Before being featured as one of Cutty Sark's Girls on Ships, she was Playboy Magazine's 1998 Playmate of the year Karen McDougal. And before that, she was a 27-year-old preschool teacher. Karen never dreamed that she would ever receive so much attention for posing for the magazine as Miss December, 1997, and later go onto fame as Playmate of the Year. Along with her title, she took home a $100,000 check and a silver Shelby Series, which she can be seen posing next to in the July 1998 issue of Playboy. The Shelby Series adds to her already full garage, containing a BMW 528 and a Toyota Camry. Guys interested in Karen, take note: she is not looking to get married any time soon, and is instead focusing on her career. Her secret dream is to be an actress and then take all the money and invest it in a child education center.
How has your life changed since becoming a Playmate?
Since becoming a Playmate, I think my life has changed a lot in the fact that when you go places now, people know you - with or without makeup. It's amazing. You can look like a bum and they're, like, "hey, I know you." But you have no social life for a while. Now my Playmate of the Year is over, so I'm getting back to normal. It's great.
What's the best thing about being a Playmate?
The best thing about being a Playmate? Um...Can you ask something else?
Are there any downsides to being a Playmate?
I think the only downside about being a Playmate is all the traveling you do. You don't have the time to spend with your family, friends, your boyfriend...whatever...but it's not that bad. You just don't get any sleep and they want you to look good and you really can't on two hours of sleep a night.
Do you play any Sports?
I don't play any sports now. I played softball but then I broke my foot and I haven't played since...so I'm sort of afraid to go back and try.
How about watching Sports?
I do watch sports. I love football and basketball. I love to go to baseball games. I love to play volleyball although I haven't played lately. I workout, so I think that's my favorite sport of all.
If you owned a bar, "Karen's Bar," what would it be like?
If I owned a bar, "Karen's Place," I think it would be full of people with good attitude...Not your typical LA bar where it's out to be a scene..."Who are you?"...It's only gonna be people that are nice and down to earth, those are the people who can get in...So a very fun, great atmosphere...Just quality people...People are important.
Do you remember your first Kiss?
Do I have to tell you that? My first good kiss was actually in church. We were sitting in the back of the pew. way in the back, you know, by the door. We were praying and the pastor was praying out loud and this boy turned to me and I turned to him...we're, like, "oh," and we just kissed. That was our first kiss.
What Qualities do you look for in a Man?
We'll start with the inside first. They have to be loyal, down to earth, loving people, and respect me for who I am and not ask me to change for them. They have to have a sense of humor. I love a man with a sense of humor...A man willing to participate in everything and just have fun, be spontaneous, gentle, kind...everything all in one. As far as looks go, he's got to have blue eyes and well, you know, inside is more important. So, we'll stop there.
What do you think about being a CUTTY GIRL?
When I went to the audition, I was a little nervous. I thought, "Wow, I could never look like a Vargas girl." I was excited when I got the job, and today (shoot day), I'm having a great time, I think it's wonderful. I love these outfits that we're wearing today. Sort of that cute, girl next door...fifties...you know, the Vargas girl...So, it's really exciting to be doing this because I've never been made to look like this and I love it. I think it's great. I want to see the prints, and hopefully be known as the Cutty Sark girl...So, we'll see where it goes.