domingo, 20 de dezembro de 2009

2002 Maio Christi Shake


Shake, Rattle, Roll

miss may is out to make some noise
It didn't take long for Miss May Christi Shake, who rolled into Los Angeles a year ago, to tell us what she misses most about her hometown, Baltimore. "Everyone is really close and watches out for one another," she says. "In a big city like LA, you don't know whether anyone's real or not. I'm used to being up-front and telling people how it is." The 21-year-old is also accustomed to hell-raiser-friendly club hours back East. "Everything here closes at two a.m.," she says. "I'm kind of glad it does, though, because then I don't stay out too late. I also miss the crisp autumn air, the falling leaves and the smell of chimney smoke -- but not the snow."
Christi is thankful that her mother encouraged her to start modeling at the age of 13. "If I ever got lazy, she would say, 'Come on, you have to do this!' She still calls me every day to make sure I do everything I have to. That's what I love about my mom -- she'll never let me slack off." After two years of modeling school and fashion shows, Christi worked for American Dream Girl, Merry-Go-Round and Hawaiian Tropic. Now she wants to design threads, not model them. "I'm coming out with a clothing line on my website,," she says. "My mom is helping me with everything, and I'm starting with a catalog of pretty, funky attire." Christi has a head for business and even studied it in college, but now she wants to try acting school. "I think it's time to go in a new direction," she says. "I want to be a serious actress. I like looking at my modeling pictures and seeing work I've done, but to see yourself on a TV show or in a movie has to be incredible."
Miss May says it is important that she feel a spiritual connection with the lucky guy she's dating. "It's all about a man's eyes," she says. "You can tell if it's something real within the first five minutes. One time I was shopping and I picked up a teddy bear for my boyfriend because he was out of town. When I returned home, there were flowers from him on my doorstep. That told me we were thinking of each other at the same time, so I feel like he's connected to me." What about other dating deal makers? "I like a nice smile," she says. "If a guy's teeth are mangled, how can you kiss him? Also, I have always hung out with people who are at least five years older than I am. I like learning from people's life experiences, and guys my age just don't have the right mentality. I want to be in love -- marriage, kids, all of that. I'm in love with being in love."
Photography by Arny Freytag

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