Article Feb 08, 2019

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Shanina Shaik: 'I cried watching Fyre Festival documentary'

Model Shanina Shaik has opened up about her involvement with the disastrous Fyre Festival.

The 27-year-old Victoria's Secret model, who is represented by IMG, was among several fashion stars including Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Hailey Baldwin, and Emily Ratajkowski, who were reportedly paid $1.2 million (£928,000) to promote the disastrous event on social media.

In an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph, Shanina, one of the first models involved in the event to speak about it, admitted she was horrified by the events that unfolded when watching Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

"I cried when I watched it," she confessed to the newspaper of the film which lifted the lid on the events leading up to the failed festival. "It is really horrific what happened. The girls and I were just kind of dragged into it. We would never want to promote something like that or take someone's money."

Several of the models, including Kendall, have been subpoenaed over payments they received before Fyre Media went bankrupt.

The event promised attendees a luxury music festival experience and the opportunity to party for two weekends on an island in the Bahamas previously owned by Pablo Escobar. Instead, attendees arrived to find substandard accommodation and food shortages.

The event was abandoned and it ended with several lawsuits against its co-founders, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland. McFarland is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for fraud.

"I would never promote anything if I knew that it would have that kind of backlash or what became of that," Shanina insisted. "I would never ever want to promote it. When a client comes to my agent and has a vision or a project they want to work with us on, my agency always makes sure we are protected and looked after."