CASTING CALLS for Swimsuit 2015 are in full swing (but don't be surprised—so is our shooting season). Over the next several months we will be bringing you a sneak peek at some of this year's Swimsuit hopefuls. Who do you think will make it in?

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WHY EVEN bother trying to write an apt intro for Stephanie Shiu, when I'll probably just get it all wrong? Stephanie, who spends a good chunk of her time "slaving away" (her words!) as production manager for The Bridge, a website that, in their words "Connects artists and brands"  turned our innocuous Casting Call into her own erratic work of art, to which I say: like.

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Name: Stephianie Shiu

But my friends and family call me: Shiu Mai, Sneaky Prawn Fur, Mei Mei

Age: 26

Hometown: Vancouver

Current city: NYC/Brooklyn

Years modeling: 8

You may know me from my work with: L'Oreal Matrix, Kenneth Cole Reaction, VOGUE China, Allure, Marie Claire, Jean Paul Gaultier, bebe, Levis's

When I travel I always bring mycomputer (for my other job), my entire closet, Moroccan travel pillow, nerdy Moscot glasses and my fave toy

The most expensive thing in my closet is my: I'm poor :(

The craziest thing I've done on a shoot is: hang and swing around on a harness like I'm a Japanese anime character fighting an evil readhead; my name was Marika and the craziest thing was that I was being myself

I am best known for my: pillow lips and low, husky voice

When I was younger I was: a nerdy musician

I feel sexiest when: I'm comfortable. And under the influence

My pet is an: evil (but very cute) Himalayan cat named Masha

My friends think I spend too much timeslaving away working on thebridge.co

My biggest fear is: my mother, and lies

The celebrity I'd do a kissing scene with is: Paul Newman

The book PLAY everyone should read is: René Daumal's French surrealist play, Ennn Garrrde! [Ed note: Tried as I might, I couldn't find any reference to this in Daumal's catalogue of works, so if you want to read it . . . ask Stephanie.]

The movie everyone should see is: Belly

If I started a charity it would be to: swap first-world kids with third-world kids to influence change of environment, equality and world hunger

The three items on my bucket list are:

  1. Build an underwater/deep-sea bubble home
  2. Create an interactive community garden mural
  3. Make a new type of liquor

I am: a morning person / not a morning person

My favorite foods are: sweet / savory

I am an: amazing cook / O.K. cook / awful cook

The best thing I make is: Asian fusion tiger prawn raviolis in a sancerre and morels sauce

I am: single / in a relationship / it's complicated / I'll never tell!  "All of the above"

I am: spontaneous / a planner

My personal style can be described as:

  1. Leather jacket and motorcycle boots
  2. T-shirt, jeans and Converse
  3. Chanel sunglasses and Louboutin heels
  4. Maxi dress and sandals
  5. Other: "Style schizophrenic"

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STEPHANIE IN PICTURES:

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STEPHANIE ONLINE:  Twitter • Instagram • The Society portfolio

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* * * PREVIOUS SWIMSUIT 2015 CASTING CALLS: Stephanie Bertram Rose • Emma Stern Nielsen • Casie Chegwidden • Ana Carolina Jorge • Terese Pagh • Gabrielle Kagay • Hailey Clauson • Megan Willams • Rachel Marie Thomas