Shanina Shaik

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Shanina Shaik was born 11 February 1991 and is an Australian model of Pakistani and Lithuanian ancestry.

Shaik’s mother, Kim, whose parents emigrated to Australia after World War II and met in Australia, is of Lithuanian descent. Her father Hanif, who was born in Singapore, is of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian descent.

She started modeling when she was eight years old for Myer and appearing in a TV commercial for Hyundai, but stopped when she started high school and got accepted into an accelerated program, graduating a year before her classmates. At the age of fifteen, encouraged by others, she entered the Girlfriend Model Competition. While agents were interested in her, she was too young to move to Sydney, so she went on to participate on the Australian reality show Make Me A Supermodel, finishing as the runner-up.

Shaik was raised Muslim.

In her debut season during the Autumn/Winter 2009 season Shaik walked over 8 shows in New York City. She opened Yeohlee and walked for other designers such as Shipley & Halmos, Abaete, Mara Hoffman, Lorick, Project Runway, Trovata and Richie Rich. In her second season, she scored a show card for the Spring/Summer 2010. Following this she walked for designers Betsey Johnson, Catherine Malandrino, Gerlan Jeans, Nary Manivong, Rachel Antonoff and Susan Woo. During the Autumn/Winter 2010 season Shanina walked for Bebe by Kardashian, Emu Australia, Iodice and Project Runway.

Shaik has appeared in catalogues for Macy’s, Alloy, Avon, Intermix, Urban Outfitters, Lovable, Burda Style, Spiegel, Free People, Bloomingdales, J. C. Penney, Seafolly, Otto, Shop Bop, Sasha Samuel and Ann Taylor. Her advertisements include Aéropostale, Cotton On, Olay New Look, Burneo Chocolate, Body & Bath Works ‘Dark Kiss’ fragrance, Edward Joseph, Imari by Avon, General Pants Co., Bonds, Bauhaus and Matrix Hair Biolage.

Shortly after signing with New York Model Management, Shaik appeared in editorials for Seventeen Magazine and Men’s Health. Other appearances include Level MagazineOrlando Style Magazine2 Wheeler Tuner MagazinePhiladelphia Style MagazineTu Style and Zink Magazine.

In 2010, Shaik walked in the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalk show for Project Runway and L.A.M.B.

In 2011, she switched to NEXT Model Management, and from Chadwick Model Management to Chic Model Management. She starred in a campaign for Italian lingerie giant Intimissimi and Australian shoe brand RMK. Shaik has worked for other brands such as Macy’s, Avon, Bloomingdales, Free People, Olay, Seafolly, Spiegel, J. C. Penney and Sasha Samuel. She also starred at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 walking for Bless’ed Are The Meek, Guanabana, Karen Neilson, Kirrily Johnston, L.A.M.B., Lisa Blue, Lisa Marie, Miss Unkon, None the Richer, Nookie Beach, Project Runway, Roopa Pemmaraju, Terri Donna, Wonders Cease.

Shaik scored a breakthrough when she was cast to walk in the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, making her the sixth Australian along with Miranda Kerr, Jessica Hart, Elyse Taylor, Sarah Stephens, and Abbey Lee Kershaw to star in the show. Shaik has also walked for Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Shaik was featured on the covers of CosmopolitanCleoVogue India, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Arabia, Vietnam and Australia. In 2019, she appeared on the May/June cover of Maxim.