Shanna Moakler
Moakler in 2010
Shanna Lynn Moakler

(1975-03-28) March 28, 1975 (age 48)[1]
Other namesShanna Moakler Barker[2]
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active1992–present
(m. 2004; div. 2008)

Shanna Lynn Moakler (/ˈʃnə/; born March 28, 1975)[1] is an American actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder.[3] She was the winner of the Miss New York USA pageant in 1995 and was the first runner-up at Miss USA 1995. After winner Chelsi Smith won the Miss Universe 1995 pageant, Moakler succeeded her as Miss USA.[4] She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in December 2001.[5]

Moakler eventually branched out into an acting career, appearing as a regular for two seasons on the USA Network television series Pacific Blue in 1998,[6] and in 2005 she starred as herself on the reality television series Meet the Barkers with her then-husband Travis Barker, drummer in the rock band Blink-182.[7] She hosted E!'s Bridalplasty during its two-month run in 2010/2011. In January 2014, it was announced that Moakler had joined the cast of the VH1 reality series, Hollywood Exes.[8]

Moakler has served as the executive producer of the Miss Nevada USA state pageant since 2012, after joining as a director in 2011, and acquired the Miss Utah USA franchise in 2018.[9][10][11]

Early life

Moakler, who is of German, Irish, Portuguese, and Polish descent,[4] was born in Providence, Rhode Island.[12][13][14] She has two older brothers and had an older sister, who died in 2012.[5][15] As a child, Moakler enjoyed weekend visits to her grandfather's farm, where she could "play outdoors and be a tomboy."[5] Moakler was a competitive roller skater for 12 years (participating in roller skating competitions analogous to ice skating competitions).[16] She attended Barrington High School,[13] where she claims to have been "the biggest dork."[17] According to Moakler, she was 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m) and 75 pounds (34 kg) until she finally hit puberty at age 17.[17] By the time she graduated, however, Moakler had dated the captain of the football team and was voted as best dressed.[17] She moved to Miami after high school to pursue a modeling career.[13] Moakler later moved to New York City and then to Los Angeles.



Shanna Moakler, at the age of 17, represented Rhode Island in the Miss Teen USA 1992 pageant. She placed third in the preliminaries, sixth in the interview segment, and fifth in the swimsuit competition (scoring 9.115, 9.279 and 9.087 respectively). Moakler made it to the semi-finals and finished seventh overall.[18] Moakler won the Miss Teen All American title for 1993.[19]

In 1995, Moakler was named Miss New York USA and represented New York in the Miss USA pageant, held that year in South Padre Island, Texas. Moakler finished second (to Miss Texas USA) in the preliminaries and in each of the interview and swimsuit divisions, with scores of 9.06, 9.62 and 9.61 respectively, and first in the evening gown competition, with a score of 9.86.[20] Overall, Moakler was the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant.[4] In May 1995, at the age of 20, Moakler received the 1995 Miss USA crown when the winner, Chelsi Smith, became Miss Universe.[4]

Moakler enjoyed some aspects of her reign as Miss USA, such as celebrity pool tournaments. However, she has complained that the experience required her to "sign autographs at places like Bob's Home Furnishing Rentals." She was also forced to live with a pageant chaperone, who made sure she dressed and acted appropriately.[4]

Moakler responded to the 2009 Miss USA gay marriage controversy by appearing in a public service announcement supporting efforts to overturn the result of California's Proposition 8.[21] Following allegations that reigning Miss California USA Carrie Prejean had posed for risqué photos and violated terms of her contract, Donald Trump decided that there had been no breach and therefore declined to strip Prejean of her crown.[22] Moakler then resigned as co-director for the pageant on May 13, 2009, stating "I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth."[23] However, on November 13, 2009, it was announced that Moakler returned to the Miss California USA organization, around the same time Carrie Prejean was dethroned.[24]

In 2008 Moakler made a pro-vegetarianism ad for PETA[25] and in 2013 she posed nude for a PETA anti-fur ad campaign, stating that as long as she is the director of Miss Nevada, fur coats would not be given as prizes.[26]


Shanna Moakler
Moakler at a party at the Playboy Mansion, December 2006
Playboy centerfold appearance
December 2001
Preceded byLindsey Vuolo
Succeeded byNicole Narain
Personal details
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[27]

Moakler began her modeling career at the age of fifteen.[3] She appeared in various publications, including such magazines as Cosmopolitan and Brentwood.[3] She signed a contract with Playboy and in December 2001, was named Playmate of the Month.[5] She has admitted that posing nude was "a little scary at first."[5] Moakler's Playmate data sheet listed her measurements as: 34" bust, 24" waist, 34" hips, 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall and 117 pounds.[12][27] She later appeared in a campaign for Cutty Sark that was photographed by David LaChapelle.[5]


Moakler started her television career in 1996 with appearances on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Due South.[28] Moakler then played Lisa in Friends 'Til the End, a 1997 NBC movie of the week starring Shannen Doherty. In 1998 she appeared in an episode of Timecop playing the role of Allison Kendall.[29]

Beginning in 1998, Moakler was a regular on the television drama Pacific Blue. The USA Network series featured a team of police officers who patrolled the beaches of Santa Monica, California on bicycles.[4] In seasons four and five Moakler played Officer Monica Harper, described as the trouble-maker rookie.[6] Moakler has admitted that, even equipped with a $5,000 Trek bike, she was somewhat accident-prone on the set, saying that when the cast had to "ride really close together for the camera" they would often "crash into each other like idiots and end up in a big ball of arms and legs."[4]

Moakler was a celebrity contestant on Search Party, a game show on the E! network. The show filmed at exotic beach resort locations and required contestants to team up for competitions such as athletic events and scavenger hunts. Moakler appeared in three episodes in 1999 to 2000.

In 2003, Moakler appeared on Punk'd to help Ashton Kutcher and his crew set up her then-boyfriend Travis Barker.[30] They punk'd Barker by having a waiter flirt excessively with Moakler while the couple were on a romantic date at a local restaurant. The episode originally aired on November 30, 2003.[31]

In 2005, Moakler made a guest appearance as Mariska on the television program Joey, starring Matt LeBlanc and also made an appearance as Josie on the show Jake in Progress.[28] That same year, Moakler and her then-husband Barker starred in Meet the Barkers, a reality series for MTV that premiered April 6, 2005.[32] The series followed the former couple throughout their daily activities.[33] It covered the couple's wedding and their life as a family while they were together.[7] The show continued for two seasons until February 2006.[34]

Moakler and Barker appeared together in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Poppin' Tags", which originally aired on April 13, 2006.[28] She played a character named J-Lady, while Barker played a rapper involved in conflict with a rival rap artist.[35] Later that year, Moakler was featured on the third season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, which premiered on September 12, 2006.[citation needed] She was eliminated in week two.[16] She guest starred on several more shows, such as HBO's Entourage, Telemundo's Mas Vale Tarde and as hostess for The CW's Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants. On the 120th episode of NBC's Minute to Win It (aka The Last Beauty Standing) which aired just before the 2010 Miss Universe contest on August 23, 2010, Moakler was the Last Beauty Standing among 10 contestants and was the top winner with $100,000 for her charity.[36]

In 2014, Moakler was one of the celebrity judges to select a new, and second only, male model for the long running television game show the Price is Right.[37] Other judges included the show's Executive Producer Mike Richards and its first male model Robert Scott Wilson.[38]

In 2022, Moakler was announced as a HouseGuest competing on the third season of Celebrity Big Brother, in which she finished in seventh place out of eleven.[39]


Year Title Role Note
1997 Poison Ivy: The New Seduction Jaime Debut
1998 Telling You Cheryl Tangeray
The Wedding Singer Air-flight hostess Extras
1999 Love Stinks (film) Tawny
2000 Critical Mass Extras
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead
2004 Seeing Other People (film) Kasey
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Petra
2008 I Love the New Millennium Herself Mini-series

Personal life

Moakler had a relationship with rock star Billy Idol in 1997.[17] The couple appeared together in a scene of The Wedding Singer.[40] Moakler has described Idol as a gentleman, but "not too sweet and sensitive." She also praised his intelligence and flair for history and philosophy.[17]

Moakler started dating boxer Oscar De La Hoya in October 1997, and they moved in together in early 1998.[41] The couple announced their engagement in October 1998.[42] They have one child together, a daughter.[43] In September 2000, the relationship abruptly ended when Moakler, who was at home watching the Latin Grammy Awards on television, saw De La Hoya escorting another woman to the show.[41] In December 2000, Moakler filed a $62.5 million palimony suit against her ex-fiancé, claiming he was an alcoholic, abusive to her and to their daughter, and that he used them "as props to promote his public image."[41] The case was settled out of court in 2001 for an undisclosed amount.[44] After the time of De La Hoya's split from Moakler, he had little contact with his daughter, although he continued to provide financial support.[43]

Moakler dated actor Dennis Quaid from February to October 2001.[45] They were together when she was approached by Playboy, and they discussed it before she posed nude in the magazine.[43]

On October 30, 2004, Moakler married Travis Barker, the drummer for the band Blink-182. Moakler and Barker have two children, a son and daughter.[citation needed] Barker filed for divorce from Moakler on August 8, 2006.[46] Later it was reported that Barker was seeing Paris Hilton.[47] Tensions between Hilton and Moakler led to a confrontation at Los Angeles nightclub Hyde Lounge in early October.[48] Hilton and Moakler each accused the other of battery in separate complaints filed with the Los Angeles Police Department.[48] Ultimately, no charges came out of the altercation.[49] In February 2008, Barker told People magazine "No, I'm no longer with her [...] We were actually divorced a few days ago."[50]

From February 2014 to July 2019, Moakler was in a relationship with Hells Angels biker, Bryan Sollima.[51][52]

On December 7, 2014, the police were called to Moakler and Barker's shared home in Los Angeles after the former couple got into a verbal argument which led to the two of them getting arrested. However, no charges were filed against either party.[53] In June 2016, it was reported that Moakler and Barker were amicably co-parenting their two children.[54]


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Awards and achievements Preceded by Chelsi Smith Miss USA 1995 Succeeded by Ali Landry Preceded byJennifer Gareis Miss New York USA 1995 Succeeded byKeelin Curnuck Preceded byGina Tognoni Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992 Succeeded byAlisha Currier