by Kelsey Shardell Monique Bowman
(Buckhannon, WV USA)
I started modeling at a young age and as a teenager I started competing in beauty and scholarship pageants. I did very well for several years, though as I got older my body started to change and I began to do less well in pageants due to my emerging voluptuous curves. I started dieting and exercising to the extreme which helped me maintain a small size, but I still looked very large compared to the other girls onstage. I started to sink into a deep depression, fearing that I couldn't continue pageants and even more sadly, I couldn't pursue a modeling career like I've always wanted. That's when I discovered Pin Up and the more I found out about it, the more in love I became! Suddenly my curves weren't something to be ashamed of. Finally my body was normal, and not only accepted, but praised! Pin Up saved me from myself. Though I'm new to the Pin Up lifestyle, I love everything about it. As a beginning Pin Up model and photographer, I couldn't be happier!