Monday, April 21, 2014

K Club Special (Part 9) - Karen Bruun (Part 2)

Well, it's time again for another in our "K Club" special posts.  And for the second time, we're going to focus on Karen Bruun.

Karen had the almost perfect look for modeling in the late 60s and early 70s.  The huge smile, the classic femininity, the almost-too-easy sexual appeal, that just made you felt like she was the most perfect gal you could imagine.

Karen was Miss Teenage New York City in 1968 where one of the judges was Cybil Shepard.  Cybil spotted her and Karen became a model with the Ford Agency.  She was also Miss Staten Island in 1969.

Karen was everywhere in this era.  For example, in ads like these. (re-blogged from MiniMadMods60s).

And here with Colleen. (re-blogged from MiniMadMods60s).

Of course, we know her most form all the groovy-istic catalogs of the 70s!

Karen had that quintessential look.  She could simply "own" the camera effortlessly.  Take a look at those eyes again - hard to find that!

Once again, those eyes!  Dang!!

Karen could also pull of the classy look like here in Spiegel..

Or she could pull of the cute girl-next-door-look in ponytails and a bathing suit.  Wait a minute!  Is that an arrow...oh, right, we did that that before in a previous post.  It's an ANCHOR, yes I'm sure now that it's an ANCHOR, oh of course, how silly of me to think otherwise.

"What's Next?"  Well how about Kathy and Karen in cutesy tails, together!!  It seemed that Kathy and Karen almost always appeared together .  They were like a tag-team of perfect 70s catalog modeling or something.  Wow, they (and all the other models of that era) were so great.  It's so much fun to look back on them still!!

Like on the first post on Karen, I have to add that she is no longer with us, and will be missed by all her friends, colleagues, and all of us who grew up during that era admiring her work......


  1. Karen was definitely very pretty! Is she sitting on an invisible chair in photo #4?

    1. Yep, you're right. She does seem to be holding a very awkward pose there (with class of course). Who said modeling was easy! I guess I was distracted by the eyes to notice!

    2. You may notice that in pic #6, she seems to be doing the same thing!!

    3. I can see the legs of some kind of translucent "chair" in photo #4.

  2. Where did you find that first photo?
    I know MiniMadMod features only thumbnails. If you're interested, you can see a bigger version of pic #3 (a MUCH bigger version) at

    1. You know, I hate to admit this, but I'm not sure where I got the first photo. Early on I wasn't too careful about documenting such things. I THINK it was from the Miss Staten Island pageant, but I'm not even sure of that!

    2. I guess since it's a photo used in the Baltimore Sun, it might be from the Miss Teenage New York City pageant. It's rare to find an original newspaper photo of the models.

    3. I know I ran across it during some internet search (probably late at night). I should have been more careful about documentation "sound of slapping forehead".