Charlotte McKinney was in last year’s edition of Maxim’s Top 100 World’s Most Beautiful Women. She joined the likes of Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Upton and many other household names in the annual special issue of that magazine. A well deserved spot if I might say so myself.
The sad thing is because Charlotte McKinney isn’t as big as her Hollywood compatriots, Ms. McKinney’s photo in that issue was not as big as the more popular women mentioned above – it was a mere 3” x 3” pic! I don’t know who did the layout for that page but someone has to knock some sense into his head. We, the readers deserve a larger photo of her!
But at the risk of sounding weird, I am reminded of one of Nicholson Baker’s sex-as-subject novels – lemme see, was it Vox or the one after that? Ah who cares!
In that book the main character admits to getting turned on and, you know, getting off on a model’s photo that’s just a few inches in size. In other words, it’s not the size of the photo, it’s the effect. I guess Charlotte McKinney’s photo did have an effect on me even though it was too tiny for my taste. I’m writing about her now aren’t I?
In that single photo, in which Charlotte McKinney is in a bubbly bathtub with her cleavage very clearly uncovered (but not totally visible), the effect is unequivocally felt. The effect could be many fold: One might get the feeling of wanting to get into the tub with her, while someone else might want to see the other parts of her body – why not a leg hanging outside the tub instead of that elbow? Me, I choose to get wet with her. For hygienic purposes of course!
Before we get carried away by our imagination, and before you look for that issue of Maxim if you neglected to buy it that month, let’s learn what else is there to know about Charlotte McKinney.
Charlotte McKinney is a native of Orlando, Florida. She’s the ideal underdog: ideal because in her own words, she’s a “bombshell with extremely big boobs” and underdog because she had dyslexia and had dropped out from high school because of that. It’s a classic blonde airhead bombshell story: the lack of brains and an over abundance of beauty usually leads to careers under the spotlight.
But, I wouldn’t say she’s dumb or an airhead though. After all, she did make something of herself and that in itself takes some shrewd thinking and strategic planning. Let’s just say I always root for the underdog and I love people who failed to secure a college degree yet improvised and made something out of their lives. McKinney’s way was to make use of Instagram to her advantage and post her winning qualifications for fame.
Like most Instagram stars, she started out taking photos of herself using her cellphone’s camera and uploading it on her account to entice people (mostly guys) to follow her. Surprisingly, a vast majority of her followers are female which says something about her beauty being so universally acceptable that both genders find her overly attractive.
She wasn’t an overnight success though. It took a couple of failed starts before her career as an Instagram star finally took off. Busy schedules, trying to juggle her education, attending social events and trying out for model spots in her hometown took the majority of her time. At that time, her bid to become an Instagram sensation was something of a personal pursuit.
It finally paid off when she was later profiled in Esquire. Her Instagram posts had garnered her a lot of fame through word of mouth and sharing of her pics amongst boys and girls who loved her posts. At this time she had also managed to secure spots as a model for photo shoots so she’d be posting behind the scenes photos of herself during the shoot. She opened her life up to her followers and her fans reciprocated by sharing her until she became what she always wanted which was to become an Instagram sensation.
Offers started coming in left and right and her personal hobby of taking photos of herself turned into a more serious career. She hired a photographer to take professional photos of her in various poses (mostly sexy poses) and those became quite a hit. She still has a photographer or two in tow today who’s a part of the entourage and she doesn’t have to take the photos herself now. There’s also another guy working as her social media manager whose basic job description is to pick out the best photos of her out of the many hundreds taken on a daily basis and post it on her Instagram account. He basically gets to see a lot of pictures of her before we get to see them. He filters out the acceptable and unacceptable photos. An accidental nip slip is considered a bad photo whereas A well positioned exposure of her boobs are considered okay to post. I bet there are a lot of wardrobe malfunctions we don’t get to see because he’s censoring them. Lucky guy.
By then you would have thought she would be a sure winner from then on. But she became a loser again when she participated in season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars,” partnering with Keoikantse Motsepe, being the second pair to be eliminated and finishing at 11th place. But then again, McKinney would go on to win roles in such films as the movie version of “Baywatch,” and “Flatliners.”
Overall it’s been a long journey and a hard battle for Charlotte McKinney to secure a successful career with all the stops and starts with her career and her natural “defects”. Having overcome all these obstacles makes her a winner for me though and not an underdog as she claims to be.
She has gone from a relative unknown with no clear career prospects in sight except to become a pretty face in the spotlight to an actual career model, magazine photo shoot favorite and movie star playing minor roles. If she keeps it up, she’s going to be a really big star and the word underdog will never be part of her vocabulary again.
And maybe, in the near future, we’ll see a bigger photo of her alongside the Top 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World list. Hopefully it won’t be another teeny tiny 3 x 3 again!
And just in case you’re not fully sold on following her on Instagram, here are some pics she’s posted for her followers to enjoy (and some that were leaked)! You can bet there’s more where that came from.