The soul in there

February 25, 2011  | by: Lucinda Coulter

At 21, Carrie Shubert posed for Overdrive’s cover and an inside spread as the March 1975 Date Master – including a shot with a lion. “I was very insecure,” recalls the Scottsdale, Ariz., resident, but, “I’ve grown into a person I’m proud of.”

She’s since reared three children as a single mother and recovered from losing her house in the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake. A nationally known psychic, she once hosted a radio show on voiceamerica.com, serves as a guest on radio shows now and has taught a college class. For the last 16 years, she’s developed a niche listening to and soothing people’s angst.

Shubert was one of many young models who posed in front of trucks during Overdrive’s early years, an era when both women and men were beginning to discuss women’s changing roles in the workplace and home openly. Overdrive launched only two years before Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique,” for example, which challenged conventional attitudes.

Although more women have entered the workplace since the ‘70s, the recent recession challenged both sexes to examine interpersonal relations, Shubert says.

“I think a shift is coming in the way people interact so they look beyond physical appearance and find out that, ‘Hey, there’s a soul in there,’” she told Overdrive recently. “This decade is as significant to men as the ‘60s was to women. With the economy the way it is, it’s a time for people to look at their values. I think men are re-examining their positions without material stuff.” She said that women in the ‘60s and ‘70s “decided we didn’t want to be secretaries and housewives. We want to be loved and respected, just like men, but we went about it the wrong way.”

For Shubert, doing things the right way involves taking some risks. She says that cuddling with the lion for her Overdrive photo shoot was scary. Photographer Theo Ehret took the photos of Shubert in the San Fernando Valley at the home of a professional wrestler who owned the large cat. “The lion was great until he started to roar, and it scared the crap out of me. Believe me, I thought I was going to be attacked,” the petite blonde says. “Theo shot a few rolls and there were only a few shots that I looked relaxed in.”

Now unconventional hobbies inform Shubert’s positive outlook. Nearly a year ago, she bought a 2003 Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster Excel and had put 4,600 miles on it by December. Her mantra includes the serenity that is a signature of her magazine photos: “I feel like I have a gift that shows people everything’s going to be okay.”

Read more about Shubert’s career here.

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