Shannon Niquette Ratliff (née Stewart) was born on June 6, 1984, in Franklin, Ohio, and is an American fashion model and beauty pageant contestant from Franklin, Ohio.
Stewart was the runner up on the 1st Cycle of America's Next Top Model and appeared on the All-Star edition of the show, placing sixth as a finalist. She was also first runner-up in the Miss Ohio USA pageant in 2005, and a semi-finalist in that pageant in 2006.
America's Next Top ModelEdit
Stewart competed on the first season of America's Next Top Model. In the first week of competition, Shannon landed in the bottom two and if she hadn't won that week's challenge, she would have been eliminated. However, the following two weeks Shannon received two consecutive first call-outs, and performed consistently in the following weeks. In the semi-finals during a nude photoshoot in Paris, Shannon and fellow contestant Robin Manning caused controversy when they refused to take part in the photoshoot because of their Christian faith. However, this did not hinder Stewart's progression in the competition finishing second overall to Adrianne Curry.
In a cycle 8 episode, Shannon told the contestants that she had switched over to Elite Model Management in Chicago. She is also signed to Bleu Model Management.
She has been later featured in Cycle 11 as one of CoverGirl's Top Models in Action. Stewart was participated for the first All-Star edition of the show with several other returning models. Stewart placed 6th overall in the All-Star competition after confusing the judges for refusing to wear lingerie that looked like a bathing suit while allowing herself to be photographed in a skimpier bathing suit in her previous season.
Stewart continued to model, and signed with Elite Models in Chicago and Major Model Management.
She has modeled for Nuj Novakhett, Elle Girl Magazine, Teen Vogue, Sydney Magazine, Six Degrees Magazine and Ford Fusion. Shannon has appeared on the cover of Arizona Foothills Magazine, and Sound & Vision Magazine. Her runway shows include: Richard Tyler, Alice and Olivia (2006), Sprite Street Couture (2006), and Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America's Next Top Models (2005), Fashion Institute of Technology (2006), Gustavo Arango (2006), Alice Dobson (2006) and Olympus Fashion Week (2006). In 2012, she participating on a YouTube channel, damodel69, which is also in Da'model Salon with 1 episode.
Following her America's Next Top Model loss, Stewart entered the Miss Ohio USA 2004 competition held in late 2003. She was first runner-up to Lauren Kelsey Hall in that pageant. Stewart later competed again for the Miss Ohio USA 2006 crown in 2005, but she only made the semi-finals. The title was won by Stacy Offenberger.
She is a devout Christian, doesn't drink or smoke and stayed a virgin until marrying. Stewart married fellow Christian model Matthew Ratliff in 2007 and they live in Plainfield, Indiana. She took his name and now goes by Shannon Ratliff.