Actress, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Shanna Moakler has made a name for herself over the years for her work in film, television, print, and more. Her stunning beauty combined with street smarts, determination, and raw talent have kept her a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment business. This spring, Shanna can be seen as the newest cast member on VH1’s hit series “Hollywood Exes.” Season three will premiere M!ay 7, 2014.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island Shanna always had dreams of being in the entertainment industry. While growing up, television and film opportunities were rare in the Rhode Island area, so she got her foot in the door through modeling, and entering pageants. By fifteen years old she was making regular trips to Boston for modeling jobs, and at seventeen she represented Rhode Island in the Miss Teen USA pageant. She then went on to win the Miss Teen All American title. As soon as she graduated from high school, Shanna moved to Miami to pursue the entertainment industry full time. There, she quickly made a name for herself, landing national and international campaigns with big name brands such as TJ Maxx and Stoli Vodka, and graced the pages of Seventeen and Cosmopolitan Magazine, to name a few.
Shanna had her sights set on moving to New York to pursue modeling on a bigger scale, and continue competing in pageants. Once she relocated to the Big Apple, she began walking in high profile fashion shows for top designers, including Calvin Klein. She went on to win the title of Miss New York USA, and soon after took home the prestigious title of Miss USA. She was the youngest woman to achieve this title, in a decade. Once Shanna had the crown, she moved once again to Los Angeles, to start a career in television in film. She quickly landed a series regular role on “Pacific Blue” for the USA Network, and played the role of ‘Monica Harper’ from 1998-2000. She also appeared in films, including THE WEDDING SINGER, and BIG MAMA’S HO– USE 2. Additional television credits include: “Joey,” “!Entourage,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NCIS” and “The Glades.”
In 2005, Shanna dabbled in the reality world, starring on MTV’s hit series “Meet the Barkers.” The show allowed viewers into her life with then husband Travis Barker, documenting the couple’s daily life, including planning their wedding. Starring on the series also opened doors for Shanna with other non- scripted programs, including “Dancing with the Stars” for ABC . Aside from scripted and non- scripted projects, Shanna has had experience in the hosting world, working with E! Entertainment and VH1, and appearing on “Bridalplasty,” “Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants,” and doing red carpet corresponding for The Academy Awards.
Philanthropy has always been something that is near and dear to Shanna’s heart, she has worked with the Special Olympics since she was thirteen years old, and she currently actively supports the Children’s Burn Foundation- where she recently raised $100,000 for the foundation on NBC’s “Minute To Win It.” She is also an entrepreneur, launching cosmetic line Smoak in 2010 which features quality products for an affordable price; including primers, brushes, creative color kits, and more. In 2014, the line will focus on bronzers and lip-gloss. Shanna is also set to launch her clothing line Fauxy Fauxture this fall, featuring faux fur clothes that support the animal rights movement. She still has her hand in the pageant world as well, serving as the Executive Producer of the Miss Nevada USA state pageant each year.
When not working, Shanna loves to practice yoga, watch movies, and spend time with her friends. She currently lives in the LA area with her three children