Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

Shanina Shaik announced that she will head to Australia in March. (AFP)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik has been announced as the new face of an advertising campaign in her hometown of Melbourne and took to Instagram to share the news as she kicked off her birthday celebrations in Miami.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, is set to celebrate her 28th birthday on Feb. 11, but kickstarted the festivities early with a joint bash in Miami — alongside US model and fellow Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes, whose birthday was on Feb. 1.

Shaik took to Instagram to share a snap of the pair at their joint birthday celebration. An hour earlier, the model shared news of her new deal with an Australian shopping destination called Chadstone.

Described on its website as “Melbourne's favorite fashion, food and entertainment destination… with over 550 stores,” the fashion icon announced that she is planning a visit in March.

“I’m so excited to be announced as the face of @chadstone_fashion for their Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign – back in my hometown of Melbourne! This was such a fun day shooting with the @stellarmag team talking all things fashion, lifestyle and career for my partnership with @chadstone_fashion. I’ll be coming home in March to show you what we have been working on… stay tuned,” she posted on Instagram, referring to a photo shoot with Australian magazine Stellar.

The model was photographed on the streets of Los Angeles by Georges Antoni for the magazine.

Besides modeling, Shaik has been working hard to expand her already impressive CV and even branched out into acting, she revealed on Instagram in October.

She bagged a role in “Greed,” a British comedy about the uber-rich.

The film also stars Hollywood’s Isla Fisher, British comedian Steve Coogan and David Mitchell and is directed Michael Winterbottom, the man behind “A Mighty Heart” and “The Trip.”

The model also starred in a video for Etihad Airways, which she shared on her Instagram page in October.

In the clip, she boards a flight to Paris and waxes lyrical about the service and food, adding that she “really enjoyed the Arabic mezze plate and being served my favorite Arabic coffee and dates.”

“Thank you @etihadairways for the amazing trip to Paris! I arrived fresh and relaxed!! Being a model I’m always in and out of a city and never able to see the sights. #etihadairways created an amazing trip that allowed me to discover all of Paris,” she captioned the video, in which she wanders the streets of Paris after the flight.


What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

Updated 21 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman

In Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, Sheri Berman traces the long history of democracy in its cradle, Europe. 

In her study of European political development over more than 200 years, Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard, shows that the story of democracy in Europe is complicated. 

“The ultimate goal, she believes, is liberal democracy, with elections, respect for the rule of law, individual liberties and minority rights. But that is a rare, and hard-won, achievement. A step forward is often followed by a step back,”  said Max Strasser in a review published in The New York Times.

“This may seem a bit obvious to anyone familiar with the broad outlines of European history, but Berman makes the case clearly and convincingly. Moreover, at a moment when hyperventilating over the decline of democracy has grown into a veritable intellectual industry, her long-view approach comes across as appealingly sober,” Strasser added.