Shanissa, born and raised in Trenton, Tennessee is known for her plush lips and sultry dark brown eyes. She was discovered by former model turned scout, Leonard Pigues, in Memphis, Tennessee in 2009.
Shanissa kicked off her career by signing with reflections modeling and talent agency. during this period, she was trained in both runway and posing techniques. up until 2010, she modeled exclusively for reflections in a variety of shoots and fashion shows; however, felt modeling freelance would better suit her career goals.
Shanissa has been featured in Urban Magazine, The Examiner, AMC Angels Magazine, Vixen Magazine, and Black Men Magazine's blackbook. For her feature in The Examiner, Shanissa was noted as "the world's most beautiful model, who has been heating things up in tennessee with her beautiful looks and spunky personality." As a teen mother herself, Shanissa has independently hosted fashion shows dedicated to raising funds for teen pregnancy awareness, which featured in The Jackson Sun newspaper in 2010, "A Prima Donna's Catwalk."