She appeared in some girls magazines in the 60s like so many of the better known models did back then.
Of course, like the other K Clubbers, she was literally everywhere in print media during the 70s.
Like the other K Clubbers, she appeared in a lot of other print ads besides catalogs.
A really nice pic of Karen!
In addition to her popularity in catalogs, she was probably best known being one of the iconic Black Velvet girls.
This is the one and only pic of any of the K Clubbers (that I have found so far) in a liquor or tobacco ad. Naturally, that gives me the opportunity to comment on the complete ridiculousness of these ads. Does anyone really think that by drinking second rate scotch, that a beautiful women will fall all over you? However, I like the Black Velvet approach of ONLY showing the girl - instead of some dude with 2 or 3 women draped over him (2). It makes me think that "Heck yeah, maybe that girl really is available and wants me to drink with her all night, well maybe?!?".
Of course, for us, Karen is best known for being everywhere in the catalogs of the 70s. She was often paired with Kathy. At times they seemed like sisters!
Kathy and Karen displaying the groovy fashions of the 70s! How many times have we seen that! That jumpsuit with the matching purse? / handbag? / giant beer kuzie? is sooooo 70s!!
Karen (along with Wendy Hill) on the cover of JCPenney's 1976 Spring Summer big book catalog!
Like I said before, her career was a long one. Here is a pic from 1978 (3)!
Unfortunately, I must end this post on a sad note. As many of you probably already know, Karen passed away in 2010 at the age of 59. Below is a photo of her from 2000 and a link to her obit which gives a pretty good rundown of her career.
(1) For those of you that just stumbled across this incredibly awesome site, K Club is the term I use for four of the catalog models of 70s: Kathy Loghry, Karen Bruun, Kay Campbell, and Colleen Corby. Their names all begin with a hard K sound, hence the name.
(2) These old liquor ads are a hoot! I wish the K Clubbers were in more of them because that would make for one fantastic post! Back then, these ads were all serious like. Remember that time wasn't that far removed from the Mad Men days of the 60s. Nowadays, alcohol ads spoof these old ads with good effect as in "The Most Interesting Man in the World". I have an old print liquor ad from the early 70s that I swear is the guy that Dos Equis copied that idea from.
(3) Actually I have a pic of Karen from the early 80s which perfectly captures the spirit of THAT decade. I almost included it here, but it fits better with another subject.