148 // CHAR­LOTTE’S WEB

Ocean Drive - - Contents - By JARED SHAPIRO pho­tog­ra­phy by RAN­DALL SLAVIN

A blonde bomb­shell who has climbed the mod­el­ing lad­der from Mi­ami to Mal­ibu, Char­lotte Mckin­ney trades in burg­ers for Bay­watch while set­ting her sights on the top of the fashion and en­ter­tain­ment world.

A blonde bomb­shell who has climbed the mod­el­ing lad­der from Mi­ami to Mal­ibu, Char­lotte Mckin­ney trades in burg­ers for Bay­watch while set­ting her sights on the top of the fashion and en­ter­tain­ment world.

Bodysuit, Marika Vera ($95). marikav­era.mx. Se­lena gold hoop ear­rings, Bon­heur ($119). Ca­lypso St. Barth, Vil­lage of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4487642; ca­lyp­sost­barth.com. Belt, Max Mara ($450). Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 109 NE 39th St., 305-770-6200; max­mara.com. Boots, Fausto Puglisi (price on re­quest). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-5326722; faustop­uglisi.com

Alice bikini, Mo­eva ($179). Cristalina, 18407 W. Dixie Hwy., Aven­tura, 786-440-7383; cristali­na­s­tore.com. Shorts, Mis­soni ($955). Fontainebleau Shops, 4441 Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-535-3283; mis­soni.com. Neo tas­sel col­lar, Ed­die Borgo ($675). The Web­ster, 1220 Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-674-7899; theweb­ster.us. Nudewrap san­dals, Stu­art Weitz­man ($455). Brick­ell City Cen­tre, 701 S. Mi­ami Ave., Mi­ami, 786-4822984; stu­ar­tweitz­man.com

op­po­site page: Dress, La Perla ($840). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-8643173; laperla.com. Elle hoop ear­rings ($280) and Lau­rel neck­lace ($198), Bon­heur. Ca­lypso St. Barth, Vil­lage of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4487642; ca­lyp­sost­barth.com

WALK­ING DOWN THE STREET NAKED, hold­ing only a pair of mel­ons, with the eyes of the en­tire world fixed on you may not be your idea of suc­cess. But when you’ve spent the bet­ter part of your life be­ing pointed at, gawked at, and whis­pered about, it’s ac­tu­ally right where you’re sup­posed to be: star­ring in a Carl’s Jr. com­mer­cial that aired dur­ing the Su­per Bowl with 114 mil­lion peo­ple watch­ing.

Grow­ing up in Orlando, drop­ping out of high school at 17, and moving to Mi­ami to be­come a model, Char­lotte Mckin­ney has lived any­thing but the glam­orous life. Bul­lied for hav­ing larger-than-nor­mal “fea­tures” at a young age, she em­braced those as­sets and not only be­came an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion— do­ing every­thing from sell­ing ham­burg­ers to star­ring in mu­sic videos—but she is now set to ap­pear in no fewer than five movies in a one-year span, in­clud­ing May’s much-an­tic­i­pated Bay­watch (with Dwayne “The Rock” John­son) and Mad Fam­i­lies (op­po­site Char­lie Sheen), as well as films with names like Kiefer Suther­land and Har­vey Kei­tel. Throw in head­lin­ing a spring 2017 cam­paign for Guess along­side Joe Jonas, and Mckin­ney is in fact do­ing ex­actly what she set out to do. But it wasn’t al­ways like this, the 23-year-old for­mer Mi­ami It girl ex­plains, when she re­turns home to the town where she got her start.

You dropped out of school at age 17. What was that like? There just wasn’t any other choice. I had re­ally bad dys­lexia and I was fail­ing. If I’d stayed in school, then I would still be in school now. I am much more of a vis­ual per­son and school

“I’M AL­WAYS GO­ING TO BE SEXY, I’M AL­WAYS GO­ING TO HAVE THOSE PHOTO SHOOTS, BUT I’M RE­ALLY LOOK­ING FOR DIF­FER­ENT ROLES.”

Cardi­gan, Polo Ralph Lauren

($498). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-8612059; ralphlau­ren.com. Bra, Eres ($190). The Web­ster, 1220 Collins Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-674-7899; theweb­ster.us.

O-ring but­ton ear­rings ($160) and peaked body chain ($225), Ed­die Borgo. The Web­ster, see above. Ani ring, Bon­heur ($115). Ca­lypso St. Barth, Vil­lage of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4487642; ca­lyp­sost­barth.com Styling by Lysa Cooper Hair by Joseph Maine at Jed

Root Makeup by Tonya Brewer at

Dew Beauty Agency Man­i­cure by Pi­lar Noire for Tom Ford in Toasted Sugar at Nail­ing Hol­ly­wood Styling as­sis­tance by Anas­ta­sya Kolomyt­seva and Bri­ana Sin­gle­ton Lo­ca­tion: SLS Ho­tel, A Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, Bev­erly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los An­ge­les, CA, 310-2470400; slsho­tels.com/ bev­er­ly­hills

was just never re­ally my an­swer, and I knew that at a re­ally young age. My par­ents were freak­ing out—what par­ents want to hear their kid is drop­ping out of school and moving to Mi­ami? But in the end they were help­ful and were be­hind me. They knew I would be suc­cess­ful at what­ever I wanted to do. So yes, I was a dropout.

What gave you that con­fi­dence to say, “Well, at least I can go model.”

I just knew that from see­ing pho­tos and see­ing girls, I had what it takes. I knew I could do it. I was a very de­ter­mined kid, and not only in mod­el­ing; I wanted to break into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Whether it was mod­el­ing or act­ing, I kind of fell in love with it.

Was be­ing dyslexic and want­ing to model and strug­gling in school hard as a teenager?

Ob­vi­ously, I got more at­ten­tion from the male side than from the fe­male side. I didn’t have any girl­friends. A lot of my friends were guys, and I was called a slut by a lot of peo­ple. I was just grow­ing these large breasts at such a young age, not re­ally know­ing what to do with them or how to wear them. So it was def­i­nitely awk­ward.

Were the girls call­ing you a slut?

Def­i­nitely. I also left school be­cause of all of the bul­ly­ing. Girls would yell at me and call me a slut. I would go to par­ties and get beer thrown on my head—there was so much bul­ly­ing. It was just so aw­ful, and that’s why now I kind of use my plat­form to pro­mote anti-bul­ly­ing. I try to use what I went through to be a voice for it, be­cause it’s still hap­pen­ing and get­ting even worse now with so­cial me­dia.

How does dys­lexia af­fect your ca­reer now?

I was al­ways in those slower classes, but I think dys­lexia can also be a [pos­i­tive] thing to have, be­cause you use your brain in a dif­fer­ent way. I don’t find it as some­thing that’s bad.

What was it like moving to Mi­ami at 17 years old?

I was liv­ing on 60th and Collins. And one day I went to ev­ery sin­gle mod­el­ing agency in Mi­ami—ford, Next. I went to small bou­tiques. And ev­ery­one was like, “No, you are too short.” “Your boobs are too big.” But I was like, “Yeah, well, I pho­to­graph well.” I was al­ways bat­tling with these agen­cies, and they were al­ways like no, no, no. But it didn’t stop me. I just kept do­ing photo shoots and meet­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and do­ing my thing. So I was build­ing up a portfolio.

And liv­ing in Mi­ami, where it’s not all work…

I was so young and I loved the feel­ing of be­ing out at night in Mi­ami. I al­ways hung out with the lo­cal vibe, not the touristy places. We would go out to cool bars like Ra­dio, and I al­ways ended up go­ing to Wall on Tues­days. I loved the at­mos­phere there. I felt at home, and it was just al­ways a good time. I would work all week, but then Tues­day night was kind of a Mi­ami, let-your-hair-down night. For din­ner, I love go­ing to Mi­los—that is one of my favorite restau­rants. That’s some­thing I do miss, the en­ergy.

You got your start here in Mi­ami but then wanted to trans­fer into big­ger things?

I was fly­ing back and forth from New York, but there were no big jobs. I knew it could be so much bet­ter. I was still us­ing In­sta­gram as my plat­form, and ul­ti­mately LA just seemed more com­mer­cial, and within a month of liv­ing there I booked Guess.

Al­most ev­ery com­mer­cial, role, or print ad fea­tures one prom­i­nent char­ac­ter­is­tic.

My boobs. I had them at 14 years old. So they are def­i­nitely not en­hanced; they are real. I kind of just al­ways had them.

Would you get a re­duc­tion at some point when you’re older?

I’ve been think­ing about it. They’ve def­i­nitely got­ten smaller from my diet and over time. So I can see my­self get­ting a re­duc­tion or a lift in the fu­ture. What are your thoughts on plas­tic surgery?

If that’s what makes you feel bet­ter, then go for it. But for me, I just don’t see the point. I’ve al­ways said I want to get a nose job, but I think it just makes you lose your face. Some things that aren’t perfect on peo­ple are ac­tu­ally ex­tremely gor­geous. I think we all have funny fea­tures that we don’t like. My nose—one side is re­ally out and the other is re­ally in. I’ve been made fun of for it. But if I changed it, I wouldn’t look like me. That’s a fea­ture [that] makes my face and makes me who I am.

Carl’s Jr. cer­tainly cat­a­pulted you onto an in­ter­na­tional stage.

I’ve done two com­mer­cials for them; the first one was for the Su­per Bowl and it was just amaz­ing. I was just eat­ing burg­ers all day, so of course I had to spit some out or else I would have got­ten re­ally sick. We had a spit bucket be­cause we used about nine burg­ers. They re­ally started my ca­reer, and it was such a huge spot for me and got me to where I am.

But you don’t eat burg­ers any­more?

I quit red meat. I eat chicken some­times. My diet just kind of changed. I don’t do dairy; I don’t do gluten. I have got­ten a lot health­ier. I don’t think I was un­healthy then, but I’m on a good diet plan that re­ally works for me now.

What changes have you seen from your diet?

My boobs de­creased in size—down one size, for sure—be­cause I’m not eat­ing sugar any­more or pack­aged food. It’s funny to see how much food can have an [ef­fect] on your body type.

You’re star­ring in a Guess cam­paign with Joe Jonas and you were in his mu­sic video as well; what’s that re­la­tion­ship like?

Our first time work­ing to­gether, I was half naked, kiss­ing in an el­e­va­tor [in DNCE’S mu­sic video for “Body Moves”], so we def­i­nitely had to get close re­ally fast. [Joe] is a re­ally sweet guy. He’s just a lot of fun. I think we work to­gether re­ally well.

Did you ever think you would be kiss­ing a Jonas brother?

I knew it [would hap­pen] down the line.

Guess has had some iconic women as the face of the brand, from Anna Ni­cole Smith to Clau­dia Schif­fer and more.

It’s the brand that I feel like I be­long to the most. Mar­ciano re­ally em­braces women’s curves, and to me that’s huge. [They’re] my best client, they ad­mire my chest, and they’ve had so many iconic beau­ti­ful women.

What was it like work­ing with Char­lie Sheen?

Mad Fam­i­lies came out last month, and I play Char­lie Sheen’s sis­ter. When I found out Char­lie was go­ing to play the char­ac­ter, I was kind of ner­vous, but then I met him, and work­ing with him has been so much fun. He’s so healthy and so vi­brant. He’s such an awe­some guy, and I had such a fun time shoot­ing with him. I re­ally learned a lot.

You al­ways seem to be naked or half naked; do you em­brace that or would you pre­fer dif­fer­ent roles?

I think that’s what’s com­ing in 2017 that I’m re­ally ex­cited about. I’m al­ways go­ing to be sexy, I’m al­ways go­ing to have those photo shoots, but I’m re­ally look­ing for dif­fer­ent roles that aren’t so com­mer­cial and are a bit cooler. Maybe even an ugly role where I’m not such a glam per­son. I hope to be taken a bit more se­ri­ously.

Some­times you get spot­ted by the pa­parazzi at not-so-glam­orous times; does that come with the ter­ri­tory now?

I know that comes with the busi­ness. I get their job, and I get mine. But lately I’ve just wanted my pri­vacy. I’ve been sick and I don’t want to be in makeup, but no mat­ter what, they still catch me. So that’s some­thing I’m learn­ing to cope with. It can def­i­nitely be tough when you don’t want it.

Are you dat­ing?

I’m sin­gle right now and re­ally en­joy­ing it. A lot of times when I’m in a re­la­tion­ship, I am fo­cus­ing on the other per­son so much. Now I can fo­cus on my work and fo­cus on me.

Top, La Perla ($600). Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305864-3173; laperla.com. Panty, Mon­telle ($12). mon­telle.ca. Se­lena hoop ear­rings ($119) and Irene ring ($170), Bon­heur. Ca­lypso St. Barth, Vil­lage of Merrick Park, 305-448-7642; ca­lyp­sost­barth.com. Wedges, San­toni ($640). Bal Har­bour Shops, 305-613-5911; san­ton­ishoes.com

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