A native of the mid-west, Carmen grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio, and got her first break when a scout for Prince spotted her dancing and asked her to come and audition for his new video and tour. She released a self-titled debut album for Prince’s Paisley Park label in 1992 and produced a top 20 hit on dance charts with “Get on Up.”Carmen wrote a book, “How to Be Sexy” which was published by Random House. In the book Carmen conveys that a solid understanding of one’s inner self is the core behind feeling sexy.
Carmen is also the face of Max Factor, a brand that was founded almost 100 years ago and is immediately linked to Hollywood’s most beautiful faces. Carmen’s partnership with Max Factor features her in TV and print campaigns.
Carmen released a DVD series about the new fitness craze, “Aerobic Striptease.” The series is a fun, friendly and accessible dance workout, with a totally new form of low-impact exercise that works the entire body. It teaches the essentials of dance, poise, grace, posture, and how to look good while getting into shape!
Carmen has formed her own dance troupe ensemble, the “Bombshells”. This contemporary, burlesque cabaret act currently performs across the country.