Kara Monaco is an American model. She was chosen as Playmate of the Month by Playboy magazine in June, 2005. She appeared on the cover of the June 2006 issue of Playboy as the 2006 Playmate of the Year.
Monaco has appeared in various reality TV series such as The Girls Next Door, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Big Brother 14. Besides her Playmate appearance, she has been a part of various other Playboy related media such as the 2006 Playmates at Play swimsuit calendar and Playboy Special Edition Girls of Summer.
Monaco appeared in FHM and Men's Fitness magazines. Her connection with Playboy began when she chosen as one of "Playboy's Sexiest Bartenders 2004" and when appeared on the cover of Playboy Special Edition Girls of Summer in August 2004. Later, Monaco was chosen as Playmate of the Month by Playboy magazine for June 2005. That same year, she participated in a home video fitness program, Envy, under the name "Vala" (the "V" in "Envy"),and acted together with C.J. Gibson, sister of Playmate Raquel Gibson. In June 2006, was chosen as Playmate of the Year and later appeared in episodes of the E! reality television series The Girls Next Door which followed the lives of Playboy creator Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends.