Forget the catwalk. You higher work the “dog” stroll.
That’s precisely what Tika the Iggy, a mega-popular Italian greyhound with greater than 2 million followers on both TikTok and Instagram, does every single day. The 9-pound pooch has a larger-than-life persona on social media — and a large wardrobe to match.
“I think now we’re up to almost 300 items in her closet,” canine dad Thomas Shapiro informed The Post. “She has her own closet space, her own everything. It’s intense. She has way more clothes than me and my husband.” The Montreal-based net developer and his husband, Louis, welcomed a child boy, Harry, to the household in March.
Their trendy dog-daughter, nonetheless, steals the present. Tika dons elaborate costumes and struts down the hallway prefer it’s the runways of Paris and Milan. From a shiny pink ball robe to a rainbow tulle gown, the colourful seems have additionally earned the canine “self-proclaimed gay icon” standing, in response to Shapiro.
He spends as much as 10 hours per week on content material creation, not together with operating the enterprise, fielding sponsored offers and promoting merchandise. “Anything with Tika’s face on it” is up for grabs. A males’s T-shirt prices $35, and a mug goes for $14. Plus a possible ebook deal is within the works.
“There’s a lot of people who want to work with [Tika], so there’s a lot of lucrative deals out there,” the busy pet influencer admitted. “I work as a web developer so my 9-to-5 job pays well. But I’ve made more in the … first half of 2021 than I would in a few years at my job.”
A piece of that change goes to buying new “made-to-fit” couture seems for the canine, though followers may even see a number of repeats throughout platforms. “She does do some outfit repeating, but it’s not in an offensive way,” Shapiro stated.
Tika’s “Vogue”-worthy seems are each fabulous and purposeful. To defend in opposition to Montreal, Canada’s chilly winters, the small canine must put on additional layers. “We are always dressing her up in things that are comfortable [and] a little more extra. She has lots of sequins, lots of faux fur, feathers,” her doting proprietor stated.
It doesn’t damage that the pooch’s proportions lend themselves to a high-fashion look, and each outfit is made to measure for the canine’s distinctive body.
“She’s also got these long limbs, a very skinny waist, a big rib cage, a long neck, and then a very funny, quirky face,” Shapiro gushed. “So she’s kind of got all the characteristics that you would see in a traditional supermodel on the runway.”
The success has allowed Tika’s homeowners to offer again to charities which might be significant to them. They donate to Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based group that helps present protected haven to LGBTQ+ individuals around the globe who’re searching for asylum in Canada.
“It’s important for me to give back, period,” the proud papa stated. “She can’t just be a gay icon without putting in the work. Talk the talk, but also walk the walk.”