"It is too pretty a day to be so unhappy."- Memoirs of a Geisha
There are some special women in this world who are hard to come by...women who want the best for other women...who support and help guide other people to a a shining place and whose sunshine helps them get there. It comes from a place of selflessness, self-security, kindness and a genuine, pure heart. One such woman is SHANNA MOAKLER. She is a perfect example that your actions, thoughts and the way you carry yourself reflect on your actual being. Shanna was born in Rhode Island and began modeling at fifteen. There was no question this was a born beauty queen child, even if she denies this! Named Miss New York USA, Shanna went on to, very deservedly, win the crown of Miss USA in 1995. This title brought the entertainment business running towards her gorgeous face and she worked steadily the next few years, including in a series regular role on "Pacific Blue." Named Playboy's Playmate of the Month December 2001, she continued to get noticed for her beautiful face and that equally beautiful personality. She went on to win roles on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Entourage" and was a contestant on the third season of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2006. She also had several film roles where she flourished as an actress. At this point, executives were realizing she wasn't just great being a character, she was amazing as Shanna, and this started her high demand in the hosting world. She sparkled as the host of "Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants" and most recently wrapped this month, the first season of the highly addictive E! show "Bridalplasty," where she brought dignity and compassion to the house of would-be brides and a voice-on-their-shoulder friend in the operating room. Being passionate about charity, Shanna also recently competed on the hit show "Minute To Win It" in their "Last Beauty Standing" episode and ended up winning $100,000 for her charity. As if this all isn't enough, she is a dedicated mother of three beautiful children. She takes endless trips to Disneyland, acquiesces to each pet request she gets, makes beautiful, elaborate birthday parties for each of them and truly puts them before anything in her life. This goodness is why her eyes shine and emit such beauty. There is a lot of heart in her in so many capacities and it shows.
Here is an EXCLUSIVE GS&E beauty Q&A with the deeply beautiful SHANNA MOAKLER:
WHAT INSPIRES YOU THAT YOU FIND BEAUTIFUL?
I find women in general to be inspiring. I love when strong, confident women are out taking risks and expressing themselves in all their glory. It radiates a beauty and I love trying to re-create certain women's style and making it my own.
WHERE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN?
The most beautiful place I have ever been is on my father's dock in Rhode Island when the sun is rising. It's so calm and you can see the reflection of the houses on the water like a mirror. It's just as beautiful when the snow falls in the winter.
WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?
I loved "Memoirs of a Geisha," it was a true Cinderella story and I could really envision the clothing and hair and make-up. I loved the romance and I could barely put it down.
WHAT IS YOUR CAN'T-LIVE-WITHOUT MAKEUP ITEM?
This is hard. It's a toss-up between mascara or lip gloss! I think I am going to take the mascara! You can just make your eyes pop!
WHAT IS A BEAUTY SECRET OF YOURS?
Facials! I make sure I take the time out to do them, not only to treat myself but to heal my skin as well....
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY OBSESSING OVER?
Shanna is that friend we all wish for. Supermodel-gorgeously inspiring, deep-heartedly sweet, amazingly supportive of other people succeeding and a beautiful role model as a doting mother.
She is always smiling, always positive. She holds a secret to her beauty.
"She dances, she sings, she entertains you. Whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret."
- Memoirs of a Geisha
We should just be happy we get the glimpses of Shanna Moakler that we do.