Bay­watch bomb­shell

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MEET Char­lotte McKin­ney – the self-made In­stafa­mous star fol­low­ing in Pamela An­der­son’s foot­steps. The Los An­ge­les model’s curves first came to the world’s at­ten­tion on In­sta­gram. Just like Kate Up­ton be­fore her, Char­lotte’s bikini snaps be­came a favourite com­puter screen­saver across the world. Now she’s crack­ing Hol­ly­wood with big films like Bay­watch and Flat­lin­ers, as well as be­com­ing an am­bas­sador for health, fit­ness and gen­eral well-be­ing.

The Daily Star spent the day with the beauty in LA, a week af­ter her neighbour and Play­boy im­pre­sario Hugh Hefner passed away.

“It was heart­break­ing to hear, I re­ally ad­mired him,” says the model, whose im­age reg­u­larly adorns the Play­boy web­site. “Play­boy will al­ways be iconic, es­pe­cially in LA.”

With her in­cred­i­ble physique and down-to-earth charm it’s easy to see why Char­lotte has be­come the toast of Tin­sel­town.

But it hasn’t been an easy ride. The 24-year-old ad­mits it was hard “grow­ing up with large boobs” and the bul­ly­ing she re­ceived saw her drop out of school aged 17. But Char­lotte had the last augh, land­ing mod­el­ling con­tracts af­ter post­ing pic­tures of her­self on so­cial me­dia.

“I’m a curvier bomb­shell with big boobs. I’m not high-fash­ion,” she says.

It was a Su­per Bowl TV ad­vert for a burger chain fea­tur­ing strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned ruit over her naked body that cat­a­pulted her to fame in 2015. Since then Charotte’s been on the US ver­sion of Strictly – Danc­ing With The Stars – and ea­tured in pop videos with Joe Jonas.

But she hasn’t for­got­ten where it all started.

“In­sta­gram is like hav­ing an­other job,” she says. “Whether I’m act­ing or mod­el­ling, I’m lucky to have it.

“And for me I want to get even bet­ter at In­sta­gram “My fan base is a lot of men and I want more fe­male fol­low­ers.” Speak­ing of men, she’s dated Hol­ly­wood star Stephen Dorff and even been linked with Clint East­wood’s ac­tor son Scott. But Char­lotte isn’t just in­ter­ested in hav­ing a fa­mous other half. She says: “For me, dat­ing is about be­ing kind. Treat oth­ers with re­spect.” Any­one who does win her over will have to cope with this wo­man’s hec­tic life­style. She starred along­side Char­lie Sheen in com­edy Mad Fam­i­lies ear­lier this year – one of three ma­jor 2017 movies. “I loved work­ing with Char­lie,” she re­calls. “I was able to show off some of my com­edy with him.” She also filmed a sex scene with “charm­ing Bri­tish doll” James Nor­ton in the re­make of Flat­lin­ers. But it was the big-screen Bay­watch movie star­ring Dwayne “The Rock” John­son and Zac Efron, where many Brits first saw Char­lotte in ac­tion. “Dwayne was re­ally fun. So nice to see some­one work a 12hour day and still have time for ev­ery­body. “Be­ing around them was crazy; Zak (Efron) was like eat­ing cel­ery while I ate bagels!” As an LA res­i­dent – the fit­ness cap­i­tal of the world – Char­lotte’s body is a tem­ple. “I was born in Flor­ida and did a lot of par­ty­ing, stay­ing up all night,” she sighs. “But here, clubs close at 2am, so I’m in bed early. I wake up and don’t miss the day.”

Any fol­low­ers of Char­lotte’s In­sta­gram will know she is big on fit­ness and has fallen in love with the new STRONG by Zumba work­out.

“I do a lot of yoga, but for me I re­ally need car­dio,” Char­lotte ex­plains. “And what I like most is the mu­sic STRONG of­fers, it’s so im­por­tant, when I get tired and the legs go, the mu­sic brings me up… I love it.”

Funny

Huge mu­sic stars Tim­ba­land and Steve Aoki have sound­tracked STRONG by Zumba work­outs.

Char­lotte says: “I lived in Mi­ami for a bit and so I was part of the DJ scene for a long time. I like my old skool rap like A Tribe Called Quest.”

With a name like McKin­ney, it’s safe to pre­sume Char­lotte has Ir­ish roots and she’s ea­ger to come to Europe to make her mark here.

“There are so many Brits in Hol­ly­wood it’s funny,” she says. “But I would love to come back to the UK. I went a few years ago to a GQ event. Bri­tish mag­a­zines are cool, I love the cul­ture and how it’s edgy.”

Char­lotte looks at her watch. It must be time to start work­ing off that Kale smoothie she downed with a hike in the Mal­ibu hills.

“You have to find me a part to play on UK TV,” she quips be­fore tight­en­ing her train­ers.

Corona­tion Street cast­ing agents, meet your new Michelle Kee­gan per­haps? ¬

Visit strong­byzum ba.com to find a STRONG by Zumba ses­sion near you.

INSTA-GLAM: Char­lotte first found fame on so­cial me­dia t l t f l f t

JUST SHADING IT: Lovely Char­lotte with the Daily Star’s James FIT’S GREAT: Char­lotte in ex­er­cise mode BUST­ING A MOVE: Film siren Char­lotte. In­set, the model, far right, with Belinda Pere­grín, Dwayne John­son and Iz­abel Goulart on Bay­watch set

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