Each week BlackSportsOnline will profile a model who is doing big things in the world of modeling and other entertainment or professional industries. At the end of the year there will be a vote for the BSO Model of the Year.
Shannon M Williams
One glance at Shannon M. Williams and you will understand why she is one of the most promising new faces in today’s entertainment world. Her exotic features, coupled with the perfect hour glass figure leaves lasting first impressions. However, there is much more to this Ohio native than meets the eye.
Growing up in Cincinnati, OH, a city not quite known for its diversity and culture, Shannon found a way to feed her gift and talent. In 2003, she was chosen from thousands of young women to compete in the Miss Ohio USA Pageant. Although she wasn’t selected, it was there she realized an affinity for the spotlight. Shannon spent the next couple of years modeling and hosting a local UPN Television show, gaining experience with each endeavor. However, her ambition was far greater than the opportunities that Cincinnati could provide. Shannon stepped out on faith, and moved to Atlanta, GA in June 2006. Immediately, she landed her first professional photo shoot and within a week was handpicked to shoot for a national advertisement campaign. The work kept rolling in.
Within the past year, Shannon has modeled for Metro Styles hair magazine, shot a Pelle Pelle campaign, and graced the cover of the Bronner Brothers Fantasy magazine. Her television work has included modeling for BET’s Hip–Hop Awards and Rip the Runway. She worked on MTV’s/Nick Cannon’s Wild’N Out television show, and she also appeared in a national Dodge commercial.
Miss Williams has been very selective about the work she involves herself in. Many opportunities have been presented to her but when director Lil’ X called her to ask if she’d star as the lead actress in the Usher/R. Kelly ‘Same Girl’ video, she could not refuse. What attracted her most about that opportunity was the fact that she would have a chance to display her acting skills.
So what is next for this beautiful model hailing from the state that brought us Jayne Kennedy, and Halle Berry (both former Miss Ohio USA candidates as well)? Currently Shannon is wrapping up on a pilot episode of a new series entitled ‘The A’. This adult drama featuring Clifton Powell and Eva Pigford is in the spirit of HBO’s Sex in the City and Entourage, however focusing on African Americans living in Atlanta. Shannon plays the lead, Brooke Rivers, a young lady who has the city of Atlanta in the palm of her hand. On set, Miss Williams has displayed a strong work ethic, screen presence, and tremendous acting ability, which will make her transition from model to actor a smooth one.
While not judging the book by its cover… Although stunningly gorgeous, it is what Shannon M. Williams is made of that proves she is a star; her tenacity guarantees that her star will shine for years to come.
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