Shanina Shaik talks racism in fashion

Shanina Shaik was once told she wouldn’t book high-end fashion jobs because of the colour of her skin.The Australian beauty moved to New York as a teenager to achieve her ambition of becoming a model, and made her debut at New York Fashion Week in 2009…

Shanina Shaik was once told she wouldn’t book high-end fashion jobs because of the colour of her skin.

The Australian beauty moved to New York as a teenager to achieve her ambition of becoming a model, and made her debut at New York Fashion Week in 2009.

Now, the 27-year-old is a runway regular, walking for labels like Jason Wu, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. But her rise to the top wasn’t easy, and Shanina, who has Pakistani, Lithuanian, and Saudi Arabian heritage, says she’s had to fight to succeed.

“I used to get bullied. I was told that I wasn’t going to be able to model because of the way I look,” she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was told that because of the colour of my skin that I would never be able to book high-end fashion jobs.”

Shanina will be shining a light on the topic of racism in fashion on new TV show Model Squad. The E! Series, which premiered on Tuesday (04Sep18), follows Shanina, Devon Windsor, Hannah Ferguson and Olivia Culpo, among other models, as they navigate the industry.

And while the style world is slowly becoming more inclusive, the Victoria’s Secret model says more still needs to be done.

“Sitting back and seeing more diversity on magazine covers and in campaigns, it’s really exciting. I don’t think we’re completely there yet, but we’re doing better,” she stated. “With everyone so mixed and diverse, it’s hard for some people – like myself – to fit into a category. We have made strides and I love to see how a lot of designers and editors have championed models of colour in the past few years, but there could definitely be even more representation and inclusiveness.”

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Devon Windsor hopes to design clothes one day

Devon Windsor is hoping to try her hand at design as her career progresses.The Victoria’s Secret star, who has also walked the runway for Celine, Chanel and Moschino, is becoming an increasingly recognisable name in the fashion industry. In addition to…

Devon Windsor is hoping to try her hand at design as her career progresses.

The Victoria’s Secret star, who has also walked the runway for Celine, Chanel and Moschino, is becoming an increasingly recognisable name in the fashion industry.

In addition to her modelling work, Devon is interested in food and cooking and has also tried her hand and acting, landing a small role opposite Vince Vaughn in Brawl in Cell Block 99 last year (17).

As for future ambitions, nothing is off limits.

“Career wise I have so many goals left. I want to try and build my brand outside of the modelling industry whether it be acting or hosting or even creating my own line,” the 24-year-old explained in an interview with website Meaww. “I would love to have my own line of products be it clothing or anything and do whatever I can lay my hands on.”

Her next venture is television, where Devon will be providing an intimate glimpse into her life in new show Model Squad, which debuts on the E! network next week (04Sep18).

But if viewers are hoping to see the romantic beach proposal from her now-fiance Johnny Dex, who proposed to Devon in June, they should prepare to be disappointed.

“Model Squad season one was filmed last year at this time so we don’t actually get to see the proposal,” she explained. “However viewers will get to see me talk about my relationship and navigate through the struggles we face.”

However, Devon, who added she can’t wait to be a mum, is pleased that she shares plenty of scenes with friend Olivia Culpo, who she was able to reconnect with through the show.

“Olivia and I have such have such hectic schedules that it is hard to make time for each other. Filming Model Squad was a guaranteed set time we got to be together,” she smiled.

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Shanina Shaik couldn’t walk properly after modelling ill-fitting shoes

Shanina Shaik has reflected on one of her most painful catwalk experiences.The Australian model first made a splash in the industry in 2011, when she was selected to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and has since rocked the catwalk for brand…

Shanina Shaik has reflected on one of her most painful catwalk experiences.

The Australian model first made a splash in the industry in 2011, when she was selected to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and has since rocked the catwalk for brands including Chanel, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood.

However, Shanina is adamant that fashion shows are not always so glamorous behind-the-scenes.

“I think the worst for any girl is just wearing shoes that do not fit their feet and it kills, it’s the worst and excruciating pain” she shuddered in an interview with TooFab. “I remember at the end of fashion week, I was in Paris, I was just not walking properly at one point.

“It was bad. I’m like a size 9, they’re like, ‘We have an 8 or like a 7m (medium).’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ Nice high-end designer shoes are not always that comfortable to wear.”

The 27-year-old will soon be giving fans a new insight into her life when she stars in upcoming reality series Model Squad, which premieres on 4 September (18) on the E! network.

Shanina explained that she had some initial “concerns” about sharing such a personal glimpse with the public, but added that all the footage is on her own terms.

“I would like to keep certain things private. But I think what’s great about the show is we have control over what we would want and would like to show and we have an amazing group with E! and IMG (Models), who want to make sure that we show the right thing, the real us as well,” she smiled. “We want to, you know, to be real. And I think yeah everyone will see that. I do show (my husband, DJ) Ruckus, I do show like the travel and we talk about the wedding and we talk about a lot of issues in the modelling industry.”

The brunette beauty wed DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, in April.

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Devon Windsor and Olivia Culpo to front fashion docuseries

Devon Windsor and Olivia Culpo have been tapped to appear in new reality TV show Model Squad.Executives at the E! network have greenlit a docuseries about the high-stakes modelling world, which will kick off with a preview titled Model Squad: Fashion W…

Devon Windsor and Olivia Culpo have been tapped to appear in new reality TV show Model Squad.

Executives at the E! network have greenlit a docuseries about the high-stakes modelling world, which will kick off with a preview titled Model Squad: Fashion Week, to air in the U.S. on 12 February (18), and officially launch later in the year with an eight-episode run.

Joining Victoria’s Secret model Windsor and former beauty queen Culpo are a range of sought-after names in the fashion industry, including Daniela Braga, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Shanina Shaik, Caroline Lowe and Ashley Moore – all who have appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Amy Introcaso-Davis, E!’s executive vice president of development and production, has promised that the show will offer an authentic glimpse into the women’s lives and careers.

“The women of Model Squad have achieved incredible success at a very young age,” she said in a statement. “This series gives our viewers an exclusive front row seat as they watch real top models compete against and support each other through the triumphs and the challenges of the mega-pressure world of high fashion.”

Model Squad will be executive produced by IMG in associated with Trooper Entertainment and Lionsgate, with David Caplan, Will Staeger and Gennifer Gardiner serving as executive producers.

And Caplan is thrilled to see the project has landed at E! – the home of hit reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs.

“I am excited to document the drive and ambition of these young women at the top of their industry,” he shared. “With supermodels at the forefront of pop culture, the series could not have a better home than on E!”

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