Name: Shanza Marie

Age: 27

Location: San Francisco, CA



Instagram: @shanza_marie

Photographer: Alex Wolf

Photographer IG: @alexwolfphoto

1. What inspired you to get into this industry?

I wanted the world to see me, the way I saw myself at my full potential

2. How long have you been modeling?

Since I was about 18 years old!

3. Who is your favorite model?

Adriana Lima is goals

4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?

Always. Everyone who has ever been to a shoot with me says I change instantly as soon as that camera is on me, like I become myself. Ever since I was a little girl lol There is a picture of me at 4 years old, leaning up against a chair, holding my dress up, glaring at the camera, posing like a model lol

5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?

All photographers, models, make up artists, stylists etc that I have ever worked with have all helped mold and guide me into the artist I am today. The images out there are always a team effort. a collaboration of those who have, or are working on mastering their craft. I am very blessed and grateful for all the opportunities I have been given to work with such amazing people that have helped teach me along the way! I look forward to learning so much more!

6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?

Don't chase the money. Chase the dream.

7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?

EVERY photoshoot I have a wtf moment. I have even dedicated an entire instagram to my silly moments that have been caught on camera! @shanza.bonanza

8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?

Through modeling I have discovered that it is the best way to motivate and inspire people. You never know who is watching, and you never know what people take away from the art that you put out into the world. Sharing your dreams, story, and art hits home to some people, and there's a chance they may never tell you that. But that doesn't mean you're not helping them chase their dreams. Just because they don't comment, like, or follow - doesn't mean they're not watching.

9. Tell us something random about yourself.

I currently have seventeen piercings! Guess where! lol

10. What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my drive to succeed in life. I work very hard to get what I want in life.

11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?

Fearless, strong, honest, and unapologetically myself.