She’s biting the hand that fed her!
Charlotte McKinney went from unknown bikini model to bona fide sex symbol in 2015, when she appeared in a Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr., suggestively scarfing the chain’s All-Natural Burger while flaunting her own all-natural assets. But a year ago, the buxom beauty gave up beef.
“I don’t eat red meat anymore,” the 23-year-old told The Post at a photo shoot at the Dream Hotel in Midtown. “I’ve cut out gluten, dairy and have changed my eating habits. I feel great. It wasn’t so much about weight. Back then, I was eating lots of food and then crash-dieting.”
Her new eating habits have given McKinney more energy, reduced her “puffiness” and made her feel consistently camera-ready, she said. And it’s led to some chatter across the Twitterverse about her famous rack.
“There’s been a couple of weird rumors about my boobs. The other day I went to [a] GQ event, and everyone was like, ‘She got a breast reduction!’ But, no, I’ve just lost the puffiness,” she said. “My boobs got smaller [naturally].”
But while she’s no longer eating Carl’s Jr. burgers, she’s still a fan of the fast-food chain’s CEO, Andy Puzder, who was just nominated by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be secretary of labor. McKinney thinks he’ll be “amazing” in the post.
‘This is my year to show my ability. I’m excited for people to see me on camera, film and TV.’
“I don’t know what his job will be, but I’m always fascinated to be around him,” she said. “I really love Andy.”
He is, after all, the man who plucked McKinney from obscurity.
“He’s got great taste,” she added, with a laugh.
Before she became a bikini icon, McKinney was a self-described “beach girl” from Orlando, Fla. At 17, the beauty, who suffers from dyslexia, dropped out of high school to pursue modeling. She landed small-time swimsuit gigs and modeled for her father’s used-car business before moving to Los Angeles.
But without a modeling agency, she turned her Instagram account into a portfolio, becoming Insta-famous after posting loads of bikini snaps that showed off her curves. Guess took notice and tapped her for a swimwear campaign in 2015, but her big break came when she was cast in the Carl’s Jr commercial. The burger chain has a history of launching It girls. Kate Upton, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian all sold burgers with sexiness, and after McKinney was featured, her fame shot up accordingly. She continued to model for Guess and competed on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2015.
Now, the Sunshine State native, who currently lives in Malibu, Calif., is ready to show she isn’t just a pretty face. She is pivoting away from modeling and getting into acting.
“This is my year to show my ability. I think [people] just think of me as the bombshell, the beach girl,” she said. “But there’s way more . . . and that’s why I went away from modeling so early. I would come to set, crack jokes and have fun, and then all you get is one photo. I’m excited for people to see me on camera, film and TV.”
Next month, she’ll play Charlie Sheen’s sister in the comedy “Mad Families,” which also stars Leah Remini and will air on streaming channel Crackle on Jan. 12.
“This movie puts humor to everyone being so crazy about race these days,” she said of the film, which centers on a group of families of different races vacationing at a campground. “Everyone is so offended nowadays. At the end of the day, we’re all the same.”
She also has small parts in the upcoming “Baywatch” movie, which stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron and is due out in May, and the “Flatliners” reboot with Kiefer Sutherland and Nina Dobrev, out in September.
The budding actress has had a little help from an unlikely source: David Spade, who helped her get a small part as a sexy, farting logger in 2015’s “Joe Dirt 2.”
The pair were rumored to be dating in April, but she says he’s more of a mentor than a lover.
“In Hollywood, you can’t have a friend who is a guy, or it turns into something weird. He taught me a lot,” she said. “He got me on my first movie and has introduced me to a lot of good people.”