Karen McDougal is an American model, work-out queen and actress. As a model, she appeared in Playboy magazine’s December 1997 issue. She was also named Playmate of the Year of 1998. As an actress, she featured in Charlie’s Angels. But perhaps it is her affair with the US president, Donald Trump that will be her biggest break yet. Read all about it in this article.
Karen McDougal Bio
Karen McDougal was born in Merrillville, Indiana on March 23, 1971. There is no information about her father but her mother’s name is Carol McDougal. Karen also has four siblings – Bob, Dave, Jeff (her older brothers) and Tina (her younger sister). The former Playboy model has a mixed heritage which includes Scottish, Irish and Cherokee Indian. Upon her parents’ separation, her mother remarried when she was nine and Karen, with her siblings had to move to Sawyer in Michigan. She dreamed of becoming a ballerina while growing up and studied ballet and tap dance.
Karen McDougal obtained her high school education from River Valley High School from where she graduated in 1989. Karen was an active student in school and participated in sport, and music competitions. She was a charmer and was nicknamed “Barbie” because of her appeal. She was a band member and a cheerleader for the basketball and football team and also played the clarinet. Karen was also on the volleyball and softball teams. She entered into the Michigan State competition as a clarinettist and won for four consecutive years. After high school, Karen proceeded to college where she earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
She moved to Detriot after graduating from the university to develop a career path for herself. Armed with her degree, she secured a job and started working as a preschool teacher. Following her triumphs in successive swimsuit modelling competitions which she entered and won (from local to international), she was discovered by photographer David Macey. David was a playboy photographer at the time and her career as a model with Playboy unfolded. Karen was Playmate of the Month in the December 1997 issue of the Playboy magazine and in 1998, she was voted Playmate of the Year which earned her a car and a $100,000 cash prize. Karen was also named #2 Playmate of the 1990’s by the magazine subscribers.
Moving away from her time with Playboy, Karen McDougal became a fitness enthusiast and appeared in several men’s fitness magazines including Iron Man. she has not had a “big bang” in her acting career but she is known for roles in The Arena where she portrayed the fierce gladiator woman, Jessamine. She has also had roles in Joe Dirt, Charlie’s Angels, The Girl Next Door, Anger Management, Grind, Wild On (TV), VIP Access (TV) and The Red Carpet (TV). Karen also loves bikes and cars so much that she collects them.
Is Karen McDougal Married?
Karen McDougal is not married and also unattached. She is still very single. Recently, reports about an affair with US President, Donald Trump, surfaced and these were not rumours as she was the source of the whole story. She even gave an interview on CNN, claiming she was in a 10-month romantic relationship with him between 2006 and 2007 and apologised to First Lady, Melania Trump on TV. However, the White House denied the story, claiming it is “fake news”. Karen also dated Hollywood action film actor, Bruce Willis in 2007. The two were seen in several places on vacation hot spots, in the beach, airports with serious PDAs. The story about the relationship remains unknown but we can tell you that they are no more an item.
What is Her Relationship With Donald Trump?
In 2016, a story leaked that claimed that Karen McDougal had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Karen claimed that she met US president, Donald J. Trump, then a rich billionaire and The Apprentice reality TV host, at a party organized by Playboy owner, Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion for contestants on Trump’s show in June 2006. That was the first time they met and a relationship erupted from there and they ended up having sex at The Beverly Hills Hotel. She said that it was the beginning of an affair which would continue for 10 months – between 2006 and 2007. Trump was married at the time to his present wife, Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States.
Karen also claimed Donald Trump offered to pay her after they had sex but she refused the money. The relationship continued and she would be his partner whenever he was in Los Angeles. he soon began to take her with him to events. She said they have sex many times and they met most times at his properties in New Jersey, California and even New York. On getting wind of the story, the American Media Inc (AMI), publishers of the National Enquirer approached Karen with a deal to ‘buy’ the story. The deal took place in November 2016 and was worth $150,000. She wrote the story by her hand in an 8-page document and gave it to her friend, John Crawford, who in turn delivered it to the newspaper. But it was not published. It prohibited Karen from speaking to anyone about the story or she would pay $150,000.
In a CNN interview with host Anderson Cooper on the show, Anderson Cooper 360, Karen claimed to have ended the affair in April 2007 because she felt guilty of what she was doing and apologised to the first lady for the affair with her husband on live TV. She said she never came forward with the story up till now because of the deal she signed. However, she filed a lawsuit in March 2018 against the AMI in court, praying the courts to render her deal with the former “null and void” to enable her to testify.