TAMPA BAY—Having spent 25 years in the Hollywood spotlight as an actress, comedienne and host, Rhonda Shear knows a thing or two about making the most of her assets! Star of the popular late night series “USA: Up All Night,” Shear learned the art of illusion and camouflage from Hollywood’s top costume designers. Now, with her fresh, innovative and glamorous line of intimates, Rhonda brings these tricks of the trade to women everywhere.
Like any good lingerie, Rhonda Shear Intimates began with a love story. In 2001, after 20 years apart, Rhonda reunited with childhood sweetheart Van Fagan. The two married and settled in St Petersburg, FL., where they embarked on a brand new venture together- Shear Enterprises, LLC. A true passion project, Rhonda set out to create a line of sexy, shaping intimates for all sizes, so that every woman can look and feel like a bombshell. With designs that focus on comfort and support without sacrificing femininity or style, Rhonda did just that. Shear personally develops and designs each garment, making sure every piece is as beautiful as it is flattering, and as wearable as it is fun. Her line has been featured in leading industry publications, and in fashion shows and events around the world. With tremendous success on HSN, TSC: Canada, and other shopping channels worldwide, Rhonda’s line continues to grow as she continues her lifelong career of empowering women worldwide.
Shear has been a true champion for women from the very start. With early success on the beauty pageant circuit, winning over 40 major pageants, including “Miss Louisiana,” Rhonda showed her native New Orleans that beauty and brains are an unbeatable combination. She received her B.A. in Communications at Loyola University and, after graduation, began a career of pioneering, becoming the youngest woman ever to run for public office in New Orleans. Though she lost that election by a mere 135 votes, she did take the opportunity for a change and tried her hand in Hollywood. She quickly received a vote of confidence from Bob Hope, who recognized her immense talent and cast her on the spot for his show. Rhonda was on her way to stardom, and what was meant as a summer in Hollywood turned into 26 years with a successful career in TV, film and comedy!
The roles came rushing in, and soon Rhonda was everywhere on prime time, from appearances on Happy Days and The A Team, to Dallas and Cheers. She had a talent and wasn’t afraid to do the unexpected to capture an audience. From a hall full of business suit wearing newscasters USA Network hired Rhonda, the girl with the big hair in the spandex dress, in an attempt to revamp their show Up All Night, and revamp she did! During her 8 years and over 400 episodes hosting “USA: Up All Night,” Rhonda established a cult following for the network’s popular Friday night program, which featured late night movies broken up with skits, comedy and witty commentary. Rhonda proved that comedy can be sexy… and sexy can be smart. Rhonda’s catchy and charismatic role hosting led to countless talk show appearances and features everywhere from People to PLAYBOY! It was a natural transition when she made her way into standup comedy, headlining as a successful comedienne in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, and eventually touring across the country with her popular “Comedy PJ Party,” an on-stage slumber party with a number of comedic talents.
Rhonda has taken her experiences on shows and red carpets and made them accessible to her customers. With the launch of Rhonda Shear Intimates Rhonda evolved and found a whole new passion and career in the intimate apparel industry with her childhood sweetheart Van. In a few short years they have developed a booming brand known for innovation, color, and fit. The Ahh Bra broke the mold in the infomercial world and helped grow the brand worldwide. Because of the incredible growth of her business and her unique approach to design and management Rhonda has been awarded several prestigious recognitions over the last few years including Entrepreneur of the Year, FL for Ernst & Young 2012, Gulf Coast Business Review’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Entrepreneurial Business Woman of the Year 2012, Best Product at HSN 2012, 3rd of the Top 50 Fastest Women Owned Businesses 2012, 3rd Place Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company 2012, and Enterprising Women 2012 among others. Rhonda hopes to encourage women to go for their dreams at any age and not to fear change; she is a regular speaker for women’s groups around the US.
So what is next for Rhonda Shear? Within the next year she plans to launch her new line of slimming swimwear, fragrance, and cosmetics as well as her return to TV with a reality show. She is also continuing her work with American Cancer Society: Making Strides, St. Jude’s and women’s shelters around the country. The brand is also expected to grow its presence in retail, web and shopping channels worldwide. To learn more about Rhonda, Rhonda Shear Intimates, or see what is coming up please visit us at www.RhondaShear.com or follow her on Twitter and Facebook!