Cybergirl Shaun Tia is a model, photographer and chef whose passion for life shines through in her photos. As soon as we saw this captivating red-haired beauty we had to know more about her. We sat down with Shaun to talk about her modeling career, what drives her wild and a few of her favorite things...
Playboy.com: How did you get started posing for Playboy.com?
Shaun: Earlier this year I was connected with Holly Randall through Model Mayhem and I traveled out to Los Angeles to shoot a few sets with her for Playboy.com. We ended up shooting in this beautiful but quirky loft with a trailer and Astroturf on the roof. It was a comical setup, which made the shoot even more fun!
Playboy.com: What unique things do you bring to Playboy.com?
Shaun: Playboy.com now has a young, freckled, all-natural redhead with no tattoos, piercings or modifications and a perfectly manicured landing strip to prove it.
Playboy.com: Which physical feature do you most often get complimented on?
Shaun: Undeniably my red hair. It stands out a bit.
Playboy.com: You're a stunning redhead. Have you always embraced being a ginger?
Shaun: Yes, I have always embraced being a redhead. I have never had a reason not to! Yes, we get bullied, but so does everyone else for one reason or another. From my freckles to my invisible-without-makeup eyelashes and eyebrows, I truly love my gingerness and wouldn't change it for anything.
Playboy.com: Do you have a favorite behind-the-scenes story from a photo shoot?
Shaun: A few years ago I was doing a shoot at the site of an underground lake with one of my good friends, Jesse Paulk. We drove hours to get to a place in the mountains where we had to hike to a small cave opening. We were hiking with a large Vagabond portable battery, multiple studio lights and stands, modifiers and of course the camera. To get to the inner cave we had to crawl on our stomachs through a small tunnel and slowly pick our way down to a lower level, walk sideways against a slick, muddy rock wall and traverse heart-stopping drops. On our way to the lake, we passed a group of teenagers smoking things they shouldn't be and we got them to help us tote our stuff in exchange for letting them stay for the shoot. And thank goodness, because it was a good jaunt to get there and back out. By the end of it, all of us, and the equipment, were covered in thick, gooey mud. Adventures!
Playboy.com: What a crazy story! And a cool experience. So apart from modeling, what are you focusing on these days?
Shaun: In addition to modeling I am also a photographer, designer and soon-to-be videographer. I plan to learn most facets of this industry and to make a living teaching. I am also starting a private cooking lesson business.
Playboy.com: You sound busy! Which medium is your favorite to work in?
Shaun: There is truly no way I could choose a favorite medium to create art with. I am constantly finding new ones as well, such as makeup, video and design. I will always strive to create new beautiful pieces in all different media.
Playboy.com: What's your idea of the perfect date?
Shaun: Sushi, then cuddle and watch football, rooting for the fantasy team! [laughs]
Playboy.com: When do you feel sexiest?
Shaun: When I get a new outfit to wear for my boyfriend and I see the reaction the first time he sees it.
Playboy.com: How do we win your heart?
Shaun: With a new D800 and 50 mm lens so I can make sexy videos of incredible models!
Playboy.com: If you could go on a date with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Shaun: Jennifer Lawrence!
Playboy.com: What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
Shaun: I have never done drugs and don't plan to! I'm a goody-goody. [laughs]