Karen McDougal is an American actress and model, most famous for her works with Playboy magazine and her much-publicized affair with Donald Trump. Despite being subjected to the limelight in multiple stages of her career, McDougal has been noted for keeping much of her personal life private.
The Early Life of Karen McDougal
— Karen McDougal (@karenmcdougal98) June 14, 2018
Karen McDougal was born to her parents on March 23, 1971, in Merrillville, Indiana. As a child, she received training in ballet and top dance. McDougal was also a part of her high school cheerleading squad and even played softball. Karen majored in Elementary Education from Ferris State University at Big Rapids, Michigan and taught pre-kindergarten before starting her modeling career.
The Career of Karen McDougal
While teaching pre-kindergarten after her college graduation, Karen McDougal was persuaded by her friends to take part in a swimsuit competition which made her choose to model as a career. Her first professional gig as a model was as a promotional model for Harley-Davidson Bike Show in Detroit. McDougal then won a local swimsuit competition and caught David Mecey’s attention. Mecey who was a photographer for Playboy at that time approached her for a test shoot for Playboy and she was quickly selected as a model for the magazine. She was also named Playmate of the Year in 1998 and reportedly got a cash prize of $100,000 along with a special edition Silver Shelby Series 1 convertible with a customized number plate for winning the title.
In March of 1999, McDougal became the first woman to be featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine and then started to focus her career in the fitness modeling sector. She made it to the cover of multiple health magazines. McDougal has publicly stated that her move into the fitness modeling business was completely unintentional.
Karen McDougal has also appeared in multiple movies and TV shows. She made her screen debut with The Arena. The movie was a failure, both critical and commercial, but has been regarded as a lesser-known cult film by many after its release. She even tried out to be a part of WWE during WWE Diva search and despite having initial success, was later eliminated. Since then, McDougal has hosted various TV shows like VIP Access (on Showtime) and even appeared on The O’Reilly Factor. Her movie cameos include Charlie’s Angel, Joe Dirt, Grind, and The Girl Next Door.
Personal Life and Net Worth of Karen McDougal
Karen has been known to keep her personal life hidden from the public. She was even rumored to have dated Bruce Willis for a while. Her affair with a then married Donald Trump became public before the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign. McDougal had reportedly charged $150,000 for exclusive rights to the story but the story was never published. Donald Trump’s team denied the claims but McDougal has since been very vocal about her affair with Trump. She has said Trump
reached out to her many times and even paid her for sex. She even mentions that she has met several members of Trump’s family including his two sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. But White house has responded saying McDougal’s all the claims are fake, even President Trump says he never had a relationship with McDougal. This news came out just two days after it was reported that Michael Cohen paid another woman Stormy Daniels $130,000. Karen McDougal has an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars. She has not yet disclosed her salary.
Interesting Facts about Karen McDougal
- Karen is an avid collector of motorbikes and cars.
- She has been registered as a voter for the Republican Party.
- Karen had breast implants which she removed because of increased risk of breast cancer.
- When joining Playboy, McDougal listed her birthplace as Gary, Indiana which is very close to her actual birthplace.