Reality star, actress, and model Madison McKinley is probably best known for her work on ABC’s “The Bachelor – Season 15,” where she was a contestant in Spring 2011. You may not recognize her first name, but you do recognize her as a contestant. . On the popular reality series, she was nicknamed “Fang Girl”, which is how you might recognize her. There’s no question that McKinley earned infamy at the Bachelor’s, but he made waves when he appeared topless on DIRECTV Network’s “Damages” on July 27, 2011 (Season 4, Episode 3 – I’d Rather My Old Office). Perhaps this career change will bring her more notoriety, or perhaps it will launch her fledgling acting career.
Madison McKinley, born Madison Garton, the 25-year-old blonde bombshell was born in Vail, Colorado, where she grew up and attended Vail Mountain School. Her modeling career began in high school, when she tried out for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calender. Although she didn’t make it, she was noticed by one of the major modeling agencies and she moved to New York City, where she began her career as a model and actress.
McKinley’s credits begin in 2007, when he appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock.” His big year was in 2009, when he appeared in “Kings”, “Michael and Michael Have Issues” and the popular “Rescue Me”, although the producers of “The Bachelor” had a policy of not hiring actresses as contestants, he saw that he had the it factor and brought her to the show, where she clearly made waves.
McKinley seems to have a “thing” for vampires, and when he moved to New York, he got temporary vampire fangs implants. Although she did not wear them in her previous television and modeling appearances, she did wear them on “The Bachelor.” Brad Womack, the bachelor, was captivated by her appearance and personality, and actually found the fangs “hot.” Of course, this provoked the consternation of the other contestants, who clearly thought she was a strange girl who played. And so McKinley’s notoriety was born: “Fang Girl” clearly has negative connotations.
Fast forward to July 27, 2011, when McKinley appeared as a model on DIRECTV’s “Damages,” starring Glenn Close. For the first time in her acting and modeling career, she uncovered her breasts for all the world to see. The blogosphere went wild – was this just another publicity stunt to gain fame recognition?
Let’s look at the “controversial” appearance. First of all, she was not in a sex scene, nor did she show full frontal nudity. The scene itself was not gratuitous. She was sleeping on the bed, with the ruffled blankets not completely covering her. It was harmless and real. Of course, there was a naked man and woman in bed, but that was related to the plot. So what’s the problem with Madison McKinley going topless for “Damages”?
For now, McKinley’s topless is a one-time thing. It wasn’t gratuitous, nor was it a shocking sex scene. It wasn’t full frontal, nor was it “full butt” like another actress was in that episode. So was it a publicity stunt for Fang Girl, or was it a natural progression in her acting career, and one that any “Damages” actress would do? You can decide for yourself. While you’re deciding, keep in mind that he wasn’t topless in his appearance in the new Smurfs movie either.