Ever wonder who are Oshawa’s most influential people? Check out our list of five big names who all hail from the ‘Shwa.
Rising stars Lennon and Maisy are real-life sisters who play the daughters of Rayna James on the hit show Nashville. Plus, they have a budding music career and an impressive online following: over 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, 200,000 followers on Twitter, and 300,000 followers on Instagram. That’s a lot of influence for two kids not yet legally able to operate a motor vehicle (and without the last name Kardashian). Born in Oshawa, the girls now live in Nashville.
Supermodel Shalom Harlow was Oshawa’s greatest export (no offence to GM’s Camero, of course), and set the benchmark of couture beauty in the 1990s and 2000s. Described by iconic fashion journalist Tim Blanks as having a body that was “made for couture,” she was a favourite of fashion houses Chanel, Dior, DKNY, Jil Sander, and Versace. Harlow still models occasionally, but is now described as “mostly retired.” She lives in Los Angeles.
Author and speaker Neil Pasricha turned a blog about simple pleasures and positivity into The Book of Awesome, which was on the New York Times bestseller list from 2010 to 2014. An accomplished public speaker and sought-after expert on leadership and positivity, his TED talk was voted the 9th most inspiring talk, and has 2.5 million views to date. Pasricha has published two additional Awesome books, and lives in Toronto, where he works as head of Leadership Development for Walmart Canada.
Somsack Sikhounmoung landed on Business Insider’s list of 27 People Who Determine What’s Cool in America, a title he shares with heavyweights like Jennifer Lawrence, Drake, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian West, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and Oprah. Sikhounmoung, the new head women’s designer at J. Crew, is expected to bring his laid-back style to redefine the iconic brand, and globally influence trends in women’s fashion. Sikhounmoung lives in New York.