|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Shannon LaRhea Marketic
January 14, 1971
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Title(s)||Miss California USA 1992
Miss USA 1992
|Miss California USA 1992
Miss USA 1992
Miss Universe 1992
A few years later, Marketic won the Miss California USA 1992 title, and went on to represent California in the Miss USA 1992 pageant, which was broadcast live from Wichita, Kansas in February of that year. She placed second in semifinal interview, sixth in swimsuit and evening gown, which allowed her to advance as one of the Top 6 finalists of the competition with the third highest semi-finals average score. After answering the judges' questions, she went into the final 3 in second place, eventually winning the Miss Photogenic award and the Miss USA title.
Sultan of Brunei incident
In 1997 Marketic sued Jefri Bolkiah, Prince of Brunei, claiming that she and other women were hired for promotional work but instead held as a "virtual prisoner", drugged and sexually abused. The Sultan denied the claims. Marketic's lawsuit named Miss USA 1997 Brandi Sherwood as also being a victim, however Sherwood declined to file her own lawsuit. After 18 months of litigation, a judge dismissed the suit on the grounds that the Sultan had sovereign immunity as head of state.
- "California Student Crowned Miss USA". New Straits Times. 10 February 1992.
- "Miss USA '92 recalls title she won, then lost". The Kansas City Star. 1992-02-09. p. A6. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- "New Miss USA once gave up teen state title". The Victoria Advocate. 9 February 1992.
- "New Miss USA displays sense of humour". Lawrence Journal. 10 February 1992.
- "Former Miss USA sues Sultan of Brunei over sex". The Nation. 9 March 1997.
- "Former Miss USA wants court to have jurisdiction over Brunei prince". Gadsden Times. 17 December 1997.
- "Sultan denies he kept girl as slave". The Free Lance-Star. 5 March 1997.
- "Media frenzy follows suit of ex-Miss USA". The Nation. 6 March 1997.
- "Miss USA won't sue Sultan of Brunei". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. 4 June 1997.
- Graves, David (19 March 1998). "Of Sultans and Swinging". The Age.