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Karen Mulder

Real name: Karen Mulder
Birthdate: July 1, 1970
Status: Dating
Partner: Jean Yves

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Karen Mulder, born June 1, 1970 in Vlaardingen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (near Rotterdam) and raised in Den Haag and Voorburg, Holland, is a former Dutch supermodel.

Her two appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1997 and 1998 and her attractive poses for the Victoria’s Secret catalogue made Mulder a household name.

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 music charts for a time in the summer of 2002.

In 1988, at the age of 20, she 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 Fur in the waiting area of a Paris airport, and it was love at first sight. Soon they became engaged.

In 1995, she bought a château in France and set up a scheme to provide holidays there for underprivileged children.

In April 1998, she 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."

After leaving the modeling industry, she took singing lessons and tried acting but spent a lot of time traveling, often with her new boyfriend, a wealthy Colombian named 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 painful thoughts. "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."

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.

On July 1st 2007 she made a triumphant return to the catwalk at the Dior Autumn/Winter 07/08 Couture Collection in Paris, modelling alongside fellow legends Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow and Stella Tennant.

123, Calvin Klein, Celine, Cerruti 1881, Cesare Paciotti, Chloe, Christian Dior, Claude Montana, Clerici Tessuto, Cotton Line, Escada, Garnier, Genny, Guerlain 'Issima', Guess, Herve Leger, Jacques Fath, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kejzars, Lanvin, Macy's, Nivea, Principles, Ralph Lauren, Rena Lange, Rochas 'Eau de Rochas' fragrance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swarovski, Synergie, Tabak, Theresa Konig, Valentino, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent 'Resolument Rive Gauche' fragrance

Haute couture - Spring/Summer 1996 {Valentino}Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 1997 {Badgley Mischka, Bill Blass, Corinne Cobson, Hervé Leger, Lanvin, Nicole Miller, Ocimar Versolato, Ralph Lauren, Veronique Leroy, Vivienne Westwood}Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 1997 {Antonio Berardi, Christian Dior, John Galliano}Victoria's Secret - May 2000


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