Jennifer McCarthy (born November 1, 1972) is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books. Her page at Playboy.com Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy (born November 1, 1972) is an American model, comedian, actress, author, activist, and game show host. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a successful television and film acting career. Most recently, she has written books about parenting, and has become an activist promoting the claims that vaccines cause autism and that chelation therapy helps cure it—both claims are considered unsubstantiated by the medical community.
The juxtaposition between McCarthy's classic all-American sex appeal - buxom, blue-eyed blonde with a pretty face - and her over-the-top comedic sensibilites - heavily focused on slapstick and toilet humor - has long been a trademark of her image, never shying away from looking silly or foolish for the sake of a laugh over sexiness. She once modeled for Candie's, a shoe company. In one magazine ad, McCarthy posed on a toilet seat with her underwear near her ankles. Cultural scholar Collin Gifford Brooke wrote that the ad's "taboo nature" brought it attention, while noting that the ad itself helped to weaken that taboo.