Shanina Shaik Feels 'Confident' Making Her Return To The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
The Melbourne-born stunner will walk the famed runway after a two-year absence.
In fact, four diverse Australian beauties -- Shanina, Duckie Thot, Kelly Gale and Alannah Walton -- are set to star in the 2018 show.
The televised event marks Shanina's fifth time as an 'Angel' and the 27-year-old has shifted her perspective after being overlooked the past two years.
"Casting for the show this year, I changed my overall mindset. I'm completely in charge of who I am and my happiness," she told 10 daily.
"I’m usually filled with nerves and butterflies [but] I felt confident this time," she added.
'Nina' (as family and friends call her) said that she walked into the nerve-wracking casting process earlier this year "excited and happy" (meanwhile first-timer Winnie Harlow had a "breakdown" prior to her audition).
The elaborate show, held by Victoria's Secret every year since 1995 to promote its lingerie and apparel, will be filmed in New York City on Friday.
Shanina said she has committed to twice daily gym visits leading up to the event known as the "Superbowl of Fashion".
Her schedule includes dance-cardio classes with NYC-based Megan Roup and pilates sessions with Los Angeles instructor slash socialite, Shannon Nadj.
Her diet, she explained, has "obviously become strict" as the date draws closer.
"I begin my day with hot water and lemon, followed by a teaspoon of almond butter and spinach. Lunch is grilled fish with asparagus and squash. Dinner will be a protein with vegetables and small portion of brown rice."
Bullied for her mixed heritage (her mother is Lithuanian/Anglo-Australian, while her father is Pakistani and Saudi Arabian) growing up in suburban Melbourne, Shanina found an escape in modelling.
“When I got my start as a model I was down on myself and completely lacked confidence, but for some reason I loved it instantly," she recalled in a 2014 interview.
"Myself and others are [now] changing the perception of what it means to be Australian, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
She noted there is "a lot" of competition in the industry so having "thick skin" is necessary.
"There have been many times I've been told I’m not good enough for a job -- or even too big. You have to be tough."
As for what's on Shanina's mind as she struts that celebrated VS catwalk, she said she's encouraged by the energy from loved ones cheering her on.
"Having my husband [Gregory 'DJ Ruckus' Andrews], agents and friends present and watching the show, makes the experience even more special."
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