Hometown: Austin, TX
My name is L.Shima (but you can just call me Shima).I do nothing but laugh and smile. The world is a joyous place and I enjoy living in it. KEEP IT POSITIVE. big_smile.
I love the camera backwards and forwards. Modeling allows me to collaborate with other artists in capturing the essence of beauty, fashion, movement, affection, and creativity. The human body is a perfect muse to inspire the mind and challenge the audience. Pictures have the ability and strength to change the world.
Editor Note: LShima is truly the real deal. Not only is she amazing in front of a camera, but she also is very grounded and professional.
Interview with LShima
Where are you from?
“Born and raised in Austin, Texas!”
What is your ethnic background?
“I am African American, Irish, German, and Japanese”
What are your measurements?
What do you think is your best physical attribute?
“My lips :)”
What are some of your current projects?
“I am currently on the road hustling as a traveling model, but will be back in Austin soon. I have a monograph art book with a wonderful photographer Mike Reed being layed out as we speak, as well as my official website being built, and the content and merchandise for my store being produced. And, of course, my regular day-to-day modeling :)”
What are some of your goals you want to accomplish?
“Goals with modeling: I strive to continually work on more creative projects with as many awesomely talented photography teams that will have me. I really just want to keep improving my pictures.”
“Goals in everyday life: I want to become as intelligent and level headed as possible. That takes work, and I keep my heads in the books. I also want to travel and see the world as much as possible.”
How would you best describe your personality?
“I am one crazy female…. just kidding, that’s what a model is supposed to say right… ha. I am shy and reserved around certain people, but can act goofy and extroverted around the right crowd. One minute I can’t stop talking, but the next I am in my own world thinking of all sorts of things.”
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
“Some smooth R&B and a bowl of green tea ice cream. Delicious!”
For any aspiring models, what is it like working for Playboy TV?
“It was beyond fun! At first, I was expecting the Playboy logo all over the place. But instead it was fairly low key and relaxed compared to the vision I had for it. I did have make-up, hair, and wardrobe and it was top level as well as a whole team standing by. It was the ultimate dress up day! It felt like a big production in a very relaxed but still very professional setting.”
What was your most memorable shoot that you have done?
“The one shoot I will always remember is the first time I shot nude outside in the middle of downtown Austin. It was a super long walk that required me in only my poncho and flats while I was completely nude underneath. It was such an unforgettable experience, that I will never forget!”
What type of music do you like to listen to?
“I can listed to almost anything, but my top genres are R&B, hip-hop, alternative rock, and dance music.”
What is the one thing that a person can get or do for you that you find extremely flattering?
“All they would have to do is throw a blanket on the couch and put a great movie on and call it a night with extreme cuddling. Oh boy!”
What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
“I always get a colorful response when I tell people I’m a model. I’m a super normal gal. I just was able to be around the right people that encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I have a distinctive look so I went for it and haven’t looked back. I hope to encourage girls to really follow their dreams!”
What are some of your turns-ons and turn-offs.
Turn-ons: A confident, intelligent, and witty guy.
Turn-offs: An ignorant, overly cocky man who is obnoxious and rude.
Where else can we see your other than on the web?
Any words for your fans?
“I love ya’ll soo much 🙂 Be on the look out for new stuff!! 2012 has been great and isn’t over yet. But 2013 is going to be huge!”
Interview conducted 2012