Mulder has a younger sister, Saskia, who became an actress after a stint studying economics.
Karen Mulder (born 1 June 1970) is a Dutch model and singer.
During the 1990s, she had a successful modeling career and was recognized as a world-class "supermodel" by various media.
In her native country, the Netherlands, Mulder is well remembered for her 2002 public breakdown and suicide attempts.
Mulder was raised in Den Haag and Voorburg, Mulder's father, Ben, is a tax inspector and her mother, Marijke, is a secretary.
A friend took some photographs she had of her and sent them to Elite without her knowledge.
She won the preliminary contest in Amsterdam, and was sent to the finals of the contest, placing second.By her second year on the runway, she was modeling for Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix, Versace, and Giorgio Armani.She appeared on the cover of Vogue and before long, landed a contract for Guess in 1991, Other campaigns she appeared in included Calvin Klein, Claude Montana, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint-Laurent's Rive Gauche fragrance, as well as Guerlain, Chloé, Revlon, Jacques Fath, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Chanel and Hervé Léger.Mulder has worked with some of the greatest fashion photographers, including Javier Vallhonrat, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Max Vadukul, Gilles Bensimon, Fabrizio Ferri, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Robert Erdmann, and Arthur Elgort.One of the first issues of Top Model magazine was entirely devoted to Mulder along with an entire issue of Italian Vogue.Her two appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 19 and her poses for the Victoria's Secret catalogue increased Mulder's profile. Mulder went on to share catwalks with models such as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. She branched out into acting, making her debut in the French short film A Theft, One Night in 2001.