Brook D"Leau

Personal life[edit]

Ross participates in the underground ballroom scene in New York, where he often vogues as a free agent.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Selasi, K. (April 8, 2010). "Shaun Ross – Model Moment". Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Redefining Beauty: Shaun Ross". 2009. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2015.  This short piece covers Banks's meeting Ross which led up to the episode. The site is now defunct, and no video is available from it (or even images), though the episode can be found on YouTube and similar sites. Exact airdate uncertain.
  3. ^ Villagomez, A. (November 22, 2013). "Lana Del Rey Is Finally Ready To Debut 'Tropico', New Trailer: WATCH". NewNowNext. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hyman, D. (December 16, 2013). "How Beyoncé and Her Team Pulled It Off". Elle. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hislop, R. (December 13, 2013). "Beyoncé Brings Out The Minority Model A-Team For New 'Beyoncé' Videos". Global Grind. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Diaz, Jordan (June 12, 2016). "Steve Aoki & Autoerotique unveil artsy "ILYSM" music video". Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ Lewis, R. (December 5, 2013). "Lana Del Rey's 27-minute short film "Tropico"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 

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