Model Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
What does your weekly exercise regime look like in the lead up to the show?

“I’ve been prepping every day and it’s becoming more intense as the show draws closer. Today I’ve done two really intense one-hour workouts and later on tonight, I have a trainer here that I organised through one of my other girlfriends who is in the show, Nadine Leopold. I have a set meal plan for my day as I go and see clients. I’m actually calling in from London.

For most women, when they embark on long-haul flights, it changes their bodies. Do you find that as well?

“Flying so much is just part of my job. There are some ways to steer away from getting bloated. Make sure you drink a lot of water on the flight. I take vitamins as well and make sure I get some good rest. I will always take my own food on the flight as well. I tend to do that a lot, especially with the show being so close. I want to know what’s in my food and what I’m eating so I’ll be packed and prepared before I go on the flight. Moisturising is also really important too, mid-flight. I love to have a sauna and do a cold plunge when I get off the flight to sweat and get the muscles tingling and moving.”

VS Model Shanina Shaik walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
Tell me about your Victoria’s Secret casting this year? And how did it compares to your very first VS casting?

“I feel a lot more confident this year. I understand my body more so I feel the difference from when I was younger and I was learning about myself and my body. I was 18-years old when I started doing the castings. When I turned 23 and 24-years-old, I learnt about working out and what works for my body. Now I have the formula and feel confident, excited, happy and ready to face that casting. I think that’s what the VS crew enjoyed about me when I walked in. And that I’d worked really hard and worked out consistently. I wasn’t as stressed this year.”

We saw you on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet and you looked incredible. You could have walked that VS runway then…

“Awww thank you! I didn’t think I was at my best!”

Last year, 1.4 billion people tuned into the show. When you think about that figure, and you think about your first ever modelling job, what feelings are conjured up?

“You know what? I tend to not want to think about that number even though it’s so hugely successful for Victoria’s Secret to have so many people tuning in to watch us. I feel like if I was to really think about that number, I’d get really nervous. It’s just super exciting. I like to be in the moment and not think about anything else and just be present. I like to enjoy being around the girls and the music acts.

“We train like athletes to look our best so it’s important to enjoy the moment.”

Shanina Shaik attends fittings for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Midtown on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
What’s the last thing you think about before you hit the runway?

“I think to myself ‘this is what you’ve been working on, this is why you’ve been in the gym for endless hours.’ There is so much hard work and dedication and it’s the moment where it’s finally come through.

“It’s a big moment of exhale and happiness. I’m excited to walk because my husband is going to be there watching me. But what makes it so exciting this year is the fact the show’s in New York. I love the audience and the vibe, they get it.”

When you do visit home, how do old friends greet you when you’re out given the level of your success overseas?

“I left Australia when I was 17-years-old and growing up, you do lose contact with a lot of people. A lot of my girlfriends are ones I’ve made through my job throughout the years rather than my childhood friends. I have one amazing best friend from home so I’m quite normal when I go back home. I’m like anyone else, I go and shop at the local plaza, I just want to be around my family. Obviously I have family members who want to know what I’m doing all the time but they are just excited for me!”

What does your exercise regime look like in the lead up to show?

“I consistently work out but leading up the show, I’m working out every day. It’s really important to have one rest day so that after all those workouts, you can get rid of that inflammation and let your muscles relax. You can’t cause an injury if you have a rest day. Right now I’m finding it quite difficult to get up in the morning because I’m in London and I’m suffering from jetlag so while I usually enjoy a morning session, all my workouts are concentrated to the evenings at the moment. When I’m in New York, I train with Megan Roup, and she and I do a lot of dance cardio and Pilates where we use a lot of small weights and ankle weights. I really enjoy her class because I feel super toned and defined. I love an infrared sauna to repair my muscles and get rid of any water retention that you may be holding onto.”

Shanina Shaik attends the casting for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Show in Midtown on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/GC Images)
What does your daily diet look like?

“I eat pretty clean. Pretty much proteins and vegetables only! [Laughs]. I always start my day off with hot water and lemon, religiously. For breakfast, I usually have vegetables and two boiled eggs. I’ll have a teaspoon of almond butter or avocado as well so I get my good fats. I’ll then have a vegetable-based green juice. I like to have steamed or grilled fish and plain steamed vegetables. For dinner, I’ll do a vegetable stir-fry in coconut oil and pepper. It’s pretty boring but that’s what I have to do!”

How do you maintain this when you’re travelling?

“While I’m in London, I have deliveries come from a place called The Detox Kitchen and they have formulated a meal plan for me while I’m here so I don’t have to use room service. It’s so beneficial.”

Beauty-wise, what does your nightly routine look like to ensure you get adequate sleep and your skin is in tip-top condition?

“I take a lot of vitamins for a daily cleanse and gut health. I love also having facials once or twice a month, especially leading up to the show, really makes my skin glow. Day-to-day, I look after my skin quite well so I don’t use too much. I cleanse with a natural seaweed cleanser. I use a rose hydrating mist as a toner and a La Mer moisturiser. It’s all about moisturising to keep yourself fresh and hydrated.”

Victoria’s Secret models Stella Maxwell, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor are seen backstage prior the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on December 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)
What food will you eat straight after the show? Are you bee-lining for NYC burger joint?

“I’m dying to eat pretty much everything! [laughs]. Anything with carbs like pizza, pasta or a donut will be my go-to.”

The Victoria’s Secret Show is returning to New York this year. Where is your favourite NYC bar to meet friends?

“I like going to Catch in the West village. After training, my girlfriends and I always go there, or to have drinks. They also do a great brunch as well!”

We’re so excited to see you fly the flag for Australia on such a bring runway. See you at Thursday’s show!

“Thank you so much!”