Karen is a mix of Cherokee Indian and Irish descent. Growing up, she studied ballet and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. She also enjoyed tap dancing and was a brownie
Since Playboy, Karen McDougal has become a fitness model and was the first woman to appear on the cover of Men’s Fitness. She’s also been in Muscle & Fitness and Iron Man. Though she was swimsuit model, she doesn’t swim due to aquaphobia.
In 2001, Karen McDougal starred in a direct-to-video film “The Arena.” That same year, Playboy readers voted her the #2 Playmate of the 90s. In 2002, Playboy released a doll based on her likeness. In 2007, Karen was romantically linked with actor Bruce Willis. The couple has since broken up.