In 1972, Shelley appeared in a spread for Fashions of the Times, a magazine that came with The New York Times which featured the latest in city fashion. She appeared in a spread called "Wear Sportswear. Be In Step With Today." and wore several looks that were the latest in autumn 1972 daywear. The outfits she wore could be found in retail stores around New York. In one pic, she wore a tailored suit which included a gray flannel jacket and vest, wide-legged tattersall pants and rayon crepe shirt - all by Victor Joris for V & J. Shelley was stunning and looked in step with the times.
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In 1979, Shelley became Charlie's Angel no. 5 during the 4th season of the popular series. Everyone was excited to see THE Charlie Girl bring her brand of beauty and glamour into the Townsend Detective Agency. The series experienced a significant drop in the ratings during its 3rd season (it dropped from #4 to #12 in the Nielsens) and Shelley, with her high-profile Supermodel image, brought just the right dose of publicity, attention and interest to get the series back within the TV's top ten shows. But then she was given little to do or say (especially in her first episodes). They said she couldn't act, but if you watch her performances on projects that aired at around that same time (Death Car on the Freeway and an episode of the Love Boat), she wasn't bad at all. They said she didn't integrate with her co-Angels, but moments of her rapport with Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd could be witnessed in the episode "Angels Go Truckin'" and some others. In some episodes, it can be noticed that her reactions and dialogue to her co-stars were either cut short or had no audio. So how was she supposed to save the show, by her mere presence alone? In the end, she was blamed for the further drop in the ratings; and she left the series. But after so many years and after re-watching that season, many fans have changed their minds about her. Many have realized that Shelley was such a great addition to the show after all.
Shelley appeared on many magazines throughout her modeling career. One of them was Mademoiselle magazine. In 1974, she appeared on their pages photographed by Arthur Elgort and clad in fabulous fashions by Kenzo. The luxury brand Kenzo was founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada; and he was known for using Asian and Japanese-influenced style in his designs with the construction of European fashion. Shelley wore his trendy separates with class and elan.
In 1984, Shelley joined the cast of the nighttime sitcom Night Court for its second season (replacing Paula Kelly). She was cast to play public defender Christine Sullivan and the character was going to be romantically involved with Judge Harry Stone (played by Harry Anderson). "I'll be doing my research at the New York court," Shelley said, "I always look forward to researching a role. It will be interesting." Publicity photos were taken, and the announcement was made. Shelley's first episode "Daddy for the Defense" was going to be the season opener.
Shelley did a lot of catalog work during her tenure as a full-time Supermodel in the 1970s. She appeared in many spreads throughout the Sears 1978 Spring Summer catalog. In the spread called "Romantic... Tent Styles and Tiered Effects," she wore the Tent Dress. It was a pullover-style dress with a V-neckline and a spread collar. It had a square yoke in the front and the back with cream-color ribbon trims. It had soft gathers below the 3/4 length sleeves which were elasticized at the edges. It also came with a self tie-belt. A flower comb and a set of hoop earrings accessorized her look. Sandal-style footwear and a fashionable Jute Bag finished her look. Shelley looked sophisticated and sensational.