‘A lot of the Marines initially thought that I might not be able to keep up physically…
…and says serving as a Marine has helped to strengthen her modelling career.
‘However some Marines still find it a little odd, she has had comments such as 'I can't believe the Marine who used to yell at me to clean my room is on the cover of Maxim'.’
After joining the Marines at only 19, Shannon served on active duty for four years.
‘If a little redneck girl from Walker, Minnesota can become a Marine and also successfully model, than the skies truly are the limit.’.
‘As a female in the Marine Corps you have to work twice as hard as the men in order to feel like their equal.’
Serving as an administrative specialist, she tells Mirror that joining the Marines was ‘the best decision’ of her life.
‘I did my best to blend in with the Marine around me, I didn't want to stand out just because I was a female.’