24-year-old Shaun Pelayo Lancaster is based in Birmingham and is currently transitioning from learning mentor to full-time fashion model.
Tell us about yourself? I am a self motivated dream chaser! I don’t want the normal 9-5 life, the thought of it scares me. At the moment I am trying to get my face out there as much as I can to build a bigger following. I was born and raised in Cornwall, and then I moved to Worcester (University) to chase my childhood dream of playing professional basketball. Basketball was my identity and all that I knew. After Worcester, I went to Plymouth to play but due to certain circumstances I lost that fire and desire to pursue it any further, and my focus was then on the gym. I started working at a special school with young learners with learning/behavioural issues who struggled to fit into mainstream environments. I really enjoyed this job and ended up working in a school in Birmingham. However, the modelling stuff started to take off since I gained a bit of size and grew my hair so now I have big plans within this industry and can’t wait to achieve the goals I have set myself.
What do you get up to in your spare time? In my spare time I love to workout, socialise and meet new people.
Tell us about those tats! My heritage is mixed White and Philippino. Although I was born in the UK, I take great pride in my Philippine routes . Tattoos played a big role in Philippine history. In fact, when the Spanish conquistadors landed in 1521, they dubbed the Philippines ‘the Islands of the Painted Ones’ after the heavily tattooed locals. I have several tattoos dedicated to the history of tattooing in the Philippines. However, I have yet to get my traditional tribal tattooing done. I am waiting to return so I can get my legs covered the traditional way. All the rest of my tattoos have meanings, whether it’s lyrics to a song, a signature of a significant person in my life, my family’s names or a quote. I plan to get a lot more done eventually.
What are the best things about where you live? The diversity within the community. The area I currently live in (Smethwick) is multi-cultural and you can eat good food at any time.
Current crush? Brittanya Razavi.
Speaking of crush, are you single or happily taken? Single
First thing you notice about a person you like? Energy. I am big on vibes and energy… If your energy is not right, I won’t make an effort.
Last movie you watched and what did you think of it? Annabelle: the creation. I was actually really disappointed. It was nothing on the first one.
Where do you want to visit the most? United States of America.
I am a self motivated dream chaser! I don’t want the normal 9-5 life, the thought of it scares me
Tell us something random about yourself? I’m obsessed with watching interviews on successful people. The obsession started years ago when I used to watch athletes interviews and how they got to where they were. Then it was rappers and actors, then eventually I just started watching random people. I usually have an interview playing in the background whilst I am cooking or washing up.
Favourite season and why? Summer! I’m not designed for cold weather.
Best thing that’s happened this summer?So far, probably when I was filming as an extra in a new movie that is due to be released next year. I was filming as an inmate in a prison scene. Whilst filming, a famous rapper (confidential) was on set, I played him 1:1 in a game of basketball and beat him in front of everyone!
What would be your last meal if you had to choose? Easy… KFC fully loaded meal, towered burger and four extra hot wings.
What’s that one item of clothing you wear too much? Basketball shorts. I always have shorts on under what I’m wearing.
If you were to hang out with us, what’d you plan? Gym, food, night out! simple.
Is there anything that really annoys you, and if so, what? Just ignorant narrow-minded people without a vision who don’t want to see you succeed.
Your current TV obsession is…? New girl.
Where would you like to be in life in five years time? Living my life to the fullest with financial freedom. To be in a position where all my peoples (family and best mates) are living good and we got no worries!
[Photography by Malvin Hobbs & Mansa Media