The Avenue, Where Models Live
Smart is so Sexy #SISS
L. Shima. My name is Shima or L.Shima. I am 20 years old. I grew up in the fabulous city of Austin, Texas. I am African American, Irish, German, and Japanese. I started modeling about 2 years ago, but officially began almost a year ago.
MERGEBY. What's your favorite song right now?
L. Shima. Don't quite have a favorite song, but I love listening to Frank Ocean - Channel Orange, Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D City, and G.O.O.D Music - Cruel Summer.
MERGEBY. What Type of Model would you be considered?
L. Shima. Automatically, based on my body type, people consider me to be a glamour model. Which I definitely don't mind, but I do love breaking outside of the box and challenging myself to do more fashion and artistic modeling. I suppose I would like to simply be considered a model, no "type or label" necessary.
L. Shima. Ha!! I was 16 years old and worked at Firehouse Subs. I guess you can say, I know how to make a mean sandwich!
MERGEBY. How do you deal with disappointment?
L. Shima. Preferably I choose to listen to music, or go on a walk to clear my head. It helps dramatically!
MERGEBY. Talk about your strength and weakness in Modeling?
L. Shima. My strengths would have to be the emotions I can portray at a shoot. I can also turn on a the sex appeal to level 10 if I need to. When it comes to weakness I feel my body isn't in the best shape it could be yet. I'm working on that.
MERGEBY. What is a big pet peeve of yours from the industry?
L. Shima. Photoshop, I can't stand how some people tend to edit images. Especially in glamour imagery, most model don't look like people anymore with the blurring and softening.
L. Shima. There is no secret, just making sure I get a good nights rest and eat the best I can. Plus a little make-up can go a long way!
MERGEBY. Can you tell us some of the challenges that you have come across?
L. Shima. Scams are the biggest challenge I face almost once a month. I have to do a lot of research just to make sure things add up properly. The last thing I need is to be scammed which will hurt me in the long run. It's unfortunate that people think that just because I'm a pretty young woman, they can trick me into fishy situations.
MERGEBY. What are some of your greatest achievements thus far?
L. Shima. I've had a lot of achievements within this year, but to name a few I was glad to be a part of Playboy TV, and an un-announced LookBook project. I also have a wonderful website almost done, along with the main accomplishment: supporting myself with my modeling!
MERGEBY. What is your ultimate goal for your career?
L. Shima. I want to become a role model for fellow models. Let them know the truth behind modeling (the good and the bad). An equal goal is to meet as many talented artist throughout my journey and to be able to share it all.
L. Shima. When it comes to my modeling, most of the time I am put in sticky situations that I need to fork my way out somehow. I have some interesting stories about places I have been, people I have met and the experiences that I have collected. I just had a shoot where the photographer lugged in a giant swimming pool into an art studio, filled it with black colored water, and had assistants shoot colored water at me. So I had to look calm as streams of water we're being sprayed on my body. The resulting shots are amazing, but the whole scenario was surreal. We planned up until the end, when we had to empty the pool. Let's just say we took a million trip back and forth with buckets!
MERGEBY. Question, all the guys want to know… Are you single?
MERGEBY. What attracts you about a guy?
MERGEBY. Can you name a model everyone should look out for, other than you?
L. Shima. Hattie Watson and Echo Nittolitto
MERGEBY. Tips for men who want to be your Mr. Right?
L. Shima. Don't be a dummy, I can spot one in a second and it is a total turn off. The best thing to do is be real, don't try so hard and don't be nervous. I am just another person like everyone else. :)
MERGEBY. Twitter or Facebook? Which do you prefer?
L. Shima. Facebook, but I am trying hard to get into Twitter. Baby steps :)
MERGEBY. Where can our audience see more of you?
L. Shima. My Tumblr page is my most active outlet so. I constantly post new images almost everyday:
MERGEBY. What advice do you have for young women, trying to get in the industry?
L. Shima. Be yourself, don't try to become someone else that you see online or inside magazines. Just because you are a model doesn't mean you have to act like a drama queen or a diva, keep all of that at home. Actually, don't bring drama anywhere. My number one piece of advice is it to be professional. Some girls genuinely do not know what professional is. Find a mentor. Make the best/right choices that you will be proud of looking back. One day it will all pay off. :)