She’s one of Australia’s most-followed models … and Shanina Shaik takes her role model status seriously.
Everything from what she wears (sneakers and knits, FYI), to her skincare routine (Dr Barbara Sturm), workouts (hot pilates), and generally what she looks like is constantly under the microscope.
“To be a role model, you have to be real,” Shaik said. “You can see from certain Instagrams what’s real and what’s fake”.
The Victoria’s Secret model, 28, addressed recent speculation about the appearance of her lips, speaking to News Corp Australia for her latest role as the face of Chadstone’s winter campaign.
“Some people recently said, ‘oh my lips have changed’, but I was like, I have video (on social media) of myself waking up in the morning … you don’t see anything different from my images,” Shaik, who is married to DJ Ruckus (aka Gregory Andrews), said.
“I find it’s always about good lighting.”
So what’s her policy when it comes to editing her photos? “I don’t think it’s good to alter so many images,” Shaik said.
“We have young girls who are trying to achieve something and you have to remember that it’s not always real.
“Sometimes, filters can be fun. It might just make you feel better.
“If you swipe on a filter and think, wow I look good, post it — I think that’s fun,” Shaik added, wearing a cream-on-cream Aje blazer and trousers.
ONE TREND SHANINA WON’T WEAR
She’s known for her fashion forward dress sense, with an off-duty uniform of bike shorts, an oversized sweater and sneakers.
But there’s one trend Shaik won’t be wearing this autumn/winter season — and that’s flares.
Yep, the ’70s staple of bell-bottomed jeans has slowly been returning to the runway, even filtering down to fast fashion chains like Zara and Topshop.
“You know what? Flared jeans I just don’t want to wear,” Shaik said. “You can’t wear flats with them, you always have to wear heels or boots.
“I find that now, it’s about sneakers and flat boots, you don’t want to wear heels everywhere.”
Shaik is back in her hometown of Melbourne as the face of Chadstone’s new autumn/winter 2019 campaign.
SHANINA’S STYLE RULES
Wearing Dior and Aje to last night’s season launch, she said she is at home in her own off-duty uniform of oversized T-shirts “with boots and cut-off bike shorts and a jacket over it”.
Shaik’s cool-season pics are “fun prints, bold colours and neutral tones — it’s kind of yummy”.
“Tonal dressing and adding a masculine touch to womenswear — like boxy, oversized jackets,’ Shaik said.
“My favourite is candy-coloured suits … it’s nice to have a pop of colour,” she added, pointing to a hot pink blazer hanging on a rack.
The Victoria’s Secret model said androgynous blazers made “a statement about equality and (are) really fun to wear”.
“I find we go back to these years, like the 70s and 80s (for trends) but to wear masculine clothing is a (style) risk — and a good risk,” she said.
“I like a high-rise slouchy pant and a sweater. I can walk around and go to my jobs or castings, all in a big coat.
“And I buy a lot of boots during winter.”
Late last year, Shaik unearthed a new secret to success: to stop trying so hard. “There was a change in me,” Shaik told Stellar.
“I was like, ‘Just relax, and be in the moment.’”
Her Zen-like outlook paid off — after two years of being passed over, Shaik returned to the Victoria’s Secret runway, in her fifth appearance for the US lingerie giant.
“I didn’t expect that I was going to get it,” she said. “And it’s scary to go into the casting … you really want it!”
Her pre-VS routine included hot pilates and ankle weights. “It’s about getting a strong body — long and lean.”
‘WE’RE A GOOD TEAM’
Next month, Shaik will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with Gregory Andrews — aka DJ Ruckus (the couple tied the knot in the Bahamas last April, with Shaik wearing a Ralph & Russo gown).
Despite their busy schedules, Shaik said she and Andrews have a rule to making their marriage work: “Three-and-a-half weeks is the longest we’ve been apart”.
Andrews was in New York to watch Shaik walk in the Victoria’s Secret show and later, DJ’d Victoria’s Secret’s “after” after-party at Avenue nightclub.
“We travel so much,” Shaik said.
“But he would cancel any show to be there for me. I know that.
“Being a wife is being part of a team. And we’re a good team. The reason my husband and I work is that we understand one another.”