She is a model, actress, brand ambassador. She enjoys print & runway modeling. She represent companies, brands working expos, trade shows and events. She also enjoy the marketing and promotions involved in business. Her passion is acting.
Her favorite quote: “Everything you dream is on the other side of fear” and “If your dream doesn’t seem impossible then it’s not big enough”.
Her hair color is Blonde and eyes blue. Her vital statistics: Size 2 dress, Size 10 shoe, 34D-27-35.
Shannon-Lee is an exceptionally talented and accomplished model. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You must have an inclination towards the world of beauty from your early childhood as you made your career in modeling and acting. Later you propelled your modelling career to the height where you are a leading fashion and glamour model and excelled as an actress. Tell us something about this fairy tale journey?
I attended a modeling school when I was about 13 years old. They taught us a bit about make up application and we did a version of runway but not much came of it. I was booked for one hair show where the hairstylist drastically cut my hair on stage and I swore that was it for me. I was horrified, although looking back at pictures, the color and cut suited me quite well. I also had terrible acne and was told by an agent that unless my skin cleared up I could never model. I had low self esteem and after these incidences I gave up.
I was married at the age of 21 and gave birth to my first child when I was 22. I was pregnant and nursing for the following decade and had 7 children. I was a stay at home mom for 14 years and never had the ambition to pursue a career outside of the home. Unfortunately, my marriage ended in divorce and I needed to discover my individual purpose in life and find what work I could do to care for my children. One day while listening to the radio, I heard about Wilhelmina Agency holding an over 30 years old nation wide casting call.
I was 34 years old at the time and thought “Maybe I’m not too old to start modeling. I think I should go.” I attended the casting and although I didn’t win, spoke to several people there that encouraged me to pursue modeling.
At a Fourth of July festival in my town when I was approached by a photographer that asked me if I had done modeling. I said I had not and he asked me to do a photo shoot. I said yes and after that shoot opened an account on Model Mayhem. Through Model Mayhem I began submitting for work and attending casting calls for extra work in tv & film, fashion shows and modeling. I started networking and building a portfolio through many photo shoots. This in turn brought more opportunities my way. I worked hard and tried not to turn down an opportunity that could be a door way to a better life for my kids and I.
It has not been a fairy tale but I am very thankful to have been able to meet so many wonderful people, travel, learn about business, life and the way the world works. I have not reached the height of my career and am looking with excitement towards my future in modeling, tv & film.
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