|Born:||September 13, 1971|
|Known for:||Her modeling career|
Shawnae Jebbia (born September 13, 1971 in Sonoma County, California) is an entertainer and former beauty queen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who won the Miss USA title in 1998.
Life and CareerEdit
Jebbia was born in Sonoma County, California and lived in Sebastopol, California for six years. She received a degree in Communications from Jacksonville University and graduated cum laude on an athletic scholarship. She has appeared on television and film, including being a "Barker Beauty" on The Price is Right from 2002 until 2003 and a stint on ESPN2's exercise program Co-ed Training prior to winning Miss USA.
Jebbia won the Miss Massachusetts USA title in 1997, in her first attempt at a pageant title. She went on to represent Massachusetts in the Miss USA 1998 pageant, becoming that state's first Miss USA winner. Whilst Jebbia had little prior experience, her first runner-up Shauna Gambill had previously held the Miss Teen USA 1994 title. Jebbia's "sister" titleholder, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 Susie Castillo, went on to hold the Miss Massachusetts' second Miss USA titleholder in 2003.
Jebbia then competed at the Miss Universe 1998 pageant later than year. High score in evening gown and in swimsuit competition advanced her to the finals 5 but after the interview round, she did not make the final 3 finalists. The winner was Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago, with whom Jebbia lived and made appearances during her reign.
After experiencing a hearing impairment caused by Meniere's disease, Jebbia moved out of the entertainment industry and is currently studying towards a masters degree in nursing. She has acted as a spokesperson for the Siemens Pure 700 hearing aid.