Vixen Chat: Shanell Talks ‘Midnight Mimosas,’ Life Lessons from YMCMB and Being a Musical Multitasker

Shanel How has your personal style evolved over the years?
There’s some stuff I see and I ask myself why did I wear that? But that’s the whole part of being an artist. You try new things and create from the closet. When all your clothes are dirty and all you have is this shirt and these jeans, you gotta make it work. I’m all for that. I have a lot of fun doing it.
Have you ever looked out into the crowd and seen a lot of girls wearing the nose earring combination?
Yes, but it’s a very bold statement. I’ve seen it in pictures, on Instagram and in the audience, but not as much as I’ve seen people do other things. It’s flattering and I get people that love it and people that hate it. Don’t be scared to be who you are and try different things, because you’ll be the next person that they follow.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure food?
Pasta. Italian food. I love penne, but now to make myself feel better I do spinach fettuccine noodles.

Are you going to make any music with your sister, D. Woods?
We have a song called “Foolish Dreamers.” There’s actually a video that played on MTV Jams. I want to do a lot more with her but right now she’s doing a lot of theater. She went back to home base and she’s doing her thing there. Hopefully, we can record something before I finish my album.