Big Brother 14 cast houseguest Kara Monaco is probably the most well-known and semi-famous person in the BB14 house this year. The 29-year-old model from Los Angeles, CA is a former 2006 Playboy Playmate of the Year. I’m sure male (and girl leaning female) fans are just itching to see Kara in her first ‘accidental’ wardrobe malfunction this season.
Kara was February 26, 1983 in Lakeland Florida and raised in Orlando. Kara, 29, has enough of a fame level that it is actually difficult to learn much about her personal life now or before she became a model. Once you get to a certain point of notoriety (like being a Playboy model), the Internet becomes over saturated with links and it’s nearly impossible find any good dish about a person’s early life online. We do know that she loves gymnastics and dancing, competed professionally in gymnastics when she was young, and was a dance team coach.
I do find it amusing that Kara’s CBS profile notes that she “worked at Disney for 4 years” performing as Cinderella, Snow White and other characters… and completely fails to note her biggest success is being a former Playboy Playmate. Kara scored that coveted prize after she was picked by Playboy as the Sexiest Bartender of 2004 and landed the June special edition cover that year. A year later, she was dubbed the June Playmate of the Month before moving on to win her Playmate of the Year title in 2006. Check out the cover here.
That title, BTW, won her $100,000 in prize money, a red and black 2006 Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle, and a 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee in “Detonator Yellow”. The other houseguests might not like Kara all that much if they find out she’s already won that much money in her lifetime.
Kara has also appeared in music videos such as “Stayin’ Home Again” from Willie Wisely, small acting roles on shows like Passions and CSI: Miami, magazines like FHM, etc. She is an avid health nut who enjoys wakeboarding and co-hosted Envy, “an exercise video where models tone together,” according to her profile at AskMen.com.
Kara has also done a number of adult-themed videos, such as the one featured here (WARNING: NSFW). We’ll let you decide whether or not you want to view that one. Honestly, it was difficult for us to find photos of Kara that did not have her totally without clothes and in some sort of compromising position.
One of Kara’s personal favorite appearances was on The Girls Next Door Playboy models reality TV show, where she hung out with Hugh Hefner‘s ladies Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. You can learn way more information than you need to know about Kara’s exploits via a Google Search, on her Twitter feed, her Twitpic page, her Facebook Fan Page, and her IMDB.com profile.
Just a FYI, Kara Monaco is NOT, after all, related to former Playboy Playmate and General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco as so many (including us) wondered about. That rumor turned out to be a false one. That does happen, we do our best to weed through the crap to find the good stuff.
According to Kara, she’s watched Big Brother since season 7, and yet… she thinks early alliances are bad. I don’t get that. I think there are more than enough examples that early alliances, if strong ones, are really GREAT in the game. She hopes she can make friends and then get an alliance out of it, which is just so, so, so the wrong way to go about it. Alliances first, friends second! (And be ready to backstab them at any moment.)
Kara says she doesn’t really have a strategy for playing the Big Brother 14 game, other than not telling she was a Playboy Playmate. Not having a strategy going in could be good, or bad. Being too invested in a strategy can make you inflexible and adaptability is a great quality. On the other hand, if she hasn’t even bothered to plan ahead at all, she may just lack the capacity to strategize and may get trampled by the other players.
Like many other BB14 houseguests this season, Kara is open to a showmance if she meets the right guy. From looking at the cast though, I don’t really see any of the guys as being her type, except maybe Willie Hantz if she finds out he is related to Survivor‘s Rusell Hantz and thinks that will somehow give him an advantage. Kara says she would “do anything” to stay in the game in several of her preseason interviews and hooking up with Russell might be her way to the top. She might also go for Shane Meaney, not because he’s that hot (kind of smarmy), but because she might think she can manipulate him.
Eviction: If she hadn’t had the misfortune to end up as one of the two players left on Dan Gheesling’s team in the first week after Jodi Rollins was evicted, Kara might have made it a lot further in the BB14 house. Alas, she became the target of a plan to weaken Dan to one player
Kara Monaco CBS Big Brother Profile
Name: Kara Monaco
Hometown: Orlando, Fla. (living in Los Angeles, Calif.)
Three adjectives that describe you: Smart, funny and loyal
Favorite Activities: Running, hiking and yoga
Most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Not being able to at least speak to my mom and best friends
Strategy for winning “Big Brother:” I don’t know if you can really have a strategy when it comes to Big Brother, but you have to be great competitively and socially.
Have you had any interesting occupations in your past: I worked at Disney for 4 years as a dancer/performer playing Cinderella, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland.
What are you afraid of: Heights and bugs!
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Live life to the fullest!
What would you take into the house and why: Only my nook so I can read.
What would you do if “Big Brother” made you famous: I would use it to help people and try to make a positive difference in the world.