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Shanina Shaik Is Maxim’s May/June Cover Girl

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In a world that suddenly seems overpopulated with “supermodels,” there’s only one Shanina Shaik; her striking hazel eyes casting a seductive gaze, her flawless skin a glowing bronze with a dusting of freckles, the unmistakable exoticism that sets her apart from the rest of the beautiful people. 

Despite her booming success, Shaik’s diverse background — an Australian-Lithuanian mother and a Pakistani-Saudi father — wasn’t always an asset. While her striking features are celebrated and desired by designers today, early on in her career, her uncertain ethnicity was a bit of a hindrance. 

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“At times being so mixed hindered me from getting jobs as clients couldn’t place me in a ‘category’ of race,” Shaik tells Brazil BUM BUM, “which I thought was absurd and really unfortunate.” 

Thankfully those days are behind her, and Shaik is now one of the most coveted and recognizable faces in the industry. 



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