This week we sit down with petite brunette Cybergirl Dakota Shannon to talk about sex, dating and a few of her favorite things...
Playboy.com: How did you get started posing for Playboy?
Dakota: I've had the privilege of working with Jose Luis for about a year now, and he called me one day while I was at a rodeo in North Dakota and he asked if I wanted to shoot for Playboy.com and Playboy Plus. I jumped at the opportunity and counted down the days until my shoot date.
Playboy.com: What unique things do you bring to Playboy.com?
Dakota: I'm a country girl, born and raised in South Dakota. I bring the dirt and grit, I suppose! [laughs]
Playboy.com: Which physical feature do you most often get complimented on?
Dakota: My legs! They look long in pictures so people always assume I'm taller; probably about 80 percent of the shoots I show up to, the photographer says, "Hmm, I thought you'd be taller."
Playboy.com: Do you have a favorite behind-the-scenes story from a photo shoot?
Dakota: Probably the best one is from a couple of years ago. It was a complete disaster: the makeup artist made me look like a china doll, I forgot my heels, I left my agility bracelet on for all my pics and we had to cut it short because the photographer got food poisoning. It was a bad day! But I made some cool friends.
Playboy.com: Aside from modeling, what are you focusing on?
Dakota: I've decided to go into acting. So far I've been surrounding myself with some very talented individuals in the industry, ranging from producers to actors, to become fully aware of every aspect of what it takes to dedicate yourself to this. I'm very impressed and inspired with whom I've met so far, and it helps with modeling as well as far as being able to pose more naturally and confidently with whatever type of shoot I'm doing.
Playboy.com: What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Dakota: Be creative! I don't care what we do, so long as you put a little thought into it I'll be happy; I'm easy to please.
Playboy.com: When do you feel the sexiest?
Dakota: This is probably odd, but I feel sexiest when I'm on the tractor, covered in grease, because I know that if any guy drives by and sees me he's going to be like, “Whoa, that chick is badass!” [laughs] I think hardworking women are sexiest, and I know plenty!
Playboy.com: What’s one thing you think all men should know?
Dakota: I gave up on men as far as expecting them to know what to do with me! [laughs] Just know that every woman is different so don't compare us to your ex, or if you do, don’t tell us you’re doing it because there's nothing more unattractive than hearing "Ugh, my ex used to do that."
Playboy.com: What qualities drive you wild in a man?
Dakota: I just like to see guys in their element, doing their thing. What drives me wild, though, is a guy who smells good. Biggest turn-on ever!
Playboy.com: How do we win your heart?
Dakota: Bring me coffee. That’s it. That’s all I want!
Playboy.com: What’s the best date you’ve ever been on? The worst?
Dakota: The best date I've ever been on is when my ex-husband took me to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and we took a ski lift up to this restaurant and he had to carry me because I wore heels, not knowing we were doing this. [laughs] The worst date was in college in North Dakota (it was minus 12 degrees outside) and the dude’s car quit and we had to push. Brrr…
Playboy.com: If you could go on a date with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Dakota: Gaspard Ulliel from the movie Hannibal Rising. Oh...my...goodness. The things I'd do. Just kidding…kidding/not kidding!
Playboy.com: What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
Dakota: I'm scared of the dark; I either need a night light or I have to sleep with my head under the covers.