After sheer hard work and dedication to her cause, June Shannon, popularly known as Mama June or Honey Boo Boo’s mom finally got her revenge body. This follows months of intensive dieting and series of surgeries which include body modification procedures. The mother of four now looks like a different person and we totally understand if she chooses to flaunt her newly acquired assets at any slightest opportunity.
Let’s take a closer look at how the tedious journey of body transformation began for Mama June and other facts about her.
Originally named June Edith Shannon, the matriarch of the Shannon family was born on August 10, 1979. Her parents are Melvin Shannon and Sandra Hale and through them, she got two siblings – Joanne “Doe Doe” Shannon and Jimmy Shannon. June is legally blind as a result of childhood cataracts which was not treated.
Though the details of her educational background are not available, it is no secret that she left high school at the age of 14 when it became clear she was pregnant with her first child.
June Shannon Body Transformation
One of the things that made Mama June a media sensation is her unbelievable transformation right in front of our eyes. Weighing 460 pounds at her heaviest as an adult, Mama June faced the fear of being morbidity obese and had to do something to reverse the possibility. Consequently, she went under the knife for bariatric surgery. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure meant taking off some parts of her stomach. A few months down the line, the 2016 venture started yielding results. Mama June lost as much as 300 pounds in body weight and has the surgery and intense dieting to thank for the milestone. She also put in exercise routines with the help of her personal trainer, Kenya Crooks. June now looks very different in her new body and has thus ditched her former size 18 for size 4.
Mama June didn’t stop at just shedding the extra weight, she buttressed it with cosmetic surgery, forking out about $75,000 for procedures like skin removal, breast augmentation, and veneers to perfect her looks. Notably, she did all these to get back at her ex for leaving her and of course, for health reasons.
The unprecedented weight loss birthed the reality TV show, Mama June: From Not to Hot, it was aired on We TV on 24th February 2017, followed by a second installment on 5th January 2018.
Mama June has four children with different men. Her first child, Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell, was born when she was just 15 years old. This caused her to drop out of school and she almost gave the baby up for adoption. David Dunn is the father of June’s first child born on the 28th of August 1994.
Two of June’s daughters (Jessica and Lauryn) share the same father – Michael Anthony Ford. Jessica Louise “Chubbs” Shannon was born on the 12th of October and in the year 1996 while her younger sister Lauryn Michelle “Pumpkin” Shannon joined the family on 7th January 2000. The last of June’s children is Alana Frances “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, born on the 28th of August 2005. Alana’s father is June’s long-time partner, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
June and Mike went their separate ways in 2011 after which she revealed he was cheating on her and that their relationship was an abusive one. Mike is part of her inspiration to get a revamped body which she plans to strut at his wedding.
Garnering fame as a star on reality shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, and for her weight loss journey, Mama June didn’t miss the chance to rake in a lot of money from her endeavors. She has $1.5 million as her estimated net worth which she amassed from the appearances she’s made on shows and other career ventures.
Other Facts About Mama June
1. Most of the men who have been in Mama June’s life are sex offenders, one of whom reportedly abused her daughter Anna.
2. She came out as bisexual in 2015 alongside her third daughter Lauryn. According to June, she has had a few episodes of intimacy with women but has not been in a relationship with any before.
3. In 2012, Mama June became a grandmother to Kaitlyn Elizabeth Clark born to her daughter Anna. She also has another grandchild – Kylee Madison Cardwell, born in 2015 to Anna as well.
4. Her height is listed as 5 ft. 4 in. but her current weight is not known.