A former Marine turned model has revealed men have offered to pay her for ‘private photos’ and have even proposed to her after seeing her sultry snaps—but her policy is to ignore such inquiries.
Shannon Ihrke, 29, from Minnesota, went viral when her bikini and modelling pictures started trending online.
The gorgeous blonde joined the military-aged 19 and served on active duty for four years but has since formed a career as a full-time model.
She now has 73,000 followers on Instagram and shares with them pictures from her bikini and lingerie shoots as well as candid photos of her life at home.
Her newfound online fame means Shannon sometimes receives attention in unexpected ways.
‘You get those guys who will offer you money for their own “private photos” or marriage proposals, but I just ignore them and sometimes just laugh them off’.
‘I model because it’s something I love to do, it’s not to get money or marriage proposals from men. I’ve even had people I’ve never met say they want to fly me places. That’s never going to happen, I’ve seen the movie Taken before.
‘I simply enjoy exploring my modelling range and working with some incredibly talented artists and trying to help others along the way. ‘
The former Marine has in the past detailed how she had to prove herself after joining the forces because some people thought she wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rigorous regimen.
Now, she wants to show others that they shouldn’t let outside opinions define them. Her greatest pleasure is receiving messages from people who deem her an inspiration.
‘I want to show girls that they can do and be whoever they want to be if they work at it hard enough,’
The model, who worked as an administrative specialist in the forces, sizzled in a new photo shoot, which shows her posing in a variety of outfits, including a burgundy bodysuit with a plunging neckline, and a black lace lingerie ensemble.
She relishes the process of getting ready for a photo session, and to showcase the more sensual aspect of her persona.
‘I love getting my hair and make-up done! What don’t girls want to be pampered once in a while? Doing shoots like these give me an opportunity to let another side of me come out.’
‘Being able to explore that sexy side of me is fun to do once in a while, and I think every woman deserves to have an opportunity to get all done up and treated like a queen.
‘When the shoots are done by professionals and there’s a great team of creative energy, it allows you to comfortably enjoy bringing out that inner sultry side.‘
Shannon previously deemed joining the Marine Corps the best decision of her life and said it made her smarter, faster, and stronger.
‘I pushed my body harder than I could have ever imagined and I learned to remain calm and collected in the midst of chaos. I became part of something that was bigger than myself and I loved it,’
The former Marine further detailed what motivated her to join the forces, adding: ‘Some Marines fight for our politicians, but most, do not.
We fight for our families, our friends, and most of all—for our brothers and sisters to the left and right of us in uniform.
We join for the people that fought before us, the people that will fight for us, and even the ignorant people that don’t know how to be quiet when our National Anthem plays.’
Shannon added that she believes the Marines are ‘the president’s own‘ and said:
‘That’s something that no one can ever take away from us.’
After joining the forces, Shannon became a Sergeant, travelled, and thanks to the G.I. Bill, which provides educational help to veterans, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Elmhurst College.
‘I owe the Marine Corps my life, hands down, It gave me a reason to wake up, push myself, set goals, and to push myself even harder when things got tough.
‘Had I not had other dreams I still wanted to accomplish in my life I would have re-enlisted without hesitation… And although I am no longer on active duty, I will always bleed green.’
Shannon also explained how as a female Marine, she had to ‘work twice as hard’ in order for men to treat her like their equal.
She further added:
‘A lot of the Marines initially thought that I might not be able to keep up physically, or that I somehow wasn’t “as strong” as them so I made it my mission to prove them wrong,’
She detailed how she established her reputation, adding: ‘I came in guns blazing in order to show that I wasn’t someone that could be pushed around, brushed off, or not taken seriously. It was hard but it was also completely necessary.’
The hard work paid off, and Shannon said the camaraderie between her fellow marines was one of the greatest rewards.
‘You gain a new family when you become a Marine. You live together, eat together, workout together, hang out in your spare time together, fight with each other, and yet you’ll still do anything for each other, whether you like each other or not,’
Shannon said she ending up feeling ‘like one of the guys’.
‘I did my best to blend in with the Marines around me, I didn’t want to stand out just because I was a female,’ she added. ‘I wanted to stand out because I was a stellar Marine.’
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