The model opens up about her future wedding, becoming a model and more

By Sarah Kinonen
Updated February 01, 2016 12:00 AM

Shanina Shaik’s engagement to DJ Ruckus [a.k.a. Greg Andrews] was certainly a whirlwind, but the Victoria’s Secret model says that some things are just meant to be.

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“Yes, I was truly surprised,” Shaik confessed to Ocean Drive magazine in a recent interview. “I’ve been with Greg for about nine months now, so it was really quick, but it feels right. We’re best friends, and we’re obviously very much in love, and we have lots of fun with each other. We understand each other’s life and career, and I think that’s important as well. I was super happy and so excited that he asked me to marry him.”

And now, just a month after DJ Ruckus popped the question, Shaik says she’s already in the midst of planning her big day, which, she says will most likely be a small ceremony in a tropical locale, much like where they got engaged (that would be Lenny Kravitz’s private island, of course).

“I think every girl pretty much dreams about what she would like for her wedding day, but I’m also not very traditional,” she said. “I actually want a small wedding; I don’t want a big, poufy dress. I want to be on a beach. I think those things will definitely happen.”

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When she’s not busy brainstorming bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements, the 24-year-old can most likely be found on set, working alongside fellow Victoria’s Secret models, including Adriana Lima, who, Shaik says, she was compared often compared to when she first entered the industry.

“When I came to New York, the first week pretty much, [Victoria’s Secret] was interested in me. There was talk that I looked like Adriana Lima, and I couldn’t see that at all,” she told the mag. “At the age of 17, they were telling me I was so sexy, and I didn’t understand that — I was like, ‘I’m not doing anything, though…’ I was still so young, and at that time, they didn’t have Pink.”

“When I was 20, I really came into myself as being more of a woman,” she added. “My body changed, elongated, stretched out; I got rid of my baby fat on my face, and I booked the show. For any model to book the Victoria’s Secret show, it changes their career. It’s always been a dream of mine.”

And through it all, Shaik says Lima was the first supermodel to truly welcome her into the tight-knit family of Angels, and Shaik still looks to her as a role model.

“When I did my first show, I didn’t know anybody else, I didn’t do any high-fashion work at that point, so I was really still kind of brand-new to the industry,” she told Ocean Drive. “I was sitting by myself, waiting to do rehearsals, and Adriana was the first person [who] came up to me and asked who I was, asked how I am, and complimented me. She’s really such a beautiful, down-to-earth girl.”

Shaik also explained that her parents are conservative (she was raised Muslim until her parents divorced), but they’re still incredibly supportive of her endeavors. “My dad is super understanding; he loves his children. He says whatever makes me happy makes him happy. He knows I’m smart and have my head on straight,” she said. “I have goals with my career, and he knows that I’ll always respect myself.”

She added that it helps her parents respect her No. 1 employer: “Victoria’s Secret is a brand that showcases a woman being fit, beautiful, healthy and having confidence, but is also respectful, too, so I’m not doing anything too over-the-top or raunchy. I think that would be doing an issue if that were the case.”

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–Sarah Kinonen