Model Shadia Elise Ghantous: ‘Dreamcatcher’ by Chris Vongsawat
A lot of people think feminism means covering up and women taking on more masculine roles. But to me real feminism is feeling comfortable in own body/temple and not hiding or feeling shame of the skin. It’s owning your own self. I’m 10 times more comfortable nude than clothed. It’s how we were created and born. It’s all on how you carry yourself. Try it! – Shadia
model Shadia (Elise) Ghantous: ‘Wonderful Regrets’ by Tony Ellis
26-year old (b:1987) model-actress Shadia Elise Ghantous  is a naturist at heart, comfortably naked in her abode and hoping one day she can walk (Shadia shouldn’t drive 😉 ) fully nude on the streets of NYC without fear of harassment. With photographer and multi-talented philosopher Tony Ellis in town, it was a meeting of two minds alike resulting in a fruitful collaboration. Arab-All-American princess Shadia sexy wriggles in the bed. Tony with cam in his hands and a bulge in his pants.
A woman of style, attitude, and determination… Shadia Ghantous has an aura in front of the camera that is the dream of any photographer. Her versatile characters and love of photography is well seen in her work and also exceptionally matched by her bold, earhly beauty that can leave one staring for days. The aspiring model and actress is talented in many ways and tells her life story in her own words:
“I am Professional Cosmetologist, Actor, and Model, born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. I started off doing Theatre in Peoria at age 5, and majored in Theatre/ Fine Arts in college. I have had the honor of working as a figure model since age 18 for art classes in the community, as well as college Arts Department. Alongside my primary passion of stage acting, I have also done 2 indie films, both filmed in Peoria: College Debts, and a lead role in the recently wrapped production Closed Frame. This past winter, I traveled to New York for modeling, and had the blessing of collaborating with some amazing photographers, some of which have become dear friends/ mentors. I recently returned from a modeling trip to LA,where I had the honor of collaborating with artists that I have always admired. I am currently living in Chicago, and signed with Modelogic Midwest Agency.
Within one year of moving to Chicago, I have learned so much from this craft, and I am drawn to the constant growth and improvement of this art form. As an Artist, I like to have full palette of art mediums that I express myself through, whether it be drawing, modeling, or acting. I keep my creative cravings fulfilled by constantly doing modeling projects with photographers/ artists from all areas. Modeling results from a natural born love of acting and bringing a story to life. I feel that to be a great model, one must be a talented actor as well. It all has to come together to bring a character to life, and convey a story to the audience. I consider it a very high honor and blessing to not only express myself creatively but also to be a vessel for other artists and help bring their visions to life. I strongly believe that as long as you are not hurting yourself, or anyone else in the process, pursue what you love. Most of all, love if for the right reasons, and with good intention. If you honor your mind, and treat your body as the temple that it is, then only good can come from the journey.”
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