A Note from the Editor –

When your publication is based on aspirational beauty – not inspirational alone – coming up with enigmatic and awe-inspiring cover girls is no easy feat. Then, Australian Victoria’s Secret supermodel Shanina Shaik flies into town. Born and raised in Melbourne and of Pakistani, Saudi Arabian and Lithuanian decent (what a mix!), her 17-year successful career which includes fronting magazine covers and campaigns for Harper’s BAZAAR, Kookaï and Just Jeans made Shaik the obvious choice for Gritty Pretty Magazine’s Autumn issue.

Based in New York City and having jetted into Sydney last month to walk in MYER’s AW 16 runway show, when I first met Shaik, one thing was apparent: she was glowing. And, it’s easy to see why; admitting she’s smitten in love becoming recently engaged to fiancé, DJ Ruckus in December. Arriving at our cover shoot at Sydney’s Mona Vista house in Darling Point – the day after her 25th birthday – Shaik told contributing beauty journalist Sarah Brooks-Wilson, “We just get along and have so much in common… We live in the moment.”

Adding to the growing list of incredible women – including Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica Hart and Lara Worthington – this most recent editorial (photographed by the talented Ted O’Donnell) is yet another moment of what Gritty Pretty stands for: celebrating great women, multicultural beauty, entrepreneurial females in business and arming you, our precious readers, with the hair, makeup and skin techniques, tools and trends required to empower yourself. This has always been – and always will be – a vital part of Gritty Pretty’s DNA and what we are most proud of.

This issue’s line-up includes ZOEVA founder, Zoe Boikou; the enticing new fragrances for fall, how to wear pink and eye liner responsibly (and separately), and a roster of some of the most luxurious beauty spas in Paris. The next 60-plus pages should serve as a reminder to nurture the time we give ourselves. Invest in quality skin care, have fun with makeup and select scents that embody your personality. Remember: life is short. Buy the lipstick.

Please let me know what you think of the issue: 

– Eleanor Pendleton, Editor & Publisher, Gritty Pretty Magazine


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Photography: Ted O’Donnell

Styling: Marina Afonina

Makeup: Liz Kelsh for MaxFactor

Hair: Sam Overton for TRESemmé

Video: Thomas Stockwell


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