Shalaundra (Shailaun) Manning was raised in the Arlington suburbs of DFW by a single mother of three girls. As a child, Shailaun was constantly made fun of and suffered from low self esteem. Her passion naturally became music, the arts, and entertainment.
Throughout grade school, Shailaun participated in playing the viola, alto saxophone, and piano as well as playing basketball, running cross country, singing in the church and school choir, and was a theatre class student. At age 16, Shalaundra begged her mother to help her pursue a career as a model, actress, and singer. In 2005, her opportunity came and she auditioned and received a scholarship to Barbizon School of Modeling.
In 2006, Shalaundra unofficially renamed herself Shailaun and graduated from high school and Barbizon with both a high school diploma and a certificate for modeling. Months later Shailaun joined a national modeling tour, The Vogue Esquire Models of Chicago. In 2008, her final year on tour, Shailaun was awarded and honored as Vogue Esquire’s model of the year.
Today, Shailaun is represented by Wilhelmina Brown, an affiliate of the world renowned Wilhelmina Models, and The Linicomn Agency in Dallas and LA. Shailaun has modeled nationwide and overseas in Fashion Weeks, Billboards, Commercials, Magazines, and other publications ensuring her title as an international model and actress. Shailaun has most recently been seen as Covergirl in AfroElle Magazine in Kenya, the face of Greyhound, Verizon, and AMC advertisements, Samsung, and featured as guest speaker for the fashion community in Atlanta’s Lights, Camera, Fashion.
The Linicomn Agency:469-547-1898
Wilhelmina Brown Model Management: 512-370-4959