She is a retired American model, actress, television personality, and singer.
She became Playmate of the Year in 1982.
In 1982, Shannon began her film career and also appeared in the soap opera 1981.
Her mother, Kimberly Schmid, lived in Vietnam, and is of Chinese ancestry, while her father, Winston Barrett Munn, is from a family with deep roots in the American South.
She chose to begin a solo singing career with the album Barbi Doll released from Playboy Records.
Tia moved to Los Angeles and continued her ascent in the acting world with a series regular role on General.