Shannon McClellan’s Hong Kong adventure came to an end a few weeks ago, but she’s still somewhat under the spell of the Orient.
“There are so many people there, and it was very, very hot,” said the 15-year-old Prince George Secondary School student who has been modeling professionally for about three years. This was her second overseas trip, having traveled to Tokyo, Japan for an assignment last spring. “The shopping there was great – I got lots of jewelry.”
Shannon has been pursuing her modeling dream since she was 11 years old, represented by Carolyn Sadler and LaMode Talent and Modeling Agency here in Prince George.
During her six weeks in Hong Kong, Shannon and her mother, Barbara Harris, lived in one of the city’s many skyscrapers, with accommodations provided. Most of the time there was shooting work to be done, with Shannon modeling clothes for a catalogue as well as a television commercial for a cell phone company.
The pair stayed in Hong Kong, with Shannon working anywhere from four to eight or nine hours a day. Most Sundays were non-working days, she said, with even all the department stores closed. There was some travel involved once she arrived, including an overnight stay in mainland China. There were other English-speaking models also working on the same projects as Shannon, so she never felt completely alone or isolated.
“It was a really great experience for her, to have that kind of cultural experience and exposure,” said her mother, Barbara. Both mother and daughter said they were comforted and relieved when they realized the majority of people in Hong Kong speak English.
Shannon’s catalogue assignment had her modeling mostly casual clothes, she said, with the Chinese very much in love with blue denim. In fact, the first day she said she arrived at an assignment in classy black pants, but was asked to show up from there on out wearing blue jeans, something Shannon had absolutely no problem doing.
“I mostly modeled winter clothes, and casual wear,” she said. “I didn’t really model clothes that were that dressy, mostly just a lot of jeans.”
She worked with several photographers during her time in Hong Kong, and Shannon said they ran the gamut from friendly and helpful, to all business and very demanding. Once again, though, she says the experience was worth it, preparing her even better for her next assignment.
There are still many places Shannon would like to take her modeling career – Paris, Milan, New York City. And, Malaysia has also always fascinated this teenager, so that’s another location she’d like to visit for an assignment.
For the next few months, however, Shannon will concentrate on education, as well as the usual extracurricular activities that go with high school life. She says she’s looking forward most to participating in some sports.
“I’ll be trying out for the basketball team,” said the five-foot, nine-inch model. “And I might take up snow boarding this year.”