I remember the very first time I saw a picture of Shala Monroque. I didn’t know much about her except that she was black, fierce, wearing cute kitten heels, and was featured on Tommy Ton’s siteJak and Jil which meant that she was somebody. As a matter of fact, the caption under her photo read in all caps, “KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN FOR SHALA MONROQUE. SHE’S ONE TO WATCH.” From there I knew I would be seeing more of her, for when Tommy Ton’s camera deems you a fashion star…you are a STAR!
Since that fateful day in 2009, the former editor-at-large for POP Magazine, has managed to keep her background and private life hidden. She rarely reveals much about her life, except that she is best friends with Dasha Zhukova, is a muse for Miuccia Prada, dates art mogul Larry Gagosian, and was born in St. Lucia. I think the fact that she is so quiet about her private life adds to the mystery.
Shala is not just a beautiful fashion icon but an avid art lover and talented writer as well. Her blog, Shala’s Rabbit Hole, serves as a poetic outlet for her creativity, and showcases the things that she loves at that moment in time, whether it be an art show in Venice or the Met Ball in New York City. Follow her blog here and check out your favorite street style blog for a glimpse into her world. Photos from Hanneli and Jak and Jil.