Shanina Shaik labels Maxim cover shoot a ‘dream come true’

Shanina Shaik has described her Maxim magazine cover shoot as a “dream come true”.The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having recently been tapped to walk the runway for the likes of Victoria’…

Shanina Shaik has described her Maxim magazine cover shoot as a “dream come true”.

The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having recently been tapped to walk the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, and Alberta Ferretti.

Now, Shanina has landed the cover of the latest edition of Maxim, with the images taken by legendary photographer Gilles Bensimon.

“A dream come true!! YOUR MAY/JUNE COVERGIRL FOR @maximmag PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE AMAZING @gilles_bensimon out on magazine stands now xx,” she wrote on her Instagram page alongside a picture of her cover photoshoot.

In the image, Shanina is seen gazing at the camera, while posing in an unbuttoned blue shirt with her flowing brunette locks covering her torso.

A number of her celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post, with Daniela Braga writing, “Gorgeous,” with two fire emojis, while Nina Agdal praised, “Yes!!!”

And Shanina’s husband DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, who she married in a stunning ceremony held in The Bahamas in April 2018, added: “Get em baby! GET EMMMM!!!”

The star now boasts 1.7 million followers on Instagram, and just last month, she explained in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph just how seriously she takes her status as a role model – especially for young women.

“To be a role model, you have to be real. You can see from certain Instagrams what’s real and what’s fake,” the 28-year-old shared, adding that she tries not to edit her snaps. “I don’t think it’s good to alter so many images. We have young girls who are trying to achieve something and you have to remember that it’s not always real.”

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Shanina Shaik hits back as she’s criticised for nude International Women’s Day snap

Shanina Shaik has hit back after she was slammed by some of her followers for sharing a nude snap to mark International Women’s Day.The 28-year-old model posted the sexy snap on Instagram to mark the occasion on Friday (08Mar19) and wrote alongside it:…

Shanina Shaik has hit back after she was slammed by some of her followers for sharing a nude snap to mark International Women’s Day.

The 28-year-old model posted the sexy snap on Instagram to mark the occasion on Friday (08Mar19) and wrote alongside it: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. #internationalwomensday.”

However, many people were unimpressed with Shanina’s decision to shed her clothes for the image, with one writing: “Nothing like taking advantage of women’s day to promote yourself. Shame on you.”

Another commented: “Stripping doesn’t make you strong happy women’s day to all the women who know what real strength is.”

But the Victoria’s Secret beauty was quick to respond to the criticism, insisting: “This is simply capturing a beautiful image of a raw woman’s body. Where is stripping? And shouldn’t we uplift women on international women’s day?”

And in response to another person who suggested the image was too “sexual” for International Women’s Day, Shanina wrote: “I understand clothes or no clothes it’s nothing to harm or pushing in a sexual manner.”

Shanina was just one of hundreds of models worldwide who took to social media to celebrate the special day. Kate Upton posted a picture of herself breastfeeding four-month-old daughter Genevieve, who she shares with husband Justin Verlander, and wrote: “Will cherish these moments forever. can’t imagine a greater superpower! #internationalwomensday.”

Kate also shared a throwback picture from her pregnancy, alongside a quote she wants to teach Genevieve about.

“A world without sexism would be a world where hard work, merit and qualifications are put before gender. True partnerships would be present rather than the constrictions of traditional roles,” the quote read. “Instead of being put in a box, everyone is on an even playing field and therefore benefits. This is the world in which I want my daughter to thrive.”

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Shanina Shaik: ‘I cried watching Fyre Festival documentary’

Model Shanina Shaik has opened up about her involvement with the disastrous Fyre Festival.The 27-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who is represented by IMG, was among several fashion stars including Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Hailey Bal…

Model Shanina Shaik has opened up about her involvement with the disastrous Fyre Festival.

The 27-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who is represented by IMG, was among several fashion stars including Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Chanel Iman, Hailey Baldwin, and Emily Ratajkowski, who were reportedly paid $1.2 million (£928,000) to promote the disastrous event on social media.

In an interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Shanina, one of the first models involved in the event to speak about it, admitted she was horrified by the events that unfolded when watching Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

“I cried when I watched it,” she confessed to the newspaper of the film which lifted the lid on the events leading up to the failed festival. “It is really horrific what happened. The girls and I were just kind of dragged into it. We would never want to promote something like that or take someone’s money.”

Several of the models, including Kendall, have been subpoenaed over payments they received before Fyre Media went bankrupt.

The event promised attendees a luxury music festival experience and the opportunity to party for two weekends on an island in the Bahamas previously owned by Pablo Escobar. Instead, attendees arrived to find substandard accommodation and food shortages.

The event was abandoned and it ended with several lawsuits against its co-founders, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland. McFarland is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for fraud.

“I would never promote anything if I knew that it would have that kind of backlash or what became of that,” Shanina insisted. “I would never ever want to promote it. When a client comes to my agent and has a vision or a project they want to work with us on, my agency always makes sure we are protected and looked after.”

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Lais Ribeiro feared walking in heels at 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Lais Ribeiro was apprehensive about wearing high heels during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.The brand held its annual lingerie extravaganza on 8 November (18), featuring supermodels such as Kendall Jenner, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and ma…

Lais Ribeiro was apprehensive about wearing high heels during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The brand held its annual lingerie extravaganza on 8 November (18), featuring supermodels such as Kendall Jenner, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and many Victoria’s Secret veterans including Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima, who also announced her retirement during the show.

This was Lais’ eighth time walking in the event, and though she has perfected her model walk in the highest of heels, she was a little nervous on this occasion due to a recent injury.

“I’m a little scared because I broke my toe about a month ago!” she explained to HollywoodLife.com before the show. “And I didn’t wear high heels yet, so we will see on the runway (sic)!”

The event aired on U.S. television on Sunday (02Dec18), and the likes of Shanina Shaik, Winnie Harlow, and Stella Maxwell all tuned in at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party at Spring Studios in New York.

The pack was led by Elsa Hosk, who this year was given the honour of wearing the prestigious Fantasy Bra. And having been selected to wear the garment at last year’s show, Lais was delighted for her fellow model.

“I was just so happy, I didn’t have a chance to tell her anything yet but I’m really happy for her, she worked so hard,” the 28-year-old gushed. “It’s so special, so emotional, so I’ll have a talk with her before she walks!”

Luckily, the Brazilian star was equally enthusiastic about the outfits she had to wear on the night.

“Both of my looks are pretty great,” Lais smiled. “One is black with a cape and wings with stars. The other is like a feather, it’s so light. It gives you (freedom) to blow a kiss, whatever!”

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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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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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Lais Ribeiro gets tattoo in honour of autistic son

Lais Ribeiro has paid tribute to her autistic son with her latest tattoo.The Brazilian model has worked for Victoria’s Secret since 2010 but really shot to fame when she was chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the lingerie giant’s fashion extravaganza he…

Lais Ribeiro has paid tribute to her autistic son with her latest tattoo.

The Brazilian model has worked for Victoria’s Secret since 2010 but really shot to fame when she was chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the lingerie giant’s fashion extravaganza held in Shanghai, China last November (17).

In addition to modelling, Lais is also mother to a 10-year-old boy named Alexandre, and has now shared that she has honoured him with some new body art.

“So this just happened guys! I always wanted to do a second tatto and I couldn’t find anything meaningful enough till a meeting that I had couple weeks ago about autism and kids with special needs (sic),” she captioned a photo of her being tattooed by Rob Green at Bang Bang Tattoos in New York City. “Don’t know if you guys know and I was never open about it but my son was diagnosed with autism 5 years ago. My first tatto is his name on the back of my neck and finally I found what I wanted to be my second (sic).”

Lais then posted a second close-up photo, showing her latest inking – the Autism Awareness Ribbon – on her torso. The ribbon design features a colourful puzzle pattern which reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum.

“I decided to do the symbol of autism (and kids with special needs) as a tatto and it’s beautiful and perfect just the way I wanted to be thanks to @robgreennyc THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so happy about it (sic). It means A LOT to me!” the 27-year-old commented.

Celebrity tattoo artist Rob, who has also previously inked the likes of singer SZA, model Shanina Shaik and actress Katie Cassidy, also uploaded some photographs of Lais’ tattoo.

“Thank you @laisribeiro for coming through last night!” he added. “I’m glad I was able to make your tattoo special and meaningful. You are truly awesome!”

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Shanina Shaik shares photos from lavish island wedding

Shanina Shaik has given fans a glimpse into her gorgeous wedding held in The Bahamas.The Australian model wed DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, at a ceremony held at a resort on the Eleuthera island on Saturday (28Apr18), the same location where th…

Shanina Shaik has given fans a glimpse into her gorgeous wedding held in The Bahamas.

The Australian model wed DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, at a ceremony held at a resort on the Eleuthera island on Saturday (28Apr18), the same location where they got engaged in 2016.

After initially releasing just one photo from her wedding on social media, Shanina has now shared details and images from her big day with Brides.com and shared that it felt natural to return to the luxury locale for the nuptials.

“I’ve always dreamt of marrying on the beach,” she said. “Our wedding reflected our personal style (simple and elegant) with the added touch of a bohemian vibe as well.”

Shanina’s bridesmaids included Nicole Williams, Nadine Leopold, Natalie Halcro, Jasmine Tookes and Olivia Pierson, with the ladies all wearing gowns in neutral colours from Australian label Zimmermann, while guests at the wedding included Ashlee Simpson and her husband Evan Ross, as well as Run-DMC star Reverend Run, who officiated the service.

For the main ceremony, Shanina turned to Ralph & Russo’s Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, who made her an off-the-shoulder lace gown with sheer hem over the course of eight months.

“I wanted it to be simple, bohemian, and elegant,” the 27-year-old explained. “I love a boho style and I wanted to give it a little twist by incorporating lace.”

Ruckus sported a Tom Ford tuxedo for the bash, while Shanina chose to change into another gown for the reception – another white dress by designer Michael Costello. The former Victoria’s Secret star also sported jewellery from Lorraine Schwartz, which complemented her engagement ring and new wedding band, while she wore two pairs of new high heels that she selected on a recent shopping trip.

“After looking at so many amazing options, I decided to go with a stunning pair of Aquazzura shoes,” she smiled, adding that her second choice was a pair of embellished Jimmy Choo stilettos.

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Chanel Iman teams up with Beach Bunny for capsule collection

Chanel Iman has been tapped by Beach Bunny to create a limited edition apparel line.The 27-year-old model, who recently married American football player Sterling Shepard, has shared that she is a longtime fan of the brand, and was keen to design pieces…

Chanel Iman has been tapped by Beach Bunny to create a limited edition apparel line.

The 27-year-old model, who recently married American football player Sterling Shepard, has shared that she is a longtime fan of the brand, and was keen to design pieces that are both vibrant and versatile.

“Beach Bunny’s always been one of those stores that I grew up going to and it was a store that was always on my Christmas list just because they have so many different, fun pieces for so many different women,” she told WWD. “I wanted it to be versatile. I have a lot of swim pieces and sometimes I’ll mix and match them.”

Chanel went on to add that bright colours that look great against a tan will be the focus of her collection, but that she has catered to everybody by including a simple black swimsuit in addition to white and denim garments.

Prices for the capsule range from $110 (£79) to $120 (£86) for swimsuit bottoms, while tops will retail from $130 (£94) to $154 (£111).

Beach Bunny have also recruited Australian model Shanina Shaik to create a line of her own, which mixes pretty pastels with ruffle and strappy details in a collection she described as romantic and feminine.

“You have to be so tuned into details,” the 27-year-old insisted. “Some people think a swimsuit is so simple but there’s so much that goes into a swimsuit and the details.”

Her experience in modelling swimwear and lingerie aided Shanina with the design process, and her collection is priced at $120 (£86) for tops, $110 (£79) for bottoms and $198 (£143) for a one-piece suit.

Both capsules officially will officially launch 15 May and are set to be sold in Beach Bunny’s online and physical stores.

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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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