I reviewed Shannon James' Playmate Preview pictorial on April 22nd, giving it a B- after being pretty impressed with her look as a new, unique breed of Playboy blonde. I also expressed my hope for her PMOM offerings, saying that she could explode as a potential star. Well, turns out I was right.
Shannon's stunning entry as Miss May is full of variety, sex appeal, and overall excitement. So far, 2007 is full of excellent Playmates (Tyran Richard, Heather Smith, Jayde Nicole), and Shannon is no exception. In fact, her internet buzz has reminded many of what's so great in Playboy: being able to discover hidden posing talents.
Howard Stern discovered Shannon on his show, this being the second girl he's found so far. The other was Jillian Grace, who I was a pretty huge critic of because of her lack of any talent whatsoever. This time, he's struck gold.
Featured Pictorial: Shannon James PMOM Pictorial
The main thing about Shannon's pictorial that peaks my interest is the kind of variety that's offered. Shannon starts out, like in other pictorials, with clothes on. But the first photo can't be described... Shannon is tall (5' 8"), slender (34C-23-34), and flawless. Her face and hair are so unique, with some dirty roots extending to platinum blonde perfection.
The pictorial's focus shifts often, going to the billiards room, then right to the ball field. Pic 5 is an excellent clothed shot, subtly showing off Shannon's amazing butt. I think that the main thing that brings together Shannon's look is her hair. It's wispy, not clumped in thick strands. That makes it flutter over her face and make her look very realistic and tangible. Picture 8 is a good sign of that great hair.
As the online pictorial shifts to the non-magazine section, it goes back to Shannon's sexy schoolgirl look. The power of the short, pleated skirt can't be overstated. It's sexy, and looks great on a tall girl like Shannon. The pictorial adds even more variety by putting Shannon in a clear raincoat and wet conditions. All of these combined add lots of depth to her pictorial. After some more photos in the pool room, with Shannon pulling up her skirt and flashing her cute backside, it's all more than I could have asked for.
After all that, Shannon gets into a purple babydoll and a stringy thong, still showing off her amazing fluffy locks of hair.
Looking over the entire, busy pictorial as a whole, it's a pure winner. Playboy's done it perfectly, with awesome photography, editing, and a top-notch model. They took advantage of everything Miss James has to offer. Although it's only the fifth month of the year, she's already my early pick for Playmate of the Year, and I hope there're lots more pictorials of her, since she's shown that she's so versatile that she can keep things interesting picture after picture.
Playmate of the Month May 2006 Pictorial