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Shania Shaik Adds Exotic Allure to GQ Russia Posing Poolside (see!)

Shanina Shaik, the exotic Australian model is building her international portfolio with a photo spread in GQ Russia. (Photo by Alan Gelati for GQ Russia)

Shania Shaik, whose exotic beauty rivals top models like Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima, is captured in a series of stunning poolside photos in the October issue of GQ Russia. She’ll warm up the winter, for sure.

Shaik, 23, is Australian native, but gets her rare beauty from a mother of Lithuanian descent and a father who traces his roots to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The Melbourne resident started modeling in car commercials when she was eight-years-old. She grew to a statuesque five-feet, nine-inches tall, and made her professional debut in 2009.

She was an instant hit on the runways. She walk in almost a dozen shows during her debut season at New York Fashion Week for such designers as Yeohlee and Shipley & Halmos.

In 2011, she was hired to walk in the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It marked a break through year during which she stepped up to major designers. like Jason Wu, Charlotte Ronson, Nanette Lepore, Diesel, Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, Tom Ford Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney.

For her GQ spread, Shanina wears a mix of outfits and lingerie in front of Alan Gelati’s lens. The poolside shots are daring, seductive and mostly topless.

Fashion editor Vadim Galaganov handled styling with hair by Roberto Nardozzi and makeup by Andrea Costa.

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Shania Shaik Bold, Sun-Drenched in GQ (Click Photos to Enlarge!)
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