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Shanina Shaik: It's OK to be different

Shanina Shaik: It's OK to be different

Shanina Shaik sees her individuality as a "revolving door".

The Australian beauty began her modelling career at just eight years old, later making her catwalk debut during New York Fashion Week's Autumn/Winter 09 season.

With her mother helming from Lithuanian and Aussie decent, while her father is of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian heritage, Shanina has been blessed with stunning looks. Ahead of Mother's Day down under on Sunday 10 May, the star shared some advice her mum gave her growing up.

"Being different is a revolving door in your life, where the secure enter and the insecure exit," the 24-year-old told Elle Australia.

Her gorgeous appearance wasn't always appreciated though, as Shanina reveals she was bullied at school. Her mum Kim was always on hand to wipe away her daughter's tears and continued to encourage her to stand tall, no matter what others said.

"She told me to always be proud of who I am because the people who stand out are the ones who go on to do amazing things with their lives, while bullies will always be one step behind," the brunette fashionista added.

Shanina is now proving haters wrong and her role as a Victoria's Secret Angel has seen her become an object of desire the world over.

And earlier this week she lent her svelte physique to a photoshoot for bohemian label, Free People. In the photos she poses in a range of lingerie, such as lacy high-waisted bottoms and a matching bralette.

She posted one of the snaps on her Instagram, showing her in a matching two-piece set.

"Hippy ?? in @freepeople #freepeople #lingerie#hippyvibes (sic)" she captioned the photo.

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