2017 is shaping up to be one helluva year for Australian-born model Shanina Shaik. Her film The Mummy – in which she stars alongside Tom Cruise – comes out next month, she’s knee deep in wedding plans with renowned disc jockey DJ Ruckus, and she’s just been named the new face of the UK’s number one e-tailer Next. Big, right?!
Following the news of her new ambassador gig, Shanina sat down to chat all things career, fashion and beauty, plus staying in shape…
What inspired you to get into modelling?
I began modelling at a very young age. I’ve been modelling my whole life! I enjoyed putting on makeup, dressing up and becoming a character in front of the camera.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Meeting talented people in the fashion industry, traveling the world, and creating beautiful pictures.
What are your must-have summer wardrobe essentials?
Lots of swimsuits, a cute cover-up, long summer dress, sunglasses and sandals.
Do you have a strict beauty regime? What beauty products do you swear by?
It’s important to me that I cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise everyday – morning and night. You should only exfoliate twice a week. I love to use Kora Organics cleanser and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Cream – great products to rejuvenate your skin and keep it fresh.
How do you keep yourself in shape and beach ready?
I consistently workout. I like to mix up my workout, it shocks your body and [you] will see the change you’re trying to achieve quicker. My favourite workouts are running, cycling, Pilates and Yoga. I train four to five times a week.
Who would you consider to be your style icon?
Rosie Huntington-Whitely!! She is so chic and cool. Her street style and red carpet looks are so glamorous!
Which do you prefer to wear – a bikini or one piece?
It’s a tricky one! I do love a teeny tiny bikini (it does help with the tan lines), but a one piece makes me feel sophisticated. I choose a swimsuit style depending on the type of beach I will go to.
What are your favourite pieces from the Next swimwear collection?
I adore the crochet bikinis and the boho style summer bags!
All images: Next