Born September 6, 1963, Karen Dianne Baldwin was born in London, Ontario to parents deeply involved in the real estate business. Her mother is a real estate broker and her father is the president of a real estate agency.
Baldwin was crowned Miss Canada 1982 and later that year was crowned Miss Universe 1982. Baldwin was the first Canadian who won Miss Universe title. Baldwin was crowned Miss Universe in Lima, Peru and then relinquished her crown to Lorraine Downes the following year in the United States.
Following her crowning and return to her home country, Baldwin became an instant celebrity and received many opportunities to continue working in many high-profile roles. After her year as Miss Universe, Baldwin hosted a Canadian fashion and lifestyle television program and was featured in a handful of feature films. Furthermore, she hosted the 1989 Miss Universe pageant in Cancun, Mexico. Baldwin currently works as a realtor in Calabasas California. Baldwin married Jack Scalia in 1987 and divorced ten years after. The couple had two daughters together.