Shantal grew up in small town outside of Seattle. She always dreamed of being a model and actress despite discouragement. At age 19 she began building her portfolio and moved to Arizona where she held several jobs. Within two years she made the decision to pose nude for Playboy and described it as one of the most exciting days of her life. She went on to be featured twice as a Playboy Cyber Girl. Over the next few years in addition to freelance modeling Shantal completed an Associates of Science degree and began attending Arizona State University where she studied Bio-Chemistry.
Despite Shantal’s love of science, math and dedication to her work load she felt a strong desire to model. It was during this time that she really propelled herself deeper into the modeling world. She began traveling to Los Angeles monthly to work on various shoots, lingerie catalogs and events. In May 2014 she was named Playmate of the Month by Playboy South Africa and went on to become their Playmate of The Year (2015) announced as the cover model of their Jan/Feb 2016 edition. The success of the feature was clear when three other Playboy editions published the pictorial, two of which even re-published the cover. Due to increasing opportunities Shantal placed her schooling on hold and relocated to the Los Angeles area with the intent of expanding her modeling career further.