Shantal grew up in small-town outside of Seattle. She always dreamed of being a model and actress and moved to Arizona. She appeared on Playboy TV and hosted various events. She completed an Associates of Science degree as well as an Associates of Arts degree. She attended Arizona State University where she studied Biochemistry. She was named Playmate of the Month in May 2014 by Playboy South Africa and went on to become Playmate of The Year announced as the January 2016 magazine cover. The edition was so well-liked that Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia featured her as their Playmate and cover model.