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Karen McDougal’s career from Playboy Playmate to fitness guru

President Donald Trump’s alleged mistress Karen McDougal has had a long and successful career in modelling, which kicked off in the late 90s.

She famously won Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 1998, just one year after she posed for her first Playboy shoot.

After becoming the first woman to appear on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine in 1999, she got a taste for fitness modelling and expanded her range. 

Early days: Karen McDougal poses with the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner after being voted Playmate of the Year in 1998

Cover girl: The leggy brunette poses next to her Playmate of the Year cover in July 1998

Cover girl: The leggy brunette poses next to her Playmate of the Year cover in July 1998

Party times: McDougal poses with Janes Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell and fellow model Stacy Sanches at the Playboy mansion in 1998

Party times: McDougal poses with Janes Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell and fellow model Stacy Sanches at the Playboy mansion in 1998

Playmate life: Farrell dives into the pool with McDougal and her fellow Playmates 

Playmate life: Farrell dives into the pool with McDougal and her fellow Playmates 

Pin-up: The model poses with fellow Playmates Deanna Brooks, Kalin Olson and Carrie Stevens during a 'pinup girls' to promote an art auction by Hugh Hefner in December 2000

Pin-up: The model poses with fellow Playmates Deanna Brooks, Kalin Olson and Carrie Stevens during a ‘pinup girls’ to promote an art auction by Hugh Hefner in December 2000

Talent: McDougal poses at the Playboy mansion in 2000, a year after landing her first Mens Fitness cover - becoming the first ever woman on the magazine's front page

Talent: McDougal poses at the Playboy mansion in 2000, a year after landing her first Mens Fitness cover – becoming the first ever woman on the magazine’s front page

McDougal poses with Hugh Hefner and U.S businessman George Maloof at an unknown date

McDougal poses with Hugh Hefner and U.S businessman George Maloof at an unknown date

Playboy gal: Karen McDougal had her big break in modelling when she posed for Playboy in 1997 and just one year later, she was awarded Playmate of the Year

Playboy gal: Karen McDougal had her big break in modelling when she posed for Playboy in 1997 and just one year later, she was awarded Playmate of the Year

Bunny: A picture of McDougal from the mid-noughties shows her another Playboy outfit

Bunny: A picture of McDougal from the mid-noughties shows her another Playboy outfit

New career: After appearing on the cover of Mens Fitness in 1999, McDougal established herself as a fitness and bikini model - seen here in 2006

New career: After appearing on the cover of Mens Fitness in 1999, McDougal established herself as a fitness and bikini model – seen here in 2006

Promo Playmate: McDougal attends a golf tournament  at Lost Canyons Golf Club in March, 2007 in Simi Valley, California

Promo Playmate: McDougal attends a golf tournament at Lost Canyons Golf Club in March, 2007 in Simi Valley, California

Posing up a storm: The Playmate strikes a series of poses showing off her behind during the event in 2007, which would have taken place shortly before her alleged breakup with Trump

During the noughties, she modeled frequently for Playboy and other magazines both as a bikini and a fitness model, as well as made appearances in TV commercials and on reality TV.

In June 2006, the 47-year-old met future U.S. President Donald Trump at a Playboy Mansion party, and according to McDougal, they embarked on a ten-month affair.

A few months after she would have broken up with Trump, McDougal started dating Hollywood actor Bruce Willis and the pair were photographed holidaying in Europe.

Leaving her Playboy days behind in the late noughties, McDougal has moved on to writing about beauty regimes, health and training, as well as fitness modelling.

She writes regular columns on beauty and fitness in U.S. magazines and shares inspirational quotes and workout images with her 15,000 Instagram followers.

Claims: McDougal claims to have embarked on a ten-month affair with President Donald Trump, from June 2006 to April 2007

Another famous one: McDougal is photographed with then-boyfriend Bruce Willis, walking on the beach in Saint Tropez, France, in August 2007

Another famous one: McDougal is photographed with then-boyfriend Bruce Willis, walking on the beach in Saint Tropez, France, in August 2007

Fitness first: The former Playmate of the Year attends a Playboy event in Miami Beach, Florida, in 2010, by which point she had established herself as a fitness model

Fitness first: The former Playmate of the Year attends a Playboy event in Miami Beach, Florida, in 2010, by which point she had established herself as a fitness model

Fandom: The model and writer often poses selfies on her Instagram account, pictured herein 2016 during the presidential election campaign

Fandom: The model and writer often poses selfies on her Instagram account, pictured herein 2016 during the presidential election campaign

Fitness guru: Recent images posted to her 15,000 followers on Instagram showcases her fitness prowess and interest in health and training 

Incredible: The 47-year-old recently showed off her gymnastic skills on social media 

Incredible: The 47-year-old recently showed off her gymnastic skills on social media 

Inspiration: The model-turned-fitness-guru poses on a beach in sunglasses and  a top promoting eating raw food

Inspiration: The model-turned-fitness-guru poses on a beach in sunglasses and  a top promoting eating raw food



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