Shannan Click is a sleek California girl, but looks right at home at Europe’s most exotic beaches in a new beachwear fashion shoot for Elle magazine’s French edition.

Click, 28, grew up in San Dimas, Calif., and was discovered appropriately enough on Huntington Beach.

She scored her first major modeling gig at 20 with GUESS? jeans in 2003. Within a year she was a staple figure on New York, Paris and Milan runways for Shiatzy Chen, Miu Miu, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Luella Bartley.

Although most of her work has been in Europe, she walked for the first time in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City last November.

Click who lives in the East Village in New York City considers herself an “enternal hippie.” “I realize how important it is to take care of our planet,” she says. In New York, she consumes organic and local products, purchased at markets, and recycles everything.

For her Elle spread, she was captured by photographer Nagi Sakai in bathing suits and beach wear by Chanel, Kenzo and other designers. She’s styled by Jeanne Le Bault.

Check out Shannan’s photos; click to enlarge.

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