We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawnii J Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shawnii J, what do you want your legacy to be?
I would like my legacy to be that I am America’s top Curvy darker complexioned model that never sexualized herself to the point where it was trashy but I always carried myself with the upmost respect and I always taught other models to do so as well I want to be able to have people remember me as the person that went out there and got it no matter what no matter the circumstances no matter what was going on in their life I still executed shoots I still did creative styling directing I still DJ I still did everything that I said I was going to do and I’m self-made and I did everything on my own and you can do it too! Anything you put your mind to your heart and soul to put in the work you can do it no matter what anyone says

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is very diverse I am I have in my portfolio all types of looks from jeans to lingerie to implied nude everything you can think of just so when I present myself as a model I am able to do everything I’m showing this person that wants to book me that I can do anything you asked me to do. What sets me apart from other models is I am dark skin first of all I am curvy and I am not using my goods to get to where I need to be some models are chosen because of how they look or how the photographer feels about them and I am not one of those models that just get chosen like that I don’t mind paying for shoots but I’ve also seen models that don’t have to pay for shoots and it’s a little bit of favoritism in the industry that doesn’t stop me from working or going after my dreams and I feel like that’s what that sets me apart from others like I see no competition I am my only competition all I see is myself and bettering myself. Hard work and dedication is how I got to where I am now I’m still not where I want to be but I’ve gotten farther than what I was years ago,It wasn’t easy coming into this industry and it still isn’t really easy like I said I run into favoritism a lot so it’s like I have to work 10 times harder than the next model that really doesn’t have any work and it’s frustrating at times but like I always say what’s for me will be for me and that’s the God-given truth. The lessons I’ve learned along the way is this is a cruel world and you cannot trust everyone there is many and plenty of snakes in the grass all you can do is be a good person remain humble and just know that you know your hard work and dedication is going to get you where you need to be at the end of the day don’t worry about anybody else’s. I would like the world to know that I am an independent model that I will not give up no matter what is thrown at me like I’m going to become America’s next top curvy model even if I’m not the next top curvy model I’m going to be known in the industry in general as a DJ as a creative styling and directing coach as whatever I decide to touch turns to gold is what I feel like I’m very creative and I’m very talented all the way around and I feel like even if I don’t make it in the modeling industry not saying that I won’t but I have other avenues that I can take to make sure that I do get in the industry no matter what And if anyone ever needs a published professional model that knows what she’s doing my email is spelled shawnii.johnson17@Gmail.com and also my Instagram is shawnii_J_space please contact me for booking. I specialize in photo shoots music videos hosting parties guest appearances and even creative directing and DJ as well.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh I’m not sure because I’m not too fond of Colorado so I’m not sure where they really have fun and stuff out here I’m originally from New Orleans so if my best friend came to New Orleans I’ll be able to show her everywhere where to get the best seafood the best sweets the best daiquiris the best everything

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Not to sound cocky but I do not believe I owe anyone a shout out at this point I pretty much made a name for myself in this industry I take some of that back LOL I honestly can say Desiree Martinez helped me out a lot with my posing and how to look at the camera and practice facial expressions and from there I just started doing my own thing and managing myself after she moved so shout out to her and shout out to myself for still continuing to do this managing myself without any help from anyone else. Shout out to the photographers that have took the time to work with me and produce great photos with me I enjoyed working with them and they help me get where I am today with some of my photos.

Website: Therealshawniij.onuniverse.com
Instagram: Shawnii_j_
Twitter: TheRealShawnijJ

Image Credits
Matt archer Brandon Green Shotzbynae CharlieB Daniel Vaughn Cristinaivyphotography

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