Shakira Caine is a British-Guyanese former professional model and actress. She started her career at a young age and gained wide acclaim as Miss Guyana in 1967. Apart from this, Shakira had an acting career in the 1960s and 1970s, and through this, she appeared in movies like Some Girls Do (1969) and The Man Who Would Become King (1975). Also, she has been married to the legendary English actor Michael Caine for over 50 years, and together they have a daughter named Natasha.
Considering that she has enjoyed a publicized career as well as a successful marriage, it is only fair that you learn the details about her, and this is what we have brought together for your reading pleasure.
Shakira Caine was Born in Guyana Two Years After World War II Ended
She was born Shakira Baksh on February 23, 1947, in St. Cuthbert’s Mission, British Guiana (Guyana). Her parents are Muslim Indians who emigrated from India, but this is not the only notable thing about her background. Of interest is the fact that she was born two years after World War II ended, that is, at a time when people were adapting to new realities.
Moving on, her parents had to find a way to make a living to support the family. From available records, her family owned a plantation. But her mother was also a dressmaker, and this would encourage Shakira to work in the beauty industry.
She Started Her Career as a Secretary
The Guyanese beauty, as she was described, started working at a young age. This was because she quit school at the age of 16, and by the time she was 19 years old, Shakira was already working as a secretary and typist at the US consulate in Guyana.
More on her time there: Shakira Baksh suffered the misfortune of a burst eardrum and a scar that ran from her cheek to her ear when terrorists bombed the US consulate in Guyana. But this did not stop her from pursuing her dreams, as we shall see.
Perhaps due to her looks, it is reported that her boss at the time encouraged her to enter the Miss Guyana beauty contest in 1967. She took the advice and ran for the contest, which she won.
Having won this feat, she soon appeared alongside other pageant queens from around the world to run for the 1967 Miss World contest, which was held in London. She did not win the contest but came in third. Despite this development, those who witnessed the event remember Shakira jumping and hugging other contestants.
Shakira Moved to London to Launch a Career in Modeling
Following the setback of not winning the Miss World crown, she decided to remain in London and pursue a career in modeling. She kicked off a career and made appearances in magazines like Daily Girl, People Weekly, and Weekend. Pictorials like Mayfair Shakira Baksh: The Nudest Miss Guyana in December 1968 is one of her outstanding works.
- Tahiti Girl-Daily Girl(1972)
- Wifestyles of the Rich & Famous: Shakira Caine-Celebrity Sleuth (1989)
- From Miss to Mrs: Miss Guyana 1967-Celebrity Sleuth (1993)
The Beauty Queen Made her Acting Career in 1969
Having started out modeling, Shakira soon moved to acting. According to IMDB, her first role was that of an uncredited exotic robot observer in Some Girls Do in 1969. Since that role, Shakira has taken on more roles, with her last appearance being in The Man Who Would Be King in 1975.
Other movies Shakira appeared in:
- Carry On Again Doctor (1969)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
- Toomorrow (1970)
- UFO (1970-75)
- Son of Dracula (1973)
The Former Model and Actress has Been Married To Michael Caine for 50 Years
For a woman who captured the attention of many as a beauty queen and actress, one man, the iconic British actor Michael Caine, decided to make her his wife. They got married on January 8, 1973.
Prior, their love story started after Michael saw her in an advertisement where she appeared as a model. He was so captivated by her beauty that he started looking for her. Thankfully, he was able to locate her close to his location with the help of a friend.
As they say, the rest became history, and in their case, they worked over differences. According to Michael, he is a Christian, while Shakira is a Muslim. In fact, they manage to do their religious things without interfering with each other’s faith.
Away from their different faiths, they share a daughter, Natasha, whom they welcomed in 1973. While this is Shakira’s only child, she is a second for Caine. He has an older daughter, Dominique, whom he had with his first wife, Patricia Haines.