Born Shakira Baksh, to a Guyanese Muslim family, Shakira Caine had dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a fashion designer. However, this was not the path destined for her. Whilst working as a secretary, Caine’s boss urged her to participate in the 1967, Miss Guyana contest. Through much persuasion, Shakira Caine entered the competition and was crowned Miss Guyana. Caine went on to compete at the Miss World contest in London aged 19, wearing beautiful evening gowns hand sewn by her mother, she placed 3rd
That Miss World Pageant was the only one in any grand slam pageant in which 3 South American countries made it to the final, including the lady crowned Miss World, Madeline Hartog-Bel.
Following her success at the Miss World contest, Shakira Caine made a permanent move to England to work as a model and actress. Her acting debut came when she appeared in, ‘Carry on Again Doctor’. A British comedy film directed by Gerald Thomas, starring Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Charles History. Caine appeared in many film roles, including, ‘Tomorrow’, a comedy musical film starring Olivia Newton-John, written and directed by Val Guest. However, she is probably most well known for her acting roles in ‘The Son of Dracula’ (1974) and ‘The Hollywood Greats’ (1977).