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Kristina Shannon described herself on Twitter as “Model, Actress, Business Woman, Playmate, Reality Star, Brand, Recording Artist, CEO.”
Though born in Michigan, Kristina and her sister were raised in Clearwater Beach, Florida and attended Largo High School. They were also homeschooled.
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Kristina Shannon has appeared in “The Girls Next Door,” “Celebrity Big Brother” and the film “Somewhere.”
Previous to their fame, they worked as WingHouse servers. They visited California for a photo-shoot after being chosen as finalists for Playboy’s 55th Playmate Search. It was there that they caught Hugh Hefner’s attention (tampabay.com).
They moved into the Playboy Mansion in 2008 as two of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. The twins said the relationship was more for publicity for the show “The Girls Next Door” and fun, rather than sexual in nature.
Said Kristina about her shoot, “We loved to do our pictorial together, because it’s twice as hot.”
In 2008, she and her sister were arrested on suspicion of felony-aggravated battery. They were released after posting $10,000 bonds and were ordered to pay restitution and subsequently given probation.
In 2010, the twins moved out of the mansion, but they still appeared on “The Girls Next Door.” That same year, they threatened to write a tell-all book about Hugh, which never materialized.
As for appearing on television together, Karissa said in 2010, “We’re really, really close. We hang out every day, we talk every day, our goals are the same, and we think the same. We’re actually trying to be more individual as we get older. Now we’re just trying to get people to notice us individually. It’s hard because we are so much the same.” She added, “It’s tough, especially being known as ‘The Twins.’”
Aside from modeling, they like riding water scooters and parasailing. Kristina Shannon is currently single and resides in Beverly Hills, California.