Patriot and Marine Shannon Ihrke has marked the new year with all guns blazing in a modeling mission that’s sure to impress her army of followers.
The Instagram star from Minnesota, 29, went viral when her bikini and modeling pictures started trending online.
The beautiful blonde joined the military at the ripe age of 19 and served on active duty for four years, but has since formed a career as a full-time model, which has seen her inundated with marriage proposals.
Juxtaposed against pictures of her in uniform, she represents the hidden strengths other Instagram models who looked good in bikinis might sometimes hide.
Speaking about her latest shoots, Ihrke says: “I love getting my hair and makeup done.”
“What girl doesn’t want to be pampered once in a while?”
“Doing shoots like these give me an opportunity to let another side of me come out.”
When asked about the attention she is getting online due to her newfound fame, she says, “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 simply enjoy exploring my modeling range and working with some incredibly talented artists and trying to help others along the way.”
“I want to show girls that they can do and be whoever they want to be if they work at it hard enough.”
“I’m the most happy when I get messages from people saying that I’ve inspired them in some way.”
Ihrke has over 73,000 followers on Instagram and constantly delights them by posting pictures from her bikini and lingerie shoots as well as sharing candid pictures of her home life riding horses while wearing cowboy boots.
She says the military consumed her life and also helped her accomplish everything she had dreamed of.
“I became a sergeant, I traveled, and thanks to the GI Bill, I have my 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.”
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