Victoria’s Secret model breaks silence over Netflix’s Fyre Festival doc backlashFebruary 7, 2019
Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik has spoken out about her involvement in Fyre Festival following the reaction to the Netflix documentary.
Ever since Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, the disastrous event has been thrown back into the spotlight.
Shanina was one of the group paid to promote the music festival based in the Bahamas in 2017, and was featured in the documentary.
She also appeared in the viral announcement video on YouTube.
"I cried when I watched it," she told Australia’s The Telegraph
"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."
She added that she wouldn’t have promoted the event if she’d known about the backlash and that it did not match the expectations. The models were paid to post orange tiles on their social media accounts to draw in potential attendees.
Shanina promoted the event on her Instagram account, but she also appeared with other IMG-represented models in a commercial filmed in the Bahamas.
Other models that appeared in the advert included Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid , Alessandra Ambrosio and Chanel Iman.
Now they may be forced to reveal how much they got paid to promote it.
Shanina admitted she was paid, and stood by her agency.
"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," she said.
Gregory Messer, the trustee who oversaw the bankruptcy of Fyre Media, claims IMG received $1.2 million from the event organiser Billy McFarland to promote the festival between November 2016 to February 2017, Vogue reports.
The pitch McFarland used to get investors was also recently re-leaked on LinkedIn by Alvin Hussey showing the wild claims he made, including saying they owned $8.4 million worth of land in the Bahamas, which was untrue.
The IMG-represented models were subpoenaed to testify in the Fyre Festival case recently too.
Fyre Festival was due to be held in the Bahamas over two weekends in Spring 2017.
It was promoted by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, as well as social media influencers and famous models like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski.
Tickets cost from $400 for a day to $12,750 for the VIP package including flights, accommodation and four passes.
But festival goers turned up to find themselves fighting over tents that were water-logged on an abandoned housing development, no toilets, and the now infamous cheese sandwiches – nothing like the luxury they’d expected. Workers were also never paid for their time.
Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud charges in October 2018. He is serving a six-year prison sentence for wire fraud and has been ordered to pay $26 million.
The festival has been exposed in two documentaries, Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened, and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud.
Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened is on the streaming site now.
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