The Clermont Twins Are Real-Life 'Baddies' — Why Shannade Went to Prison in 2019

The Clermont twins have always been a hot topic of conversation and controversy. Now they’re back on ‘Baddies’ to stir up trouble.

Jamie Lerner - Author

May 24 2024, Published 12:06 p.m. ET

Clermont twins at a Marine Serre photo call
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As we dive into the controversial Zeus Network content, we’re excited to see the Clermont twins back on our screens. Shannade and Shannon Clermont made headlines back when they were on Bad Girls Club Season 14 in 2015 alongside their bestie, Jelaminah, before they were kicked off the show mid-season.

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Now, the Clermont twins are back thanks to the Zeus Network’s Baddies: Caribbean (alongside Jelaminah), but what else have they been up to? And as we’re reminded of their existence, we’re also reminded of Shannade’s 2019 arrest. But why did she go to jail in the first place?

The Clermont twins at Jean-Paul Gaultier event
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Now, the Clermont twins are living their best life as seen on ‘Baddies Caribbean.’

No one thought the Clermont twins would return to reality television after the disaster that was Bad Girls Club. On the show, when the twins and Jela went out for a night at the club, the other girls back at the house sabotaged them by ruining all of their things, from designer bags and clothing to items of sentimental value. But production sided with the girls in the house after the Clermont twins reacted violently.

Hence, the twins and Jela were kicked off the show, but that didn’t stop them from moving forward into the realm of being influencers. With almost 2 million followers on Instagram, the Clermont twins are known for their extensive body modification procedures that included breast enhancements, facial plastic surgery, and plenty of other work.

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But all that work gave them a unique look that has sexual appeal for a large audience, driving collaborations with brands such as Fashion Nova and Mont Boudoir. Plus, they held onto their Bad Girls Club fans thanks to their unabashed ability to say what they think. They aren't afraid to ruffle some feathers. They’ve modeled for Kendra’s Boutique, Y/Project, and even had an OnlyFans at one point.

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Now, they share two dogs, two Yorkshire Terriers named Chase and Chloe, who rotate between Shannade and Shannon’s apartments so that the dogs are never separated. Also, they’re bringing some attention back to themselves by participating in Baddies Caribbean, and we’re eager to see what they do next!

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Shannade Clermont was sent to jail in 2019 because of fraud charges.

In 2019, Shannade made headlines after she tried to commit wire fraud in a strange case that involved sex work, identity theft, and a fatal drug overdose. Basically, Shannade had been hanging out with a real estate broker named James Alesi for an alleged “prostitution date” in 2017. James died of an overdose after the date. But that isn't what Shannade was in trouble for. Instead, she was booked for stealing his debit card information after he passed out.

“I take responsibility for my shameful actions,” Shannade told U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald, as Shannon supported her at her side in the courtroom. “Words can’t explain the sorrow I have in my heart.”

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Shannon and Shannade Clermont in 2019
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After James passed out from a supposed accidental overdose of cocaine laced with fentanyl, Shannade says she didn’t realize anything was wrong besides that he was drunk. Instead, she took his card information and used it to pay rent, phone bills, and clothing, which his family discovered when they were sorting out his estate.

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The worst charge — conspiracy to commit wire fraud — occurred when Shannade “created and used a fake email account in the Victim’s name to falsely represent to third parties that she was the Victim, in order to commit fraud using the Victim’s identity,” according to the Justice Department.

At the time, Shannade was sentenced to 12 months in prison along with restitution and forfeit of over $10,000 — a small price to pay for her crime. She was also placed on parole for three years and was released from FCI Dublin in California after serving just nine months. She and Shannon then began the Clermont Foundation for mental health because of Shannade’s legal journey, when she experienced suicidal thoughts.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call, text, or message the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Dial or text 988, call 1-800-273-8255, or chat via their website.

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