FEARLESS IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR. IT’S NOT BEING COMPLETELY UNAFRAID. FEARLESS IS HAVING FEARS. FEARLESS IS HAVING DOUBTS. LOTS OF THEM. FEARLESS IS LIVING IN SPITE OF THOSE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU TO DEATH. FEARLESS IS FALLING MADLY IN LOVE AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH YOU’VE BEEN HURT BEFORE. - TAYLOR SWIFT -
“I am naturally a shy person and it takes a while for me to open up so modeling for me, especially this type of modelling [underwear/swimwear physique], is an outlet to be open and a way to express myself. All of my experiences in this industry have been great. I've met some amazing people along the way and wouldn't change a thing.” - Shawn Aleander -
Shaw Alexander started modelling about 2 years ago when he was living in New York City. In fact, during his earlier high school years, he never gave modelling a thought. At that time he mostly spent his time on sports and hanging out with friends. It wasn’t before work made him change his home city Buffalo for the Big Apple where he started to take the gym more serious and started some physical results, that he became interested. He first reached out to photographer Kevin D. Hoover, which turned out a brave but smart thing to do. Kevin’s work is incredible but definitely pushes the boundaries. For a first timer who is shy by nature, maybe not the most obvious choice. But the results were nevertheless exemplary. Joe Flowers, from Joe Flowers Talent Management happened to see them, which landed Shawn a few jobs in New York just before he moved to California.
Currently 27 years old Shaw Alexander lives in San Diego and is unrepresented as a model. But that doesn’t hold him back. Soon after arriving in California he contacted nobody less than Justin Monroe and booked a job with him for a product shot. A shoot that would change things for both Shawn and Justin dramatically. Justin has welcomed many beautiful men in front of his camera over the years but when he saw Shawn for the firs time he simply knew a whole new level of male model just walked into his studio. Justin: “When I met Shawn Alexander I was so taken by his quiet beauty I said on day I’m going to make him a Black Swan [Dark Forest]. He is my muse currently. His body and beauty and personality is breath taking.”
The first shoot went amazing and Shawn Alexander experienced working with Justin Monroe as effortless. “As erotic as a lot of his work is he's extremely professional,” Shawn says. “Justin approached me to do this shoot on the premise that he needed some images for a story BeautifulMag was doing about him. I didn't ask too many questions. I knew whatever he had planned would be wild. Of course, when I showed up that day I had no idea what to expect let alone that I would be shooting nude covered in feathers wearing a huge head dress for his "Black Swan" story. It is amazing to see his vision come to life through his images. The theme with Justin is you never know what to expect. Going from shooting nude in a shower covered in PAM cooking spray to jock to black swan, you learn to just go with the flow and trust his vision and that the final result will be an amazing image that each tell a different story.” Now that is an attitude hardly seen by any relatively new model. That is the kind of fearlessness one needs standing in front of Justin Monroe’s camera. And that is exactly the kind of attitude Justin loves to work with. Or, as Justin puts it himself: “I love to dream. I love imagination. I love fearlessness! For me this is what Shawn Alexander represents: a quiet air of fearlessness.” –BM-
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