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Irish model Shahira Barry plays podium dancer in US box office hit Straight Outta Compton

Sharon McGowan

Published 27/08/2015 | 07:42

Shahira pictured with rapper Snoop Dogg in 2015
Shahira pictured with rapper Snoop Dogg in 2015
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Shahira Barry in Miss University 2011

Irish model Shahira Barry is set to feature in upcoming rap movie Straight Outta Compton.

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The Galway woman, who hit the headlines recently when she worked as Kim Kardashian’s body double, will be on big screens the world over after filming scenes as a podium dancer in the hotly anticipated biopic, which is based on Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E’s legendary rap group NWA.

Galway model Shahira Barry (second from right) posed with RnB star Christina Milian and friends
Galway model Shahira Barry (second from right) posed with RnB star Christina Milian and friends

Self-confessed rap fan Shahira, who landed the role after a successful audition in Hollywood last year, admitted being in the movie – which is released in Ireland this weekend – is a dream come true for her.

“My mom is a cool mom. She brought me up on Tupac. I was so interested in the story,” she explained.

“When I was four, she played Tupac in the car dropping me off to school when I was in baby infants.

“I have been into hip-hop since I was a toddler.”

Kim Kardashian (left) and Shahira Barry (right)
Kim Kardashian (left) and Shahira Barry (right)

LA-based Shahira, who is a qualified primary school teacher, filmed her scenes alongside actor O’Shea Jackson Jnr, who plays his father Ice Cube in the film – a role Shahira believes he was perfect for.

“When you hear somebody’s son is playing them you think, they’re not going to be very good at acting, or they just got the role because they’re that person’s relative but he took it really seriously,” she told the Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

“When anyone watches the movie, it will come across that he is the best person for the job”.

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