I am a freelance model in the Philippines for almost 9 years now albeit I consider myself as an artist because I love everything art represents, like music or fashion…I aspire to be a successful entrepreneur someday too.
How did you get started into modeling and why do you enjoy it?
Collecting a lot of magazines when I was younger gave me an insight about modeling. I was intrigued so I searched agencies in my country to look for auditions and castings. Like a golden opportunity, I saw one and I went there with my sister. Fortunately, I was chosen to be a part of a fashion show and I even had my first print ad project.
After that I had fashion shows, commercials and print ads. I’ve been to a few TV shows in the early years of my career too, like Dyesebel, Pedro Penduko, Kambal sa Uma, and Volta. I even guested for a game show called Minute To Win It a year ago.
I enjoy doing my craft because I’ve met a lot of amazing people. I also met my best friends in this industry. Even the challenges and shortcomings made it more perplexing.
Do you follow a regular workout or beauty regime to look so good?
I do yoga and I meditate. When you have a peaceful mind, the body follows.
What inspires your fashion style and where do you love to shop from?
I’m not the type to follow trends. My fashion sense is very eclectic. It changes depends on my mood. I recommend checking out Orseund Iris, Oh Polly, Joah Brown and Fashionnova.
What have you always wanted to do or learn but have yet to find the time for it?
Probably dancing. It’s something I used to do a lot when I was still in middle school. I was even a cheerleader and I competed in gymnastics competitions too.
Do you believe in any superstition?
Neutral. Sometimes I find it funny, sometimes I blame myself for not believing.
Would you rather be able to play every musical instrument or master every type of sport?
I’d love to master any kind of sport. I love being prolific.
What turns you off on a date?
There’s a lot I could tell actually but I’ll list down a few things… First of, poor hygiene. I like a man who knows how to take care of his body. If they can’t take care of their own body, how can I assume that they can also be a responsible person?
Or when they’re not paying attention to me on our date, like they’re distracted with their phone or other stuff. I respect their own space but I can feel if they lack an overall investment. I don’t want a guy to date me out of boredom or just to get in my pants. I’d love to be with someone who has substance.
Lastly, if I see them being uncivil towards a waiter, staff, driver or a guard, it’ll also be a deal breaker for me.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Shanne. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
’Sexy’ is a mentality for me. People see it negatively or they’d think you’re conceited when you’re being confident with your own body. I beg to differ. It’s a mere social construct. It’s not just about our body types. I can even find a person sexy with his motivation, his confidence, and his great sense of humor.
How else would I define it? Enticing. Captivating. I never found a guy that’s sexy enough to make me wanna drool over him. Like I can’t stop thinking about how hot he is or would beg him to make me his. If I ever found a guy that would give me that kind of butterflies, I’m doomed.
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