Shaunté Monét Smith is an up-and-coming runway model who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in her twenties. Although the illness caused many detrimental changes in her life, it also brought in the best change, which was shifting her career path toward her true passion and calling for modeling. Today, Shaunté Monét seeks to be a voice and icon of hope for those diagnosed with cancer through her Youtube channel, Fighting H.E.R. 2.
With a mission to inspire fellow cancer patients, she uses her platform to educate and spread awareness about breast cancer by providing information based on her experiences with the illness. Her ultimate goal is to provide peace of mind for women who are battling against breast cancer, which she lacked during her journey. Shaunté Monét shares about the many changes she had to go through in the social and intimate aspects of life.
In 2018, the 26-year-old model-actress began her modeling career after being diagnosed with stage 2 HER2 breast cancer. She started her career under John Casabalanca’s Modeling and Acting Agency. She quickly rose in the modeling community, having trained with Rio Summers, one of America’s Next Top Model winners. She modeled for the runway in LA’s Fashion Week and has been a consistent runway model for David’s Bridal Runway Show.
Shaunté Monét also serves as the face of Queen Carte Cosmetics flaunting their best-selling Tre Chic mink eyelashes on their website. She also works with designer clothing brand Lord and Taylor. Most recently, she is booked for a non-speaking role with Griffin Hospital and the popular camera brand, Olympus.
Before her diagnosis, Shaunté Monét pursued a different career. She found herself in a demanding work position, which she could no longer keep up with as she had to attend to several treatments and procedures for her breast cancer. When chemotherapy started, the young model faced drastic changes in her social life, losing her energy to hang out with friends and even losing her desire for intimacy.
But despite the negative changes that came with the diagnosis, great things still came with it. It pushed her to reassess her life and shift career paths. It pushed her to chase after her longtime dream of becoming a model. At present, Shaunté Monét has completed her chemotherapy and radiation procedures and is now focusing on improving her modeling career.
As a way to give back to the community, Shaunté Monét started a Youtube channel dedicated to people diagnosed with cancer. She recently launched a channel called Fighting H.E.R. 2 where she talks openly about life and cancer. She used the same platform to finally disclose her cancer diagnosis to her friends and family.
Here, Shaunté Monét discusses the realities of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgeries. She also talks about personal things such as suffering hair loss, mental health issues, and changes in her level of intimacy. Moreover, she also talks about continuing her modeling despite the diagnosis.
“While going through chemotherapies, appointments, hair loss, radiation, etc., I really wish I had someone who could tell me what was in store for me instead of Google or hearing it from my doctor. I wanted to hear it from a real person with personal experience,” explains Shaunté Monét.
With this in mind, Shaunté Monét hopes not only to inspire people with her story but to also help them fully understand life after a cancer diagnosis.