Francis here, aka Shima’s boyfriend. She asked me to answer this question since it’s asked a lot.
I’m an illustrator aka I draw and paint pictures for books and magazines. My profession by nature is rather liberal and open minded and I am too. So is Shima’s, so that works. We met a few years ago when she posed for my figure drawing class. We had that storybook “artist and his model romance story” haha. A little inside info, I was very hesitant to date her because I thought that would be crossing the professional line (I was leading the studio), but she wore me down and we started dating. I had to stop hiring her to pose, but I did gain a private model! So from the first moments, I was hiring and drawing nude models on a daily basis, and she was shooting and posing nude with others so we had a mutual understanding and trust.
Do I get jealous? Of course! The internet is goofy. She receives constant messages from dudes telling her the nasty things they want to do to her and how they’re waiting for us to break up. It’s a fascinating social experiment for me into the minds of other dudes. She shows me emails from guys offering her piles of money for porn work - which she denies. These guys encourage her to do it behind my back and that I’ll never know. I don’t receive too much respect. I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am by other guys- which I am! But after the millionth time someone asks me if I know how lucky I am, I start to feel a certain type of way. I get over it, and then a few hundred dick pics show up in her various inboxes… But I’m used to it by now. I just feel so embarrassed for them, and make this face. Men, let’s step it up… But she’s getting pretty well known, and I know I signed up for it. It’s not a bad problem to have I suppose!
I’m not too bothered by her interactions with photographers though. Early on she shot with some cornballs, but they were too nervous to try anything, and I might drop her off and give them a very firm handshake. Now she’s shooting with higher end pros and they have a reputation to maintain, so they are super cool. I’m fortunate to be friends with many of them! It helps that I’m contemporaries with photographers and we play in the same world, so I can understand their motives. It helps that she researches potential photographers like a scientist, so if she decides to shoot with someone, I’m not worried.
I have to end with this: we work because of communication and mutual understanding of what is required for our respective careers. It’s a perk that she’s a mega babe, but we really work because we’re super goofballs and can enjoy each others company doing the the simplest things. We make each other laugh :) A lot of credit goes to her and how professional she is. I trust her. I have to, or we wouldn’t exist as a couple. We’re fortunate to have found each other, because there is room for so much toxic jealousy in this relationship from both sides. We work hard to make it work, and we’re a pretty dope team if I do say so!!
Spot on response.