Originally, Shaylene Pase wasn’t interested in modeling (she was doing hair and makeup professionally), but as fate would have it, she ended up modeling (she still does hair and makeup though), and has hit the ground running ever since. What makes Shaylene unique (and likable) is her humbleness and her mindset. Modeling has come naturally for Shaylene, and although she’s relatively new to modeling, Shaylene has made waves in the industry. She’s looking to expand upon her talent and eagerness to accomplish her wildest dreams.
What got you interested in modeling?
Shaylene Pase: I have been doing hair and makeup professionally much longer than modeling. To be honest, being on set never made me want to model, even though I got offered the opportunity many times. It wasn’t until I was in my first year of being self-employed that someone offered me money to model their clothing line. I’ll admit, I was a starving artist, so any way to make money without selling my soul sounded like a good idea. I had no idea modeling would turn into a career for me. I was just trying to make some cash.
Did you know what type of model and modeling that you wanted to do when you started, or did you figure that out as you went along?
Shaylene Pase: Definitely figured it out as I went along, and I’m still figuring it out. There’s so many different paths in this industry, and you don’t really figure out what those are until you’re in it.
We see models on social media, magazines, online, etc. But, what does it take to become a model from wanting to do it to actually becoming one?
Shaylene Pase: You have to hustle and network. And just really put yourself out there for the world to see. Anyone can be a model if they find their market and try hard enough.
Have there been any challenging or difficult times during your modeling career?
Shaylene Pase: Of course. Is any career flawless? Getting through this pandemic as a travel model is definitely one of the most challenging and difficult situations.
What do you like about the modeling industry, and what do you think the industry can improve upon?
Shaylene Pase: Modeling has given me opportunities and taken me places I may have never seen if I couldn’t travel and make money. I have met so many beautiful, talented people that constantly inspire and motivate me to keep working hard towards my goals. Not only did modeling bring me and my amazing boyfriend together, two of my closest friendships have developed through modeling.
I could honestly probably name a ton of things to improve but I’ll just state the biggest one for me. Publications need to pay their models. A lot of these magazines either want you to work for free for “exposure” or want you to pay to have your images published. They then sell the magazines and make money off all the work you and the photographer did for free. Now how does that seem fair?
What do you have your eye on to accomplish in the next few years?
Shaylene Pase: Ooooh, I’m not really one to share my ideas or goals before they happen. You’ll just have to watch my journey and see!
When you’re not modeling, what do you like to do?
Shaylene Pase: I love to adventure and try new things. I wouldn’t say I’m fearless but pretty damn close. From jumping out of a plane to swimming with sharks, I’m there for it.
My daily life isn’t as exciting as that though It consists of the gym, work, and cooking dank food.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)
Shaylene Pase: Boobs and tattoos. I know I couldn’t sound more conceited with that answer, but I truly believe that once you invest in yourself and your image, you can take on the world and focus on bigger things.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Shaylene Pase: Believing in myself enough to invest in myself and my careers. Self-employment has to be the most stressful yet rewarding life decision I’ve made. I would be lying if I said I never thought about giving up, but boy am I glad I never did.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
Shaylene Pase: Smoke some cannabis, chill by the pool, and just relax. I’m always running at a million miles an hour, which can be overwhelming. I have to remind myself to slow down and take breaks and focus on one thing at a time.
What’s been the best experience that you’ve had while modeling?
Shaylene Pase: Traveling with my SOS squad. Not only do we create beautiful images together, we see beautiful places and share memories I never want to lose.
Do you look up to anyone or inspired by anything?
Shaylene Pase: Scarlet Begonias and Ophelia Bloom inspire me every day. They are two of the most beautiful souls, inside and out. Not only does their incredible work inspire me, but their hustle and drive does as well.
Do you regret anything or would you do anything different in your modeling career?
Shaylene Pase: The only thing I regret is not starting my career sooner. I’m only 2.5 years in, and I’ve made it this far with no slowing down in site. I wonder where I’d be if I didn’t wait till 24 to step in front of the camera.
If you could get a message out to millions of people, what would you say?
Shaylene Pase: Models are not sex toys. Just because some of us feel confident in bikinis, lingerie, or nude, does not mean we are “asking for it.”
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Shaylene Pase: I have a lot of projects in the works and many ideas to bring to life. But like I stated earlier, I’m not much of a sharer, more of a doer. One thing I will say is that my future is looking damn bright.
Keep up with Shaylene: