Meet Tika, an Italian greyhound who is way more fashionable than I could have ever imagined. She’s beautiful and she knows how to do it! Tika lives in Montreal with her people Katherine and Thomas Shapiro. On her websiteThe self-proclaimed “Fashionista Italian Greyhound” introduces herself:
Hello! Welcome to my website. If you don’t know who I am, I’m Tika, an Italian greyhound who lives in Montreal, Canada. If you know who I am, why did you show up without any snacks?
I am the self-proclaimed gay icon; I love showing off my fashion while giving back to my community. Come for the fashion, stay for the beauty.
Tika was, and still is, each of us: fashion-lost souls staring longingly into a closet full of things that are mostly unwearable at the moment, like embellished dresses, structured and printed pants, box clutches, and platform heels. But not so fast – Tika actually teaches us that fashion, no matter how impractical it may be, can only be worn and enjoyed for fun and self-expression.
In fact, long before her viral TikTok, Tika showcased a fantastic range of styles on her social media platforms. She also received high praise on Instagram from musician Lizzo, who wore a multicolored faux fur bikini design by Kelsey Randall similar to Tika’s earlier this month Worn weeks ago. Lizzo affectionately referred to Tika as “a really bad bitch” in her caption. “We are Queen Lizzo in this household,” Tika said via email, with some help from her owner. Thomas Shapiro. “Her calling me ‘a really bad bitch’ was all the validation a girl could ask for.”
Tika and her people have also just published a book, Tika the Iggy: Lessons in Life, Love and Fashionavailable Here.