Shaina West is a real life super-hero, with a back-story to rival any Avenger and an alter-ego determined to change the stereotype of black women on screen.
After being involved in a motorcycle accident aged just 20, inspired by her passion for Japanese culture and love of Anime, Shaina got out of her plaster-casts and back into the gym. When interviewed on the subject Shaina said “When I was 20 the unthinkable happened. I was in a terrible motorbike accident. It left me stranded in hospital for weeks with a fractured neck and broken thumb. My boyfriend at the time broke up with me and I lost my job. All I had left was a passion for Japanese culture including, anime. I spent all of my time with these strong characters who could perform amazing feats and solve their problems through the actions of their bodies, I was inspired. I got out of my casts and back into the gym, and on my 21st birthday I got a tattoo which would remind me to be strong, do what I love and fight for what I believe in. It was from that day that I decided to teach myself martial arts and, in spirit, be like the anime characters that made me want to feel… heroic. And thus, ‘The Samurider’ was born.”
The Samurider has become an inspirational character garnering more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and Shaina is frequently invited to speak at various events throughout the world and contributes to numerous online articles through interviews.
Shaina West is a an actor (Marvel’s Black Widow), a certified personal trainer, self-taught martial artist and stunt person. Shaina continues to draw inspiration from her love of Japanese culture, martial arts, samurai, anime and motorbikes.