Next up in our Model of the Month Series is Shenelle LaPierre. Shenelle has modeled for us in two collections and is always a joy to work with! Shenelle chose her favorite photos from SmartGlamour collections to feature!
1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
When I’m not having fun modeling, I work full time as an entry writer for the Customs Brokerage department at C.H. Robinson International – a freight forwarding company. I know you’re wondering… What is an entry writer? Sort of an agent that reports data to US Customs for goods being imported into the U.S. by various importers domestic and foreign. We have a responsibility to make sure the information sent is true and compliant with customs regulations before the merchandise is released into the public. I’ve been in this industry for the past 10 years and I enjoy it. In addition, I am a NJ licensed bail bonds woman and a notary public. I try to stay busy and keep things fun and interesting. I love meeting new people, networking, traveling and trying new things.
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I came across an SG post on Instagram when I was looking for open model calls… This one was for the Fall 2014 look book and fashion show. I followed the instructions and weeks later we were shooting! I was nervous but excited that I was able to represent someone else’s brand that was all about self acceptance and body positivity. I had just broken into modeling so I felt this would be a great experience. I was still working on my angles and posing but all I had to do was be myself and have fun with it. I ended up enjoying the experience and have been a supporter ever since!
3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
SmartGlamour is not your average clothing line. It’s so much more than that.. It’s about equality for women of all shapes and sizes. Empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Whether we are on the runway, the race track or the board room we should love ourselves for who we are and not by society standards. On the other hand, the bold prints, patterns and colors are trendy, customizable to your size and fun! You don’t come across many designers that offer to customize the clothing to your body. Many just have standard sizes or will charge an arm and leg for customized clothing. I’m always looking forward to different styles and trends and SmartGlamour brings it.
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
Body positivity to me means accepting yourself for who you are. My motto is “Dare to be you!” Don’t be afraid to be yourself regardless of the situation your in. I think body positivity deals with our mental and physical traits. So it all starts with you! We should never change or conform to someone else’s standards to please others. It is then that we get lost in ourselves. I say be blunt, be honest with others and yourself, be beautiful on the inside and out, it’s your life, live it! Smile, laugh, be witty, creative, outspoken, fashionable, observant, smart and charismatic. People will love you for the person you are because your actions are genuine rather than fake. That makes all the difference! If your close friends and family know who you are, then the world should too!
5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?
Confidence is golden! It exudes through your body, your smile, walk and that fabulous garment or outfit your wearing. You are more than just a body – so show yourself off! I feel when you’re comfortable in your own skin you can do anything. Know what you’re capable of and go for it. Remember, when you’re on the runway or in front of a camera, it’s your time to shine! Take those moments to show everyone the real you! Be you, be beautiful and those photos will be unforgettable.
6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?
My advice to women who want to model is to go for it! Models come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Know what you want to do and do your research! Research! Research! It’s very important. Some won’t tell you everything you need to know in order to book those shows or get signed with a reputable agency. The more I wanted to model, the more I searched for requirements and what I needed to do to prepare myself. Nothing is more upsetting than showing up to that casting or photo shoot unprepared. I went to model seminars, classes for posing and runway, and got important tips from reputable people in the industry. After a couple of classes and “model talk” seminars I felt more prepared. I knew what to do and how to present myself in order to land that gig or casting call. Also surround yourself with positive supporters who will bring you up and be happy for you! At the end of the day, if modeling is what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. Live your life, love what you and smile for the camera!