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Fiji TikTok star Shaheel Prasad has strutted his way to 28 million views and put the island nation on the global fashion map


Strutting barefoot wearing a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and a variety of unusual household items, Shaheel Prasad has been gaining international attention for his unique take on catwalk fashion.

Since he started posting his parody videos to TikTok at the start of the month, the world can’t seem to get enough of the 24-year-old Fijian.

His most popular homemade fashion video has amassed more than 28 million views alone.

And the outfits he’s modelling? Anything from a walking frame to a sheet of corrugated iron, a rocking horse or even his sister.

As the social media platform continues to grow in popularity, more and more people from all corners of the globe are becoming unexpected famous faces.

Shaheel — also known as Shaheel Shermont Flair — can’t believe how much his catwalk sass from his home in Suva has blown up.

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“I was really shocked when it happened. I was overwhelmed,” Shaheel told the ABC’s Pacific Beat program.

“I got recognition throughout the world. It blew up in countries like the USA and lots of Asian countries.”

His less than 40-second videos have also been doing the rounds across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, shared and praised by actors, influencers and art critics for their comedy and creativity.

Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon tweeted: “This is the best I’ve seen all day!”

While US Pulitzer Prize winner Jerry Saltz said one of Shaheel’s videos was “Better than most biennial art”.

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Shaheel said his inspiration was drawn from a trend he saw online and clips of runway models “wearing absurd things”.

“It was a big deal for me that artists and verified companies and pages actually shared my video,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I’m from a country — the Fiji islands — that a lot of people don’t know. It’s just a small dot on the map.”

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