Photographs by Jack Simon
SHAY LAREN is an erotic model and Penthouse Pet. She was recently photographed by Richard Prince for a fine art piece in Playboy. We fell in love with Shay’s killer sense of style and couldn’t wait to shoot her in and around her home in Los Angeles…
Hi Shay. Where did you grow up?
Big Island aka Hawai’i.
Were you into clothes as a kid?
Not really. I grew up with a single mom putting herself through college so money was tight. She made most of my summer dresses from fabrics we picked out together.
How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic. Sometimes I go for classic, other times I’m trendy. It really depends on my mood.
Who are your favorite designers?
Alexander McQueen (may he RIP), Riccardo Tisci, and Ann Demeulemeester to name a few.
Where do you like to shop in Los Angeles?
I never shop at the same place over and over again. Mostly vintage stores or online.
Do you remember your first erotic modeling job?
Yes. It was in Hawai’i. They were black and white photos. Years later I saw them on Mad Men. I remember thinking, “Hey, that’s my first photo shoot. How did they (Mad Men) end up with this?!”
What’s the best part of what you do?
Being my own boss and playing dress up.
What’s the hardest part?
People assuming I’m a porn star.
Do you have an all-time favorite gig?
Any gig that allows me travel is a good gig.
Your skin is so beautiful. What products do you use?
I use a skincare line I discovered while I was working in Australia called Aromatherapy Associates. I like their skin serum and moisturizer.
What are you listening to these days?
I’m all over the place with music. At the moment, I have Grimes, Etta James, The National, Tupac and T. Rex on my playlist.
If you could jump on a plane tonight and go anywhere, where would it be?
Thailand. It’s my favorite place I’ve visited so far.