- Karen Mulder
name = Karen Mulder
imagesize = "150"
birthdate = birth date and age|1970|6|1
Vlaardingen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
height = height|meters=1.78
haircolor = Blonde
eyecolor = Blue
measurements = (cm) 85-60-86 (in) 33½-23½-34
dress size = (US) 4 ; (EU) 34
shoesize = (US) 8 ; (EU) 39
Den Haagand Voorburg, Mulder's father, Ben, is a tax inspector and her mother, Marijke, is a secretary. Karen has a younger sister, Saskia, who became an actress after a stint studying economics. In 1985, her family went on a camping trip in the south of France. She saw an ad for Elite Model Management's 'Look of the Year' contest in a newspaper. A friend took some photographs she had of her and sent them in to the Elite contest without her knowledge. She tried out at the preliminary contest in Amsterdamand won, which sent her on to the finals of the 'Look of the Year' contest. She went on to second place in that contest and off to Parisfor her first modeling shoot. She then left high school to travel to Italywith her mother for a formal photo shoot, and then to Paris for modeling school, where the Elite modeling agency took over her career.
By her second year on the runway, she was modeling for Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Versace, and
Giorgio Armani. She appeared on the cover of "Vogue" and before long, landed a contract for Guess in 1991 when she was 21 years old. During the following three years, Karen climbed the steps to supermodelstatus, learning along the way. The first important steps in her career were a British "Vogue" cover shot by Tyen and a Niveaadvertising campaign.
Campaigns she appeared in included Calvin Klein,
Claude Montana, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint-Laurent's Rive Gauche fragrance, as well as Guerlain, Chloé, Revlon, Jacques Fath, Gianfranco Ferrè, Gianni Versace, Chaneland Herve Leger. Karen has worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers, including Javier Vallhonrat, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Max Vadukul, Gilles Bensimon, Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Robert Erdmann, and Arthur Elgort.
One of the first issues of "Top Model" magazine was entirely devoted to Mulder along with an entire issue of "
Italian Vogue". Her two appearances in the " Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue" in 1997 and 1998 and her poses for the Victoria’s Secretcatalogue made Mulder a household name.
Called "The Blonde With Class" by "Vogue" editors, she went on to share catwalks with top models such as
Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. Together with a few other models, including her best friend Carla Bruni, these women were the fashion industry's elite. At one point in her career she was earning up to £10,000 a day. Mulder retired from modeling in 2000.
After her retirement in 2000, Mulder tried other career paths. She branched out into acting, making her debut in the French short film "A Theft, One Night" in 2001. She also pursued a career in music but had limited success. Her first effort at establishing a music career was her cover version of
Gloria Gaynor's "I Am What I Am", which appeared on the French musiccharts for a time in the summer of 2002.
In 1988, at the age of 18, Mulder married French photographer
Rene Bosne. By 1993, her marriage had fallen apart and they divorced. Mulder says her life changed in 1993 when she was shuttling from airport to airport with almost no time at home. She then met real estate developer Jean-Yves Le Furin the waiting area of a Paris airport. Soon they became engaged.
Le Fur began to manage Mulder's off-the-runway career. In 1995, he collaborated with
Hasbroon a Karen Mulder doll, which spurred development of an entire line of dolls modeled on the day’s supermodels. Le Fur and Mulder then did an infomercialand video. Mulder's favorite project she worked on was a beauty and fashion CD-ROM, in which she gave makeup, beauty, and exercise tips. In 1995, she bought a châteauin France and set up a scheme to provide holidays there for underprivileged children.
In 1997, Mulder said she planned to "spend most of the year at home in
Monacowith Yves" (and supermodel neighbors Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schifferand Eva Herzigová). But soon after this, their engagement broke up.
Depression, Breakdown, and Suicide Attempt
In April 1998, Mulder announced she was thinking of quitting modeling and revealed some of her true feelings. "From the beginning, I hated being photographed," she told reporters at the time. "For me, it was just an assumed role, and in the end, I didn't know who I really was as a person. Everybody was saying to me, `Hi, you're fantastic.' But inside, I felt worse from day to day." Fact|date=February 2008
After leaving the modeling industry, Mulder took singing lessons and tried acting but spent a lot of time traveling, often with her new boyfriend, a wealthy
Colombiannamed Julio Mario Santo Domingo, whom she dated until February 2001. Although she had been happy to stop modeling, she later told the press that working had been a convenient way to avoid her problems. "My job distracted me from my worries," she told a French magazine. "It enabled me not to be myself, to pretend I was someone else. But when my energy was no longer directed toward this one goal to meet, the anguish caught up with me." Fact|date=February 2008
In 2001, Mulder alleged she and other girls were used as sex slaves by senior figures in the police and
French government. She also filed a rapecomplaint in France against Prince Albert of Monaco.
October 31, 2001, Mulder claimed during a taping of the French channel France 2 show "Tout le Monde en Parle" (Everyone is Talking About It) hosted by Thierry Ardisson, and with a live audience in the studio, that various people, including top executives at her former agency, Elite, and Prince Albert of Monaco, had tried to rape her. Moreover, Mulder said that her own father had hypnotized her from the age of two and then raped her.http://www.fashionwindows.com/fashion_models/2001/mulder.asp] The producers of the show deemed her emotionally unstable and did not broadcast the interview. Not only was the show never aired, but the entire recording was erased.
Days later, Mulder repeated her allegations, this time to a weekly magazine in an interview conducted in her Paris apartment. Within hours of the interview, her sister Saskia arrived and took her to Villa Montsouris, a
psychiatric hospitalspecializing in such disorders as depression, anxiety, and delirium, where she stayed for five months [http://www.hellomagazine.com/fashion/2002/12/16/karenmulder/ "Hello" magazine, December 16, 2002] ] . The stay reportedly was paid for by Elite models president Gerald Marie, an old friend of hers. [http://www.hellomagazine.com/fashion/2002/12/11/karenmulder/ "Hello" magazine December 11, 2002] ] Her father later publicly blamed her troubles on drugs.Fact|date=February 2008
In later interviews, Mulder said that those close to her were refusing to acknowledge that she had been
sexually abusedby an old family friend, now dead, when she was two years old. She had repressed the incident for years but had pieced it back together in psychoanalysisafter she quit modeling. She said it was the explanation for her teenage battle with anorexia, her excitable moods, and her constant flights between laughter and tears. No one believed her allegations, however.
Feeling increasingly isolated, Mulder finally broke down. "It seemed everyone was against me," she later remembered about this period. "People told me I was fantasizing, that my psychoanalysis was wrong. So in order to be heard, I exaggerated. And I went overboard." Since then, she has recanted the rape allegations she made to the press and apologized to Prince Albert. She continued to insist that she was sexually abused as a child.
December 11, 2002, after suffering for years from chronic depression, Mulder went into a comaafter she overdosed on sleeping pills in an apparent suicideattempt. She left no note. She was rushed to the American Hospital in Neuilly after neighbors found her passed out on the floor of the Paris apartment on exclusive Avenue Montaignewhere she was staying with friends. Mulder's parents flew from the Netherlandsto be by her side along with former fiancé Jean-Yves Le Fur. Le Fur was reportedly one of the people who found Mulder unconscious after arriving at the apartment after Mulder had not answered several of his telephone calls. She awoke from her coma the next day. [ [http://saltyt.antville.org/stories/230180/ Karen Mulder Special ] ]
Upon discharge from the hospital, Mulder stayed out of the limelight to recover for about a year. Mulder was quoted in "Gaia" magazine in 2004 as being more trustful in the future: “At this moment, I am rather happy. But it takes time to cure the wounds. I know that I am on the way. Today, I want to live, quite simply!”
In the summer of 2004, Mulder decided to re-enter the music industry. She worked with
Daniel Chenevezof the Niagara group to create the self titled CD "Karen Mulder". She gave birth to a daughter, Anna, on October 30, 2006.
July 1, 2007she returned to the catwalk at the Dior Autumn/Winter 07/08 Couture Collection in Paris, modelling alongside Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlowand Stella Tennant.
* [http://km02.com/karenm/ Karen Mulder Fan Site]
* [http://www.hellomagazine.com/fashion/2002/12/16/karenmulder/ "Hello" magazine, December 16, 2002]
* [http://www.evolutionquebec.com/site/nom/mulder.html EvolutionQuebec.com article in French about Mulder's French tv appearance]
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