As a central value to Nora Swimwear, the blog will be used weekly to feature and celebrate women who are doing something they are proud of.
This week is California model Shannon Barker, who influences her followers through her passion for healthy living and killer style.
Tell us about yourself
I am 21 years old and born and raised in California! I am a full-time model and I'm pretty much obsessed with everything health and wellness.
When did you decide you wanted to model? What is your favourite thing about it?
As far back as I can remember I was interested in modelling. I grew up watching Americas Next Top Model and Project Runway and I think those two TV shows definitely sparked my interest. I began modelling when I was 17 years old and my favourite thing about it is the amazing places I get to travel to and explore that I probably wouldn't otherwise. In the last 6 months I've gone to Hawaii, Mexico and Miami for jobs, I feel so blessed and grateful for the experiences I've had and the people I've met!
As a model, why do you think its important to have a strong social media presence?
I think it's super important because when brands and companies are looking to book someone, a lot of the time they will look at your social media to see if you're the right fit. A good amount of my jobs have found me through social media. That's the way the industry works now, especially in LA. I love using my platform to share little inspirational tidbits. I became so interested in health and fitness through girls that I followed and I hope that I can be that person for girls out there!
Image: Murray Ash
What are you most passionate about?
There are a lot of things that I am passionate about but right now I am really interested in health and nutrition. Everyday I want to learn more about different foods and trying new recipes! I think its so incredible how eating whole foods can make you feel great from the inside out!
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Hmmm... Maybe that my sister Cait and I have a pretty big age gap, everyone thinks that we are either twins or super close in age but we're actually almost five years apart!
You often share your healthy eating habits, what drives you to eat so healthy? and what is your fave treat?
I love eating healthy because it makes me feel so good from the inside out, I know that sounds cliche but it really is true. I have loved baking and experimenting with recipes since I was pretty young. Since it's summer smoothies and smoothie bowls are part of my daily routine. My favourite summer treat is frozen fruit! Frozen blueberries, frozen dark chocolate covered bananas, frozen grapes...YUMMMM. I could eat a whole bag of them.
What was it like at such a young age to be featured on Teen Vogue and have almost 100k subscribers on Youtube?
It was pretty unreal feeling! At the time I don't think I realized how big of a deal it was.
How did your Youtube channel lead you to where you are today?
I definitely owe a lot of where I am today to my Youtube channel. Youtube was an amazing platform to get started on, the followers, the people I met in the community, and the opportunities it lead to have all played a part in where I am today and I am beyond grateful for that!!
What is something exciting you have coming up?
My website full of recipes, travel posts and health, fitness & beauty tips and tricks will be launching very very soon!
What is your favourite thing about Nora Swimwear?
I love how well Nora Swimwear fits! You don't have to worry about your bikini top flying off when you jump in the water! Also the prints and colours are on point!
What is your favourite thing to pair with your Nora Swimwear bikini?
I just recently got back from Miami and while I was there I paired my Tallulah bikini top with a floral print skort. It was the perfect outfit for how hot and humid it was there!