SHANICE HAWKINS

Ah, confidence. This is a great one. When it comes to modelling, I always describe myself as a really confident self-conscious person - meaning, when I'm in front of the camera I feel my best. I feel strong, sexy and empowered, but then as soon as the photographer shows me the raw images I just say, 'Nope, I hate them. we need to change this, and we need to change that..." It's a horrible habit because in the end, the images always turn out amazing! 

When I start to lack confidence, I like to take time out to myself and meditate, which really keeps me grounded. I also love listening to motivational podcasts in the morning before I start my day, and before shoots. They just give me a bit of a boost. I've also found that the less you compare yourself to other models, the less pressure you put on yourself. Just be you, the rest will come naturally.

 

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In the beginning, I definitely wasn't comfortable in my own skin. In the modelling industry, there is always someone who is thinner than you, maybe even prettier than you; someone who knows how to pose better than you, so that was always something that held me back at the start. It wasn't until I underwent breast augmentation surgery when I was nineteen that I felt truly comfortable within myself. It wasn't the fact that I now had big boobs to show off, but they just made me feel more sexy as a woman.

In front of the camera, I used to be so shy, and I would only know one or two poses/facial expressions. But the more time you spend in front of the camera and work with a variety of photographers, it gets easier and becomes second nature.

 

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The most memorable thing I wore or didn't wear - to put it in better terms (laughing) - was when I did a shoot for Lachlan Please. We did some casual nudity, which is something I've never really done before! So you're fully naked but just kind of pose with your legs in a way that you don't see your bits (laughing). 

I am most comfortable in bodysuits, and full piece swimsuits. They are just my go to - they're simple, comfy, and easy to work with, and I feel you can wear them at any shoot location and they would just work!  

 

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Shooting in public was something I struggled with in the beginning. I used to be so shy just around the photographers, let alone people out in public! Because most of my work is predominately bikini/swimwear, nine times out of ten we will attract a crowd (laughing). Sometimes shooting in public places makes it hard to get the shots we need. Like I mentioned before, my shoot for Lachlan Please, we needed to get some nude shots but it was a little hard because we had to wait until the beach cleared. 

 

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The night before shoots I basically just tan, whiten my teeth, and prep my hair. Nothing too strenuous. Sometimes I might look over similar shoots and get some ideas of poses that I may not have thought of doing myself.  

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Working with new creatives - photographers/MUAs/other models. It can be challenging working with new people for the first time, especially shooting with other models. In past experiences, sometimes it feels like you're competing with the other model, and the vibe isn't that great and it just puts you off, or on the positive side, you can really feed off each others' energy. I'm grateful for these experiences because it makes you learn for next time and you can either improve on yourself or just have a better understanding on how to deal with difficult shoots in the future.

 

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Yes, I definitely am optimistic about the future! Well, my future anyway. I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction. If you want to make something of your life, you need to keep putting it out to the universe, and work super hard to get to where you need to be. I'm not just talking about a materialistic life. You need to have harmony within yourself, within your mind. Stay educated! As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love reading. Knowledge is such a powerful thing. I try to learn something new everyday. I don't think life is about what you have in front of you, but what you have inside your mind. 

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Not taking care our planet and of each other. 

 












01 // Emma Attard // wolfs__spirit
02 // Emma Attard // wolfs__spirit
03 // Julian Lallo // julianlallo
04 // Emma Attard // wolfs__spirit
05 // Julian Lallo // julianlallo
06 // Lachlan Please // lachlanplease
07 // Emma Attard // wolfs__spirit
08 // Joel Chamaa // snapshotbam
09 // Julian Lallo // julianlallo
10 // Emma Attard // wolfs__spirit
11 // Joel Chamaa // snapshotbam
12 // Joel Chamaa // snapshotbam

 

Shanice Hawkins // shan_hawkins

 

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