Model Shan­ina Shaik on lo­ca­tion in her adopted city of New York.


Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Photograph­y MANOLO CAM­PION Styling GEMMA KEIL Words STEPHANIE SQUADRITO

After con­quer­ing run­ways across the globe, Shan­ina Shaik is, like fel­low Aussie mod­els Ruby Rose and Abbey Lee, ready to try her hand at act­ing. The Mel­bourne-born beauty will ap­pear along­side Tom Cruise in the ac­tion­packed re­boot of The Mummy, in cin­e­mas next month, and hopes to have another film lined up by the end of the year. “I’m def­i­nitely au­di­tion­ing for other things, so fin­gers crossed,” she tells Stel­lar. So, was her first big Hol­ly­wood ex­pe­ri­ence as glam­orous as one might ex­pect? Not quite. Shaik laughs as she re­calls those long days on set. “I thought mod­el­ling was all about wait­ing around – in the cast­ing, in the jobs, on set – but act­ing took it to another level of ex­treme wait­ing,” she says. If her time on set was some­times a snore, a quick scroll of Shaik’s Instagram feed show­cases a life that looks like the com­plete op­po­site. A work­ing trip to the Ba­hamas, an ap­pear­ance at Coachella, and rub­bing shoul­ders with A-listers, in­clud­ing Gigi Ha­did, are all typ­i­cal for the 26-year-old. Then there’s that other thing keep­ing her oc­cu­pied: plan­ning her wed­ding to renowned DJ (and Lenny Kravitz’s cousin), DJ Ruckus. “We’re get­ting there, which is su­per ex­cit­ing,” she says. “We’ve got the guest list down so I’m re­ally happy about that.” For Stel­lar’s shoot at The Green­wich Ho­tel in New York City, Shaik is on

duty as the new face of David Jones brand Studio W. “It’s an amaz­ing collec­tion,” she says. “I love the over­size puffer coats and the dark army greens, nudes and burgundy for win­ter­time.”

New York is now her adopted home­town, and while Shaik em­braces it with vigour, she ad­mits the icy win­ters leave her home­sick. “I love the buzz and vibe of the city – not so much the weather,” she says. Good news: the fu­ture bride – and her pre­sum­ably A-list guests – are likely to be smil­ing in the sun when she brings them home for that wed­ding. Studio W is exclusive to David Jones and is avail­able in-store and on­line now; david­

``I love the buzz of new York but not the weather´´

STUDIO W trench, $180, and coat (worn around waist), $150; SCANLAN THEODORE dress, $900; WITCHERY shoes, $140, all David Jones

STUDIO W jacket, $180, and pants, $110; CHRIS­TIAN LOUBOUTIN boots, $2195, all David Jones; her own ear­rings (worn through­out)

STUDIO W jacket, $200; THEODORE dress (with corset), $1200; pants, $1149; shoes, $140, all David Jones Ni­co­las Eldin Camp­bell Ritchie ...

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