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S.I.N. SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK! Kelly Shibari Featured as First-Ever Plus Size Model in Penthouse Magazine

S.I.N. SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK! Kelly Shibari Featured as First-Ever Plus Size Model in Penthouse Magazine


Kelly Shibari
is featured as the first-ever plus size model featured in Penthouse Magazine. In a gorgeous multi-page pictorial for its Pop Shots project, the circus-themed images were shot by world renowned photographer Tommy O and art directed by pop culture icon Jim Rose.

Shibari initially made history in June 2014, as the first plus size model ever to appear in a mainstream gentlemen’s magazine, when she was featured on the cover of Penthouse offshoot Penthouse Forum. The issue was met with resounding positive attention from both adult and mainstream media.

“For Penthouse, 2015 has been a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the magazine, and of its mission to honor the grace and allure of the female form,” says Managing Director Kelly Holland. “’Pop Shots,’ which features artists and cultural icons depicting their personal vision of beauty, has been a large part of that Golden Jubilee, and over the past year and a half it has resulted in a series of visually inventive, stunning, and stimulating layouts.”

Holland continues, “We couldn’t be happier with where our guest art directors have taken us, and the groundbreaking pictorial by sideshow impresario Jim Rose in the January 2016 issue is no exception. Jim brought out the strength, sensuality, and sexual appeal of all his models — BBW star Kelly Shibari, Giraffe Woman Sydney V. Smith, and adult actress Sarah Jessie — allowing Penthouse to once again showcase the multifaceted magnificence of women in the modern world.”

Of Shibari, Jim Rose says, “Kelly has a traditional strength, and she’s really intelligent. I just think of a mother seeing a child getting hit by a car, and being able to lift that car off that child, by summoning that kind of adrenaline and energy. I’ve always gotten the sense she can do that – that she has the mental strength to be able to channel her energy in herculean ways.”

“Kelly’s confidence, poise, and professionalism can be an example to models of any size,” adds Tommy O. “No sideshow for her; in our ‘Three Ring Circus’ shoot, Kelly definitely takes Center Ring!”

“I’m over the moon!” says Shibari. “I was so thrilled with how my Penthouse Forum issue was received by the public – there’s always some trepidation when you break into new territory, to an audience who is not used to seeing a plus size woman on their magazine’s pages. For Penthouse to then have me in their flagship publication is amazing. I am beyond grateful, and doubly so, for having Jim [Rose] conceptualize this shoot. He is someone whom I cherish dearly, and for whom I am so happy to have been able to model.”

The January 2016 issue hits stands nationwide December 22. To view past Pop Shots collaborations, order back issues, read online articles, and more, visit http://penthousemagazine.com.

A promotional tour starts today, with a full day of interviews in Los Angeles, followed by a weeklong media tour in New York, ending with an issue release party. For more information, fans may follow the highly accessible Kelly’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Her NY media and appearance schedule will be released shortly.

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