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 28)
OccupationProfessional fashion model, actor dancer and Music Artist
Known forThe first male African-American Supermodel with albinism

Shaun Ross (born May 10, 1991) is an American model, actor and dancer best known for being the first male African-American model with albinism. 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, Hood By Air, Maybelline, Nike, Marcelo Burlon, Ivy Park, 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 a person with albinism. 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.


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

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", two music videos from Steve Aoki's extended play "4OKI" ("ILYSM” with Autoerotique and "Kids" with Morten),[6] as well as Lana Del Rey's short film Tropico[7] and Leona Lewis' "Fire Under My Feet".

Personal life[edit]

Ross participates in the underground ballroom scene in New York and Los Angeles, where he often vogues as a member of the famed House of Xtravaganza.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Selasi, K. (April 8, 2010). "Shaun Ross – Model Moment". Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Redefining Beauty: Shaun Ross". 2009. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help) 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.
  8. ^ Bowen, Sesali (January 24, 2019). "Teyana Taylor's Ballroom Take On Cinderella Sees Lena Waithe As Prince Charming". Nylon. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Street, Mikelle (January 24, 2019). "13 Ballroom Notables Teyana Taylor Cast For Her WTP Video". Out. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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