Model Q&A: L Shima

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Model: L Shima

Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?

I am originally from Austin, TX. I currently live in Detroit, MI. Yes, I always travel for shoots!

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

It was mainly my curiosity that inspired me. I wanted to know what it took to become a model.

Model: L Shima

How and when did you start modeling?

Ha! I started modeling as soon as I graduated High School (2010). Creating a Model Mayhem account was how it all started!

What type of modeling do you enjoy most?

Fashion and experimental shoots. Since I started heavy shooting glamour/nudes, fashion gives me the chance to explore creating interesting shapes with clothing, as well as finding unique items that would photograph well. Experimental shoots are always fun since they strive to be different than your normal, “Shoot a model on a backdrop or on location scene.”

Model: L Shima

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

The biggest thing I look for is their attempt to challenge themselves and that they are constantly learning, and not sticking to one thing.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

I always admire models Adrianne Ho and Echo Nittolitto. I also might sound cheesy but the artist that inspires me the most in my boyfriend, Francis Vallejo!

Model: L Shima

What would be your dream shoot?

Travel to a location completely different than my area, have an entire team (photographer, MUA, hairstylist, wardrobe stylist, etc.), and shoot while enjoying each other’s company. I am all about the location and engaging conversations more during a shoot than the end product.

How important is social media in your success?

Social media is important, but I am currently on a 6 months hiatus from social media. It can become toxic, especially when you find yourself logging into an account not realizing it. But I will say social media has helped me find my amazing supporters.

Model: L Shima

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

Hang out with my boyfriend and our Weimaraner, Akira. Go thrift shopping, eat pizza, and travel!

What’s the best career advice you can give to new models?

I have so many, but the biggest one I feel would’ve been great to know when I started is, you are never going to fail because you are always learning something to help your future.

Model: L Shima

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