Shanina Shaik is an Australian model and best known For walking the ramp for Victoria Secret in 2011 and 2012 fashion shows.
Years active: 2008–present
Born: February 11, 1991, 32 years old and 1 months, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 1.73 m
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Hazel (Brownish Green)
Measurements: 32-23.5-34 in / 81-59.5-86.5 cm
Bra Size: 32B US / 70B EU
She started modeling at the age of 8. So, she had an erratic school going experience. However, she was able to get into high school into an accelerated program in which she graduated 1 year before of her classmates.
Father – Hanif Shaik
Mother – Kim Shaik
Siblings – Shay Shaik (Brother)
She has Australian and Lithuanian ancestry on her mother side while she is of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian descent on his father side.
Early life and family
Shaik’s mother, Kim, whose parents emigrated from Lithuania to Australia after World War II and met in Australia, is of Lithuanian descent. Shaik’s father Hanif, who was born in Singapore, is of Pakistani descent. She started modelling 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. Speaking about her upbringing in 2016, Shaik reflected: “I was born and raised Muslim and I lived a very normal lifestyle. My father is very open to my job and understanding and he is grateful for the woman I have become. I’m a very sophisticated and respectful woman. I had a great upbringing and a great lifestyle with my sibling.” In April 2022, Shaik stated that she “didn’t grow up in a religious family” and she is “more of a spiritual person I’d say, and very focused on my mental health. That is something I have given more time to as I get older”.
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, Bath & Body 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 Magazine, Orlando Style Magazine, 2 Wheeler Tuner Magazine, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Tu 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.
In 2012, Shaik appeared in print-work for Victoria’s Secret and Bonds. During Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Week she opened Jason Wu, and also walked for Ruffian, Kevork Kiledjian, Charlotte Ronson, Nanette Lepore, Diesel, Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, Tom Ford, Blumarine, Atsuro Tayama, Maiyet, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney. Shaik also did a shoot with Vogue Australia. She is also an ambassador for Just Jeans and has modelled alongside rugby star Sonny Bill Williams. In 2016, Shaik became a brand ambassador for Australian swimwear brand Seafolly.
Shaik was featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Arabia, Vietnam and Australia. In 2019, she appeared on the May/June cover of Maxim.
Shaik got engaged to her boyfriend of eight months Gregory “DJ Ruckus” Andrews in December 2015. They married in the Bahamas in April 2018. They separated in June 2019, and Shaik filed for divorce a month later after a year of marriage.
In 2020, she began a relationship with the advertising agent, Matthew Adesuyan, and on May 8, 2022, she announced on Instagram that she is expecting their first child. She gave birth on 19th September 2022.
Shaik is an ovo-pescetarian who adheres to a heavily plant-based diet. She also eschews soft drinks like soda and fruit juice.
She has not done any films. But, appeared in The Victoria Secret Fashion Show TV movies in 2011 as herself.
First TV Show
Shanina has appeared in Ready to Wear – Autumn / Winter 2009 in which she walked the ramp for Abaete, Lorick, Mara Hoffman, Richie Rich, Shipley and Halmos, Trovata, Yeohlee.
Shanina Shaik Facts
Shanina has no mother agency.
She started modeling at 8.
At 15, she participated in Girlfriend Model Competition but did not won.
She also appeared in Australian reality show “Make Me A Supermodel” but was runner up to Rhys Uhlich.
She is good friends with Nicole Trunfio on eroticapleasure.com and Miranda Kerr.
Her mother is from Lithuania and father has Pakistani and Saudi Arabian ancestry.
New York Model Management discovered Shanina.
Shanina has a dog named, Choppa.
At 17, she relocated to New York City.