Victoria's Secret Angel Shanina Shaik on her Muslim upbringing
Shanina Shaik has spoken out about being bullied during her teenage years due to her mixed ethnicity. (AFP/File)
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Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik exudes effortless elegance on the cover of Emirates Woman magazine.
The 25-year-old Australian model, who travelled to Dubai to shoot for the publication, stuns in an off-white frilly dress while flaunting a glowing complexion.
Sitting down in the shot, the runway sensation of mixed Australian, Lithuanian, Pakistani and Saudi Arabian descent, stares into the camera while revealing a glimpse of her slender arms and toned legs.
Furthermore, Shanina's stunning facial features are brought to the reader's attention, thanks to a slick of pink lipstick and lashings of jet black mascara.
'Sizzle and Shaik,' reads the caption on the cover of the magazine, and Shanina happily speaks with magazine about her career and cultural upbringing.
Shanina at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015. (AFP/File)
'I was born and raised Muslim and I lived a very normal lifestyle,' the beauty, whose father is of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian descent, says.
'My father is very open to my job and understanding and he is very grateful for the woman I have become.
'I’m a very sophisticated and respectful woman. I had a great upbringing and a great lifestyle with my sibling.'
The Victoria's Secret model and her younger brother Shah were raised by mother Kim in suburban Melbourne.
She has previously spoken out about being bullied during her teenage years due to her mixed ethnicity.
The brunette beauty shot to fame after finishing as runner-up in 2008 on Australian reality television show Make Me A Supermodel.
She subsequently scored a breakthrough when she walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2011, and has been strutting the runway for the luxurious lingerie line ever since.
By Alicia Vrajlal