Tara Shakti (1980- ) is a print model and make-up artist in Paris who comes from Madagascar. Her name means “Shining Star” in Sanskrit and is also the name of a mantra in that language.
She has appeared in magazines, videos and on television in at least France, Madagascar and Egypt. Her face has helped to sell air travel, jewellery, make-up and magazines.
In January 2007 she was in French FHM magazine. In 1999 she was Miss Tamatave (one of the main cities in Madagascar) and Miss Cacao in Paris in 2006.
She is part Malagasy (the main people of Madagascar), Asian Indian and Indonesian. I have never been to Madagascar, but I have been to Bali in Indonesia and she does look kind of like the women there.
Her eyes and lips are beautiful. She says they are her best parts along with her hair and her bottom. She got her breasts made larger.
She is only 5 foot 3 (1.60 m) and 98 pounds (44 kg). Her measurements are 33C-24-34 (85-60-87 cm), giving her a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.71.
She is not tall enough to be a runway fashion model, but that does not matter so much for print modelling. She says there is modelling work out there for all shapes and sizes. Her exotic looks and big breasts have sometimes worked against her.
She grew up very poor in Madagascar and got into modelling at age 19 by accident. She has been modelling ever since. It is what she was meant to do, she feels. She especially loves the travelling part, which has taken her to India and Singapore. She hopes to see Australia and America too.
She would love to work with photographers Markus Klinko and Jarmo Pohjaniemi.
She speaks Malagasy, French and English and is teaching herself Mandarin Chinese.
She can dance tango, salsa and kathakali.
She can defend herself quite well: she knows tai chi, kung fu wushu and wing tsun.
She likes to listen to Radiohead, Muse, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power and Mazzy Star. She likes to read Paolo Coelho and Anne Rice.
Her kind of man is honest, a good kisser and looks into her eyes. She does not like men who are cheap and talk too much and try to be something they are not.
A fan of hers once painted her picture.
Like many models, she would like to get into acting. She once appeared on a television sitcom in Madagascar.
But what she wants most is to marry her boyfriend and stay with him now and forever.
She likes what Mark Twain once said:
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
To her fans she says:
You should dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of, and want to do….