‘If a little redneck girl from Walker, Minnesota can become a Marine and also successfully model, than the skies truly are the limit.’.
…and says serving as a Marine has helped to strengthen her modelling career.
‘A lot of the Marines initially thought that I might not be able to keep up physically…
‘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.
Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division - One of the first wave of soldiers at Omaha Beach.
Serving as an administrative specialist, she tells Mirror that joining the Marines was ‘the best decision’ of her life.