Kari Ann Peniche (age 39)

March 20, 1984
San Diego

[Kari Ann Peniche] Introduction

Kari Ann Peniche Williams, born March 20, 1984 in Fairview, Oregon, is an actress and entertainer known for her many appearances on television. She previously held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and Miss United States Teen titles, however she was stripped of the latter after appearing nude in Playboy magazine. Her presence in the celebrity gossip scene has been well-noted due to her involvement with singers Aaron Carter and Mindy McCready, and due to the leak of a controversial home video involving actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart. Her most notable television appearances include Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab, and a brief stint on the second season of Sober House.

[Kari Ann Peniche] Early life and modeling career

Kari Ann Peniche grew up in Fairview, Oregon with her two younger brothers, after their parents divorced. At age twelve, she attended a modeling class and when she was sixteen, won a six-week contract to model in Korea, and returned for another six-week stint at age eighteen. She attended Portland Lutheran High School in Gresham, Oregon as a cheerleader, graduating in 2002, and later attended Portland State University and took classes through UCLA Extension. In a 2008 interview, Peniche revealed that she had been sexually abused as a minor model and beauty queen, and physically abused by a former boyfriend.

[Kari Ann Peniche] Career

Kari Ann Peniche was crowned Miss Oregon Teen USA 2002 in November 2001, and although she did not place in the Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant, she was later crowned the winner of Miss United States Teen pageant on November 10, 2003, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Peniche, considered unconventional due to her fashion and career choices, went on to host Xtreem, a Seattle-based, cable television program; act in an independent film; appear in other movies and TV shows; and launch a line of bikinis. However, she was later stripped of her Miss United States Teen title after appearing nude in Playboy magazine, despite her claims that her beauty pageant contract did not prohibit her from doing nude modeling and that her Playboy issue was not published for sale until after her reign had ended.

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