Forget the catwalk. You’d better work on the “dog” walk.
This is exactly what Tika Iggy, a hugely popular Italian Greyhound with over 2 million followers on TikTok and Instagram, does every day. The 9-pound pooch has a larger-than-life social media personality – and a wardrobe big enough to match.
“I think we now have almost 300 items in his closet,” the dog’s father Thomas Shapiro told The Post. “She has her own storage space, her own everything. It’s intense. She has a lot more clothes than me and my husband. The Montreal web developer and her husband, Louis, welcomed a baby boy, Harry, to the family in March.
Their stylish dog-girl, however, steals the show. Tika dons elaborate costumes and struts down the hall as on the catwalks in Paris and Milan. From a sparkling pink ball gown to a rainbow tulle gown, the colorful looks have also earned canine status as a “self-proclaimed gay icon,” according to Shapiro.
He spends up to 10 hours a week creating content, not to mention running the business, setting up sponsored offers and selling merchandise. “Anything with Tika’s face on it” is up for grabs. A men’s t-shirt costs $ 35 and a mug costs $ 14. Additionally, a potential book deal is in the works.
“There are a lot of people who want to work with [Tika], so there are a lot of lucrative deals out there, ”admitted the busy animal influencer. “I work as a web developer so my 9 to 5 job pays well. But I made more in the… first half of 2021 than I would in a few years at my job.
Part of that change is going to acquiring new “tailor-made” couture looks for the dog, although fans may see some repetitions across all platforms. “She’s repeating some outfits, but it’s not in an offensive way,” Shapiro said.
Tika’s Vogue-worthy looks are both fabulous and functional. To protect against Montreal, Canada’s cold winters, the little dog should wear extra layers. “We always dress her in comfortable clothes [and] a little more and more. She has a lot of sequins, a lot of faux fur, feathers, ”said her beloved owner.
It doesn’t hurt that the dog’s proportions lend themselves to a high fashion look, and each outfit is tailor-made for the dog’s unique setting.
“She also has these long limbs, a very slim waist, a big rib cage, a long neck, and then a very funny and quirky face,” Shapiro exclaimed. “So she sort of has all the features you would see in a traditional runway mannequin.”
The success has allowed Tika owners to give back to the charities they care about. They donate to Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based organization that helps provide a safe haven for LGBTQ + people around the world seeking asylum in Canada.
“It’s important for me to give back, period,” said the proud dad. “She can’t just be a gay icon without working. To speak of the word, but also to walk the march.