Shanina on Sharks, Chanel, and Insta-stalkers

Shanina Shaik

Shanina Shaik

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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