Kristina and Karissa Shannon

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Kristina and Karissa Shannon
Karissa and Kristina Shannon 2008.jpg
Karissa (left) and Kristina during Los Angeles Fashion Week (October 13, 2008)
Playboy centerfold appearance
July/August 2009
Preceded byCandice Cassidy
Succeeded byKimberly Phillips
Personal details
Born (1989-10-02) October 2, 1989 (age 33)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.

Kristina and Karissa Shannon (born October 2, 1989 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) are American glamour models, Playboy Playmates, and twin sisters.


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;[1] five weeks after the premiere, ratings had dropped to 919,000.[2]

The Shannons appeared as Miss July and Miss August 2009 in the combined "summer issue" of Playboy, a combined issue necessitated by financial problems at the publisher.[3] The two shared a single centerfold, becoming the only twins to be designated Playmate of the Month for two distinct months.[citation needed] By January 2010, the Shannon twins moved out of the mansion, though they continued to appear in The Girls Next Door.

The twins had small roles in Somewhere, a film directed by Sofia Coppola which won top honors at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010.[4]

Karissa Shannon attracted some publicity by confirming she had been involved in sex tapes with her boyfriend actor Sam Jones III and Heidi Montag.[5][6] The twins are now housemates on Celebrity Big Brother 2012 UK.


The Shannons were charged in January 2007 with aggravated assault after reportedly fighting with two others at a house party. They were put on probation and required to pay restitution.[7]

Karissa Shannon was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge in November 2007.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Girls Next Door Themselves 14 episodes
2010 Somewhere Cindy and Bambi
2012 Celebrity Big Brother Themselves


  1. ^ "Cable Ratings: 'Knocked Up', New 'Girls Next Door,' Propel E!". Broadcasting & Cable. 2009-10-12. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "Sunday cable finals: World War II in HD beats Curbed, Dexter, Prisoner and Californication". November 18, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hugh Hefner sells LA property as financial crisis hits Playboy". The Daily Telegraph. London. August 11, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' Wins Venice Film Festival Top Prize". Bloomberg. September 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Gensler, Howard (August 23, 2010). "More tawdry tales from the Spencer & Heidi show". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Playmate in Pratt-Montag sex tape". Toronto Sun. August 22, 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  7. ^ a b MILLER, KORIN (October 10, 2008). "Double trouble! Playboy Hugh Hefner's new twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon have arrest records". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2009-05-28.