Known for its sultry ads, the most recent Carl’s Jr. commercial features a scantily clad McKinney with the tagline “All Natural” — just like the new grass-fed-beef burger from Carl’s Jr.!
While Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal stole the spotlight in last year’s ad, McKinney is relatively unknown to the general public.
So we did a little research and here’s what we learned:
1. Where does she come from?
McKinney, 21, was born in Orlando, Fl., spent time in Miami, and is currently based in Los Angeles.
2. She dropped out of high school at age 17 after struggling with bullying and dyslexia.
“The girls were rude, they would call me whore, slut, fake boobs, it was brutal, pretty brutal,” McKinney told the Daily Mail. “But it was hard for me, when I was 14 I was growing into my body and I had these boobs, I didn’t know what to do with them! But I just knew I was above it all, I have an older sister, Garland, who has my back and these girls didn’t matter.”
McKinney also struggled with Dyslexia. “I’ve had such a hard time with dyslexia my whole life,” she tells the Daily Mail. “When I was a child I didn’t learn to read until I was a lot older and I was behind in my classes, it was such a challenge. Whenever people talk about dyslexia, it’s important to know that some of the smartest people in the world, major owners of companies, are dyslexic. We just see things differently, so that’s an advantage. I just learn a different way, there’s nothing bad about it.”
But when Charlotte decided to leave school, her parents supported her.
“Most parents would be bummed out, but my parents knew I was on the right track, I knew what I had to do to be successful,” she adds. “I’m only 5ft 7ins tall and for modelling that’s small, so I wasn’t getting signed, but I kept on pushing.”
3. Her big break.
McKinney tells AO-AO: “I didn’t really get discovered for a while, I was just doing everything on my own but recently Paul Marciano contacted me for a GUESS shoot and that’s definitely helped my modelling career a lot more.”
A photo posted by charlottemckinney (@charlottemckinney) on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:24am PDT
4. She has over 274,000 Instagram followers and her large social media following helped her get cast in the Carl’s Jr. ad.
5. She actually ate the burger in the Carl’s Jr. commercial.
“I went for it! I bit into that burger,” she tells Esquire. “They want it to look as real as it can. I definitely got in there. They said usually most of the girls take a lot of bites, but I only did eight. My best bite was my first one. I only took eight bites. I’m a fan of Carl’s Jr. though. I’m from Florida and we didn’t have it out there, so when I came to LA it was definitely a choice I made to eat it.
6. Her dad doesn’t mind the racy ad.
“People will be like, ‘Oh your dad saw it?’ and I’m like, ‘Of course my dad saw it!’ He friggin’ loved it,” she told People. “My dad gets a kick out of anything like that. [My family is] my No. 1 fans, so they just freaked out and called all their friends. Even my grandfather who’s in his 90s got to see it. They all loved it.”
7. She has a part in the upcoming “Joe Dirt” sequel alongside David Spade.
“I play a logger named Missy,” McKinney tells Esquire. “That was so much fun to shoot. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. I don’t want to spoil it all now. It will be out this summer.”
A photo posted by charlottemckinney (@charlottemckinney) on Dec 8, 2014 at 3:34pm PST
8. Here’s how she feels about the Kate Upton comparisons.
“It’s pretty obvious. We both have blonde hair, we’re from Florida, and we have enormous t—,” McKinney tells Esquire. “It’s super-flattering to me. Her career is amazing. But I’m ready to get that tossed away and start making a name for myself. Hopefully we both have a totally different realm of what we’re doing. But it is flattering.”
9. She’s single.
“I’m having fun right now,” McKinney told E! Online’s Marc Malkin. “I’m dating around.” As for what kind of guy she’s looking for, McKinney says: “I like funny. That’s my biggest thing. If I don’t laugh at you and you don’t laugh at me, it’s not going to work.”
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