Meet Karla Cavalli
As host of Travel Channel’s Planet Primetime, Karla Cavalli explores how local cultures shape TV programming around the globe. Diving in to participate fully in each country’s most popular shows, Karla provides an insider’s view of the soul of a nation through television.
Born in Southampton, England, Karla soon moved to the US and was raised in Queens and Long Island, NY. She has worked as a host, actress, writer and producer on various shows for such outlets as E!, CBS, NBC, Outside TV (and its predecessor, Resort Sports Network), Style Network, AOL and the Huffington Post. Her résumé also includes extensive experience in fashion styling. As an assistant to the world's most famous celebrity stylists, she helped dress some of the biggest A-list stars, including Will Smith, Carson Daly, Rainn Wilson, Kid Rock and Jay Z. Karla has put red-carpet looks together for Rihanna, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Rachel McAdams and Kristen Bell. Since branching out on her own, she has styled international campaigns for JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Boost Mobile, Samsung and Little Caesars.
Before her career took off in television, she studied at Fordham University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. After graduating, Karla became a professional dancer and performed all over the world. She was an NBA dancer for the New Jersey Nets and professionally cheered for NHL hockey and XFL football. She held the title of Miss New York USA 2002 and was a top-10 finalist in the Miss USA competition that year.
Karla serves on the board of directors for the Hope to Thailand campaign and supports other charitable organizations, including Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their 4 dogs.