In 2006, she started writing her second book, named Suzanna the Banana.
She joined forces with Wayne Newton and the USO in support of our servicemen and women. Together, they visited military troops at various bases, hospitals and celebrations.
She appeared on the cover of Ability magazine.
She has blue eyes and is a natural blonde.
In 2006, her weight was approximately 125 lbs.
She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lindenwood University.
She was the first-ever Miss Missouri USA to be crowned Miss USA.
She has helped to raise over 30 million dollars for breast and ovarian cancer research.
A research that she conducted, on androgyny, was published in the SEPA journal in 1999.
She appeared in commercials for Lingo 2005, Anheuser Busch 2003 and Pine Valley Natural Spring Water.
She co-hosted the Miss Universe 2006 Pageant live from Los Angeles.
She graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 1996.
She was a co-host on GSN's Playmania.
Shandi earned a B.S. in psychology in only three years from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.
Her height is 5'11" (1.80 m).
Shandi has written a children's book called The Furtails. The book was awarded the distinguished AWMAD by Infinity Publishing because the book subject was the inclusion of mentally challenged individuals
Shandi who won Miss Missouri 2002 and again in 2004 also won the Miss USA pageant in 2004.
She knits and models.
Her favorite food is the #2 Extra Value Meal from McDonalds.
Her favorite sport is kickball.
Her favorite song is "Eye of the Tiger".
Her favorite movie is "A Beautiful Mind".
Her Astrological sign is Libra.
In her free time, Shandi enjoys playing the piano and violin. She also is well studied in meditation and Yoga, and in the upcoming year is seeking certification for Yoga. She also enjoys painting abstract pictures, knitting, reading, working out, and napping with her cat, Squeaky. She is currently working to teach her baby African Gray Congo to talk.
Shandi supports many charities with her time and resources. Some of these charities include, but are not limited to, the AIDS foundation, Special Olympics in St. Louis, Variety Club Telethon, Best Buddies International, Gilda's Club.
Shandi is the daughter of Patrick and Linda Finnessey, who have shared 33 years of marriage. She has three older brothers: Shane, 27, Damion, 31, and Paul, 33.
She won the 2004 Miss USA title, as Miss Missouri USA.
Shandi Finnessey: I conquered a fear of heights and water by bungee jumping from a crane over a lake. And if that's not crazy enough, I also wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit.