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Booking the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the dream gig for many young models. This isn’t surprising considering that exposure from the show has launched the careers of models like Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr. Although, the show has received criticism over the years for its lack of diversity, we’re thrilled that there’s at least one South Asian model in the lineup – Australian born Shanina Shaik. Here’s what you need to know about this gorgeous gal.
Shanina Shaik was born on February 11, 1991 in Melbourne, Australia.
Her stunning looks are courtesy of her Lithuanian, Pakistani and Saudi Arabian heritage.
She began modeling in catalogs at the age of eight but stopped once she entered high school.
Was bullied relentlessly in high school because of her darker skin color. She’s been speaking out about the experience in the hopes of helping other young girls deal with bullying.
She returned to modeling in 2008 when she entered and placed second in the reality television show Make Me A Supermodel.
She walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show for the first time in 2011 becoming the fifth Australian model to walk for Victoria’s Secret, joining Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sarah Stephens and Jessica Hart.
Was one of several South Asian models who walked for Chanel’s 2012 Pre-Fall Indian inspired “Paris-Bombay” presentation.
Lives in New York City with her French bulldog Choppa.
She loves to cook and her favorite Indian dish is chicken biryani.
Made her Indian fashion magazine debut on the cover of Vogue India’s November 2015 issue with actor Shah Rukh Khan.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will air tonight at 10PM on CBS! The show will also be available on CBS All Access, which will allow viewers to view the show on desktop, mobile, or streaming devices in supported markets.