Charlotte McKinney Exclusive Interview & Photoshoot
The first question I asked Charlotte McKinney was, “How do you feel about your media coverage?” A Carl’s Jr. model and Instagram sensation, whose online presence includes headlines such as, “McKinney Is The Real Knockout of The Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight”, I was curious how she felt about constantly receiving this kind of attention.
She didn’t hesitate: “I’m over the comparison to Kate Upton. I respect her and all the work she’s done, but it gets kind of frustrating when that’s the only kind of conversation people are able to have about my own work.”
I told her I’d been thinking a lot about her that morning, as I’d been meditating on the term “bombshell” for a while. “One thing I worry about,” I said, “Is that when people aspire to ‘bombshell’ they start to lose a sense of individuality. At Galore, we’ve been trying to understand what that term can mean in 2015, I mean, the one issue with the term ‘bombshell’ is that it specifically refers to sex appeal, and often, that can be a place where any individual’s characteristics are devalued.”
She agreed. “A bombshell is a girl who can walk in a room, and just has such a lively energy that people can connect to. It’s about more than your looks—it’s about your confidence, and the way you command a room.”
Are you confident?
Charlotte McKinney: I’m actually super insecure. I can feel so bad about myself, especially if I start to pay attention to the kinds of stupid comments around the Internet. I have moments where I feel incredibly ugly, or fat, and it sucks, you know? I’ll usually try to keep a positive attitude, because I’m really so grateful for where I am, and the life I get to live, but I definitely have to work hard not to feel insecure.
“There are girls that I know that won’t even give blowjobs, and I guess it’s because they think they’re too hot, or something? It’s such bullshit.”
Well, the problem with the goal of being the sexiest girl around, or whatever, is that when you feel bad, there are a million other pretty girls around to compare yourself to and feel bad about.
CM: Absolutely. When I feel like that, I make an effort to be surrounded by people that love me. That’s really important for me. I’m also working very hard right now to develop myself across other platforms, which I feel is important to focus on.
Okay, so, tell me this. Don’t you feel that pretty girls generally don’t have to even have cool personalities? Isn’t that a thing? Like, ugly girls will be the ones that have to be funny, and the ones who are good at blowjobs?”
CM: Oh my God, I actually was thinking about this the other day—there are girls that I know that won’t even give blowjobs, and I guess it’s because they think they’re too hot, or something? It’s such bullshit. [Laughs]
“I am super insecure. I can feel so bad about myself, especially if I start to pay attention to stupid comments on the Internet.”
That is hilarious! I don’t blame them, though. If I looked like Gisele Bundchen, I’d be happy being the most boring person on the face of the planet.
CM: I don’t want to be like that! I’m not interested in just being the hot girl. I’m really goofy, and I love laughing, and that’s such a big part of who I am. I’m working on a film with Adam Sandler right now, and it’s just been so cool to be around that entire team of people.
So you actually think you’re a funny girl?
CM: Yeah! I’m really funny. For sure. People are seriously always surprised about that, but it’s true. Just wait, you’ll see!”
Photography By Jacob Dekat
Creative Direction By Prince Chenoa
Styling By Alexandra Mandelkorn
Hair By Elise Welch