Born: June 1, 1970
Current residence: Bordeaux,
Height: 5´10" (1.75 m)
(88 cm), 24" (61 cm), 34.5" (88 cm)
Interesting facts: Married
with René Bosne
She spent her childhood in a village called Voorburg. Karen's younger
sister, Saskia, lives in Paris where she is taking acting classes and
she has even just got part in a motion picture. Saskia also models from
time to time, but does not wish to be a model, what she loves most is
acting. Karen's father works as a tax inspector and her mother raised
their two daughters. What Karen remembers about her childhood? Loving
parents and values such as respect and tolerance that prevailed at home.
What about your career?
"I was always very attracted to the fashion world, when I was a teenager
I loved looking at the fashion magazines and I knew everything about designers,
beauty tips, etc... My career in the modeling business started with a
beauty contest organized by Elite 'The Look of the Year'. The story is
rather funny. I was in the South of France with my parents on holidays
and I saw in a magazine an advertisement for the contest; meanwhile back
in Holland, a good friend of mine sent some pictures of me and I had the
good surprise when I came back from my vacations to find a letter from
Elite... So here I go with my pair of jeans, my sneakers and my braces
to Amsterdam full of ambitions.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, there were something like 50 other contestants
with long beautiful hair, in mini skirts and all made up. In the evening
they announced the winner. As I was walking on the catwalk, I still could
not believe that I was the big winner. They offered me a car that I sold
right away because I didn't have my driving licence at that time. I then
went to the big contest 'The Look of the Year' and was second. Two weeks
later, I was in Paris and started working for 'VOGUE', 'ELLE' and 'MARIE-CLAIRE'.
My worst memory was one of my first job for 'ELLE': the model they had
booked did not show up, so at the last minute they call my agency and
When I arrived on the shoot, I found out that I had to pose in lingerie,
there was nothing see through or vulgar but I was just paralyzed and could
not move. After four hours of make-up and hair preparation and half an
hour of shoot, they sent me home. Once I was finally able to fight my
shyness, everything started to work for me. I think I mainly succeeded
in the business because I had the luck to be at the right place at the
right time. I think of myself as someone very lucky, I have had the chance
to work with the best designers and photographers."