Aussie model Shanina Shaik talks to Women's Wear Daily. She's worked for Chanel, Victoria's Secret, and her boyfriend is Tyson Beckford. Hold back your jealously and check out our highlights:
“[For Australian Vogue], I did a surfer story, and I don’t surf,” the 22-year-old says. “I have a fear of sharks, but I booked the job anyway. I was like, ‘OK, I’ll just be laying on the board.…’ Later, the photographer’s assistant told me that there had been a shark sighting. It was a long day.”
WWD: Where have you been recently?
S.S.: I’ve been, like, everywhere in the last week. I’m so happy to be in New York right now — Australia, Paris, then I had to come back to New York for work. And then I had to go back to Paris for another job. But I travel a lot. Like, at the start of next month, or the end of this month, I’ll be in Ibiza and Bora Bora, which is not bad. And then Australia.
WWD: Do you stay at your parents’ house when you are working in Australia?
S.S.: I stay at home. I’m a homebody. I just like to stay home and go out with my mom.
WWD: Do you have any siblings?
S.S.: I have one full brother and two half brothers. They’re all younger than me. My six-year-old brother likes when he gets to see me on the commercials in Australia. He gets excited about it. And then [the] older brother, the only time I really felt like he liked [my modeling] was when I did the Victoria’s Secret shows.
WWD: How has your career changed since you appeared in the [VS] show?
S.S.: I think a lot of models want to do Victoria’s Secret because it does become a turning point for their career. A lot of clients see you, and it’s also a place they see your personality, too. So it’s changed my career and made other avenues for me. Right after the V.S. show I did the Chanel [2012 pre-fall] show in Paris. That was my first job in Paris.
WWD: How was it working with Karl Lagerfeld?
S.S.: It was a turning point for me in high fashion. It was quite quick how it all happened. My agent was like, “I need you to get in your bikini and do a video for the Chanel show.” And I was like, “In my bikini? For the Chanel show?” And he was like, “Karl Lagerfeld wants to book you. So we have to do a video.” It was such a big show. It was amazingly put together. I really love doing shows. I get an energy when I go into the show and wear the clothes.
WWD: With so many high-profile jobs, are people starting to recognize you on the street?
S.S.: Yeah. People find out a lot of stuff about me and find pictures of me. I was just in Paris and I was walking to my agency and I was looking on my Instagram and someone had taken a picture of my agency from across the road. You could see it was zoomed-in. And [the caption] said, “I just saw you walk into your agency.”
WWD: Is there anyone who still makes you completely star-struck.
S.S.: Beyoncé. My boyfriend [Tyson Beckford] knows her and Jay personally. They’re really, really nice. So he has the access to Beyoncé, and I actually met her the night that I found out I got Victoria’s Secret. I was really starstruck. I didn’t know what to say to her.
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