Originally from Minnesota, I moved out of the state when I was 19 years old after attending college for two years at Saint Cloud State University in order to join the Marine Corps. While in, I actively served duty in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Illinois as an administrative specialist, while also taking college courses online through Ashford University. After dedicating four years to the military, I chose to focus solely on my modeling career. At 5’8’’ and 120 lbs., I have modeled in a variety of areas including fashion, swimwear, casual, print/editorial, glamour, lingerie, music videos, promotional, runway, beauty, and fitness.
My modeling career took off in 2011, when I was selected as a Maxim Hometown Hottie Finalist. I ended up finishing in the top 10! Since being a finalist, I have shot with Maxim on a couple occassions. I was in their past two Military Issues, had a 4 page spread in their 2012 issue, and landed the cover of their May 2013 issue sporting a red, white, and blue American flag bikini! Shortly after landing the cover, I also won the title of Chicago’s Miss Tropic Beauty! Some other magazines I’ve been in include: Show Off Magazine, Empire Radio Magazine, Fight! Magazine (X2), UFC 360, Fitness Gurlz Magazine, 3 covers of VS Chicago Magazine, and Vanquish Magazine. In addition to print, I’ve also done numerous fashion shows including: Romantica Lingerie, Fight Chix Apparel, Chicago Costumes, Ed Hardy, H&M, and the Original Rockstar Clothing Line. I’m also a huge fan of MMA (mixed martial arts). I’ve be blessed enough to ring girl for fight organizations such as Pro Elite, King of the Cage, Sterling Entertainment, Hidden Talent MMA, American Predator Fighting Champtions, Bellator, and Invicta Fight Championships.
While also modeling independently, for 3 years I represented Chicago’s biggest classic rock radio station as their official spokesmodel. After competing against hundreds of other girls, and going to the radio stations events, submitting a video about myself, speaking on the radio, doing a photoshoot, and competing in pageant-form, I was crowded the winner for 2013 and was told that I could been the permanent Rock Girl, a title that used to change annually. My job as the Loop Rock Girl included going on the morning radio show weekly, shooting for their yearly Loop Rock Girl calendar, introducing rock bands onto stage that performed in the Chicago area, helping raise money for charity, hosting events, and representing the radio station as a whole. That job was a once in a lifetime experience, and after doing it for 3 years, I have decided to make another goal and that is to finish my business degree.
I’m currently attending college full-time, modeling, and focusing on my charity called Committed To Courage. I created this charity as a way of giving back to veterans who have served and for those who are currently serving. As a Marine veteran myself, I know how hard it can be to be away from family for long periods of time and how difficult it can also be to transition back to civilian life from the miliary. I also enjoy working out, traveling, art, going to sporting events, going to new restaurants, playing with my dog, camping, fishing, and spending time with my family.
You can also find me on Facebook under Shannon Ihrke, tweet me @ShannonIhrke, or check out my Instagram pictures @ShannonIhrke! Thank you!