SHE IS, LIBRA
"Your direction is more important than your speed. It’s never too late to accomplish your goals or your dreams..."
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Born under the Libra sun, Shy Johnson is what we call creative, amicable, and the very definition of BOLD. “What is your philosophy on being a kept woman?” was the question presented to our BOLDBachelorette during an exclusive interview with She’s SINGLE. She replied with a simple remark, vocalizing her stance on love, womanhood, and self-autonomy. “I don’t want to be a kept woman,” Johnson said confidently, “Not that there’s anything wrong with it,” she continued. “I just feel like that lifestyle would rob you of the ability to think for yourself and provide adequately for yourself,” she explained.
For the 32-year-old model, it isn’t about the chase, it’s about accepting what comes her way. Reveling in her independence, Johnson sees being single as empowering, not debilitating. Like many women, Johnson dreams of someday finding the one, but emphasizes that there is no rush for her to get there.
BOLDBachelorette Question (1) Where were you born and raised? What was it like growing up there?
S.J. “I was born in Washington D.C. and growing up it was amazing and fun and enjoyable. I’m from the inner city, so we did regular kid stuff—hopscotch, Double Dutch, tag—but at the same time, it also had its challenges. Luckily, I was raised by an amazing mom who steered and directed me on the right path.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (2) What did you dream of becoming when you were a child? How has that dream changed as you’ve grown up?
S.J. “I wanted to be everything. I wanted to be a famous singer, I wanted to be a veterinarian, I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be a model, but honestly, as a child, I wanted to be a mom. I know that probably sounds weird (laughs) but as a child, I knew that I wanted to become a mother. That’s still a dream of mine. Luckily, I am living the dream of being a model now. So one check off the list!”
BOLDBachelorette Question (3) What do you like most about the profession that you’re in now?
S.J. “I am a quality assurance specialist. In my profession, I’m able to help better a company or establishment. Any procedures or audits, anything that needs to be fixed, I’m able to come up with ways to do so. So, helping is my thing. I love being able to broaden a company. My favorite thing about modeling is, I love taking pictures! (laughs). I love meeting new people, I love interacting and pushing my limits to see exactly what it is that I can do, whether it’s print, or fashion—I just love it. It makes me feel beautiful (laughs)."
BOLDBachelorette Question (4) Who are some women that have inspired you?
S.J. “I know most people will probably say celebrities, but my mom and my grandma! They both inspire me and encourage me to become the woman that I am and also to go for anything I want to do in life. Those are my babies.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (5) What advice would you give to readers who aspire to be where you are someday?
S.J. “I would say to readers that your direction is more important than your speed. It’s never too late to accomplish your goals or your dreams. Do a thing called what you want (Laughs) and you got it. Just go for it!”
BOLDBachelorette Question (6) What do you like to do on weekends?
S.J. “I am a family person. I love to spend time with my family. I have a one-year-old niece, a five-year-old godson, and a four-year-old cousin. So my house on the weekend is Auntie’s Playhouse. So I spend a lot of time with them. I also spend time with my friends; we may go to a bar or a restaurant, and then the next weekend we’re probably hiking up a mountain somewhere.
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BOLDBachelorette Question (7) Are you single?
S.J. “I am single. I have been single for a while,” (Laughs). I’m thirty-two. So, I would like to be in a relationship. Am I forcing it? No. But of course, who wouldn’t want love and a romantic partner and all of that good stuff. I do enjoy being single because I get to do what I like, but at the end of the day, I do want a family. Also, I do believe in soulmates. I’m waiting for him to come to me. There was a time when I would go look, and sometimes it’s better to just wait and let things happen. The majority of the time, when you’re not looking for something, it comes to you.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (8) What would it take for someone special to grab your attention?
S.J. “I learned with dating that a lot of men have issues with consistency. I’ve dated all races and it’s all the same issue. So if we show an interest in each other and we are vibing, if you show me that you’re reaching out, you want to spend time, and it’s consistently—not, ‘Oh, I see you on Thursday and then I don’t hear from you until next Saturday.’ That’s a no-go (Laughs). If you’re consistent, I can see that you’re trying. So that will get my attention.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (9) What traits do you look for in a partner?
S.J. “I would like for my partner to be passionate. Confident, not cocky, but confident. Have a sense of humor, because I’m fun and witty. Respectful. Mindful. And just generally a great person with great energy. Those are the main things. (Laughs)”
BOLDBachelorette Question (10) What is the best compliment you have received from a romantic interest?
S.J. “The best compliment that I’ve received was, ‘I’m proud of you.’ It’s different when you hear that from your mom and your friends—when you hear it from someone that you’re romantically involved with, it puts the icing on the cake. I think that day I had butterflies the whole day. It was just like, okay, he doesn’t just see me physically, he sees me—my accomplishments and the things that I’m doing.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (11) What on-screen relationship did you look to as a teenager and think, “That’s what I want”?
S.J. “Martin and Gina. That is my overall couple. Of course, everyone loves the Huxtables, but Martin and Gina were everything to me—they were fun, they were romantic, they were silly, they were protective of each other. At 16 and 17, I knew that’s the kind of relationship I wanted. They were able to fall on hard times and come back. It’s still like, I’m looking for my Martin.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (12) What is your ideal date?
S.J. “I am a hopeless romantic, so a romantic date would be amazing—But! I also like to have fun. If a guy was to take me to an amusement park or a wine festival, or even an arcade—even though we’re adults, it’s okay to let loose a little bit. That way we’re able to break the ice and get out of that awkward stage. My ideal date is having fun and a great conversation. And all of this must include food! (Laughs).”
BOLDBachelorette Question (13) What do you consider to be the greatest thing about being a woman?
S.J. “The greatest thing about being a woman is our resilience. I think that we are undefeated. Even in our weakest moments, we find a way to overcome and show our strength and fearlessness. I think that’s the best part. Having resilience is powerful.”
BOLDBachelorette Question (14) What are some things you have noticed that we need to work on when bridging the gap between generations of womanhood?
S.J. “Now, there are new outlets and new systems of technology. I think we’re working closer towards bridging the gap. I’ve started to notice older women becoming more outspoken on social media, which is very encouraging to our younger generations. That way they are able to get insight on what the older generations endured.”
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