- Format: 35mm slide
- Model: Sasha Vinni
- Photographer: Bob Guccione
- Year: 1994
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About Sasha Vinni
To celebrate Russia's fledgling democracy, Penthouse presents the most lovely former comrade, 21-year-old September Pet of the Month Sasha Vinni. Independent, adventurous, outspoken, and young, she embraces the newfound spirit and hope of her motherland. Sasha has become one of the city's most popular models. She has many friends and legions of admirers, but, with her natural shyness, much prefers studying music at the local conservatory.
Her musical expertise helps her to heat up her rare relationships:
"It makes you go in the special mood of seduction, and as you lie in front of the fire, put a little Prokofiev or Rachmaninoff on the machine. Who could resist?"
About Bob Guccione
In 1965, Bob Guccione, a struggling artist with an entrepreneurial imagination, started a magazine called Penthouse. Due to his lack of resources, Guccione personally photographed most of the models for the magazine's early issues. He spent long hours, and sometimes, several days, to complete a photo shoot. Although he had no professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine's pictorials. These images offered more sexually explicit content than other gentleman's magazines of the era, establishing Penthouse as a well known name amongst its competitors.
Although Bob Guccione's formal training amounts to a one-month stint at the Art Students League, his entire life has revolved around the art world since the age of 5, when his aunt gave him a book of impressionist reproduction. As a young man living in Europe and North Africa, he furthered his artistic pursuits by painting and sketching for over 20 years. His sense of light, form, and movement can be attributed to the past 30 years he has spent behind the camera lens. Finally his lifelong acquisition of old-master, impressionist and post-impressionist works has greatly influenced his use of inert color. Although he is known primarily as a businessman, and owner of GMI and its 17 publications, he states that "my greatest passion has always been art."