GRATITUDE

It's no secret that i'm a big fan of Jenny Shimizu. A little obvious why? You'd have to be blind or a first-time visitor here to not get the attraction. I'm not all teeny bopper fangirl-like with sentiments like oh I'd totally go lesbo for her. I'm more grateful for her and I guess maybe on some really deeply subconscious level she's influenced a little bit of who I've become? Growing up in suburbia and being one of the handful of asian people in my school, let alone county, I didn't really have anyone to admire that looked even remotely like me. I've always been a tomboy, what with my dad raising me to mow the lawn and be under the hood of the car with him and when I wasn't being a fledgling handyman I was shadowing my older brother's every move, being a skate rat. When you're asian, with a buzzed head, skating, and into cars (not rice rockets) growing up in a sea of Kelly Kapowskis, who do you look up to? Nicky Taylor? pfffft. That's why in the early 90s, having someone like Jenny Shimizu in modeling of all worlds, was pretty revolutionary. I didn't have to be leggy and blonde, or even try to be the closest asian version of that. I didn't really care to be pretty. It was ok to look like a boy and be into the stuff I was into, aaand even still be considered a beauty in your own quirky way.
"I have thirteen tattoos. Many are car-related. I have a spark plug [on my left forearm]. I got it on a trade. A guy broke down in Los Angeles on his way to a tattoo convention. I fixed his radiator, he gave me the tattoo." -Jenny Shimizu via StyleLikeU
"The greatest hobby, which makes me cry and scream inside helmets, is motorcycle riding...You are face-to-face with the moment you are in. To be alone and to be in a helmet and see the pavement two-inches from your feet going by so fast, it's such a thrill." -Jenny Shimizu via StyleLikeU
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Even for Pirelli, the most-high profile of the "sexy" calendars, not to mention one of the most highest-paying and coveted annual modeling gigs, she doesn't have to be blend in or fit into the conventionally vamped-up, goddess look. She can just be her rad self like this...
Pirelli Calendar 1997

Thanks Jenny.