January 2004 PLAYBOY PLAYMATE
Colleen Shannon DATA SHEET
BIRTHPLACE: Anchorage, Alaska
BUST: 34 C
HEIGHT: 5′ – 2"
WEIGHT: 107 lbs
AMBITIONS: To challenge my creativity through art, film, music and photography.
TURN-ONS: Vinyl, positivity, supportiveness, artistic abilities, sense of humor.
TURN-OFFS: CDs, negativity, a bad kiss.
IF I HAD MORE TIME I WOULD: Lock myself in my room and spin more.
FAVORITE FOODS: Sushi, pizza, candy.
THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE I’VE HAD SEX: A lady never tells.
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Colleen Shannon BIO
The exhaustive search for our 50th Anniversary Playmate took Playboy all over North America, as they feverishly collected test shots of nearly 10,000 hopefuls. This Miss January not only needed to shine alongside the classic beauties of Playboy’s past but also had to represent the ideal for the next half century of centerfolds.
Three lucky screeners picked the finalists, leaving 50 gorgeous ladies for Hef’s perusal. When they finally told 25-year-old Alaska native Colleen Shannon that she has won the title, she responds with gracious words: “I feel blessed, because I wanted to be a part of Playboy for the longest time,” she says. “I had a friend whose dad collected all the issues from the 1970s and 1980s. The girls in them were so beautiful, so classy. Now everything that I wished for has happened. It’s so surreal.” Colleen moved to California 10 years ago after a childhood spent on one of Alaska’s tiny Aleutian Islands. “I lived on a fishing boat while my dad built a beautiful house for us on Pelican Island, where about 300 people live,” she says. “There were no cars, no fruit – we had to drink Tang and powdered milk. It was wild.”
Though Miss Shannon now resides in more cosmopolitan Los Angeles, she hasn’t necessarily given up the wild life. You may recognize Colleen from music videos by Crazy Town, Blues Traveler and Smash Mouth. She also keeps the music pumping as a DJ spinning at L.A. clubs and as a guest DJ at events like MTV’s spring break special in Cancún. “A few years ago my boyfriend at the time gave me a hundred records, and I borrowed my friend’s turntable and started playing around,” she says. “Music is the only thing that has ever given me chills through my body. I change my style every year, so I don’t specialize in one type of music. I’ve done hip-hop, jungle, disco, reggae and techno. There are so many different ways you can blend music. If you feel it, the people on the dance floor are going to feel it.”