I had the opportunity to photograph and interview 22 year old Shayna Ding on Mother’s Day. As we sipped Matcha Lattes my head started spinning as she told me about herself. In April/May she’s:
As the conversation continued, she said, “Competitions are a time me to relax.” I was perplexed because it seemed counter-intuitive. She explained school and work are intense and analytic. Dance competitions and pageants are a chance to dance, dress-up and tap into her creative side.
She also explained, “I’m super competitive!” She’s soft-spoken, kind and makes friends easily with other contestants but her competitiveness is directed inwards on self-improvement. She uses the public spotlight to refine her dance steps, poise, presentation and communication skills.
As our interview came to a close I learned her name means beautiful in Hebrew. She enjoys 5 – 10k runs, loves superhot spicy food and plans to enter the Miss Earth and Miss Universe pageants.
Click Shayna’s long hair to view her “before” photo shoot.
Several of these images were featured in the Community section of the Asian Pacific Post newspaper.
Dress: Local Designer, click Evan Clayton
Heels: Steve Madden