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As a part of our maudern people series, we asked Philadephia-based designer and entrepreneur Shannon Scott Maldonado for insights on modern intimacy. Shannon is a fashion designer turned product designer who founded the retail creative hub Yowie and has led the interiors of numerous spaces across the east coast.  

What is your relationship status?

Boo'd all the way up!

How long have you been together? 

18 months

How did you meet?

Through mutual friends though we went to middle school together but didn't connect till now.

In your day to day life, how do you make time for intimacy?
One of the things I love about my relationship with my boyfriend is that we always say Goodmorning and Goodnight with a kiss and every morning we both ask how one another slept the night before. Its such a small moment but I love how much both take a second to check in first thing. One of my other favorite ways we make time for intimacy is watching movies while spooning on the couch. It’s so simple but so lovely (I'm the little spoon).

With social distancing & quarantine, how has human contact changed for you?
I'm naturally a very affectionate person who always squeezes an arm and hates weak hugs (please don't ever give me a stuff hug) so it's been hard to not be able to be close to my friends and family. My sister recently had a baby and I've only been able to touch one of her fingers which is so hard. We started meeting in parks recently to share wine and snacks but I am always fighting the urge to tackle them and smother them with my love.

You feel most loved when__

I feel understood by my partner.

A favorite literary or on-screen romance: 

Michel and Patricia in Breathless (1960)

The perfect date:

I love a day at the beach with lots of bad food and swimming together in the ocean.

Your in the mood food: 

Cheesy eggs and bacon

Drink of choice:

A glass of Gruner

A sexy or intimate song you love:

"All the Way Round" by Marvin Gaye

Dating advice to your younger self:

Don't stay in those bad relationships for long. GTFO!

What your parents said about love and relationships:

My mom puts herself first and I love that!

Favorite scent:

Untitled by Martin Margiela
AM: Bergamote