Kristina and Karissa Shannon
|Kristina and Karissa Shannon|
Karissa (left) and Kristina during Los Angeles Fashion Week (October 13, 2008)
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Candice Cassidy|
|Succeeded by||Kimberly Phillips|
October 2, 1989 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
In 2008, the Shannons moved into the Playboy Mansion as two of Hugh Hefner's three new girlfriends; because of their relationship with Hefner, the Shannons began appearing on the E! network reality television series The Girls Next Door. Despite their "girlfriend" status, Karissa said the relationship she and Kristina shared with Hefner was more for fun and the opportunity to be on the show, rather than romance. The first episode they appeared in attracted 2.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched season premiere in the show's history; five weeks after the premiere, ratings had dropped to 919,000.
The Shannons appeared as Miss July and Miss August 2009 in the combined "summer issue" of Playboy magazine, the double issue was necessitated by financial problems at the publisher. Unlike other previous centerfold twins, they managed to earn two consecutive months as Playmates, but shared a single centerfold. By January 2010, the Shannon twins moved out of the mansion, though they continued to appear in The Girls Next Door.
In 2010 Karissa Shannon attracted some publicity by confirming she had been involved in sex tapes with Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. One sex tape of her and boyfriend actor Sam Jones III was released on DVD by Vivid Entertainment in October 2010 as Karissa Shannon Superstar. In 2011, Karissa and Sam Jones III released the song "Juice and Vodka", which is available on iTunes.
On 5 January 2012, the twins participated in the ninth series of the UK reality show, Celebrity Big Brother in which they came 5th. They also appeared on the companion series to the show, Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
In 2012, based on video and photos of the two (and Shannon's own admission), Kristina was reported to be dating fellow Playmate and 2009 Playmate of the Year Ida Ljungqvist. Ljungqvist was the Playmate of the Month for March 2008. The two met during the period when Shannon (and her sister) were dating Hefner and living at the Playboy mansion.
The Shannons were both charged in January 2008 with aggravated battery after reportedly fighting with two others at a house party. The assistant state attorney filed the charge as felony battery. After pleading no contest, they were put on probation and required to pay restitution.
|2009||The Girls Next Door||Themselves||14 episodes|
|2010||Somewhere||Cindy and Bambi|
|2012||Celebrity Big Brother||Themselves|
|2015||Cocked (TV pilot)||Macy & Stacy|
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