BACKSTAGE 20180729 “Karen Elson – Model – Musician who rocks both, stage and runway.”

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The story of today’s about an iconic? model – musician.

KAREN ELSON

One of the most iconic models of our times, Karen kick started her career by shooting the cover of Italian?Vogue?with Steven Meisel on her 18th birthday. While she’s been a muse for the industry’s leading photographers and designers, the fiery British redhead remains a musician at heart. She released her debut indie-folk album,?The Ghost Who Walks, in 2010. After taking a break for several years, (then marrying and divorcing rock star Jack White), she moved to Nashville and returned with a new record,?DOUBLE ROSES, in 2017.

Karen Elson
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Born Karen Jill Elson
14 January 1979?(age?39)
Oldham,?Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Model, singer-songwriter
Years?active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Jack White?(m.?2005–2013)
Children 2
Modelling information
Height 5?ft 9?in (1.75?m)
Hair colour Red
Eye colour Blue
Agency

Karen Jill Elson?(born 14 January 1979) is an English model and singer-songwriter.

Early life and education.

Elson was born in?Oldham,?Greater Manchester, and attended?North Chadderton School?as a child, with her twin sister, filmmaker?Kate Elson.

Modeling.

She began working as a model as a teenager and was discovered at age 16 by Debra Burns, the owner of Boss Model Management in Manchester. Elson’s first success came when?Steven Meisel?shot her for the cover of Italian?Vogue?on her 18th birthday. She has worked with most of the world’s major fashion photographers and fashion designers, including?Arthur Elgort,?Bruce Weber,?Mario Testino,?Peter Lindbergh,?Mert and Marcus,?Steven Klein,?Patrick Demarchelier,?Steven Meisel,?Ellen Von Unwerth. She has walked the runways of many top designers including?Marc Jacobs?(which she did while pregnant),?Jean-Paul Gaultier,?Chanel,?Dolce & Gabbana,?Versace, YSL,?Alexander McQueen,?Dior?and?Gucci. She has appeared in international campaigns for dozens of designers including?Yves Saint Laurent,?Jean Paul Gaultier,?Louis Vuitton,?Versace,?Christian Dior,?Burberry?and?Chanel.

Her list of magazine covers include over 30 international editions of?Vogue?as well as?W,?Dazed & Confused,?Numéro, British?Harper’s Bazaar,?Marie Claire,?Elle,?Lula,?Foam Magazine?and?Nylon. In 1998 she won the title of Model of the Year at the?VH1?Fashion Awards. Photographed by?Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American?Vogue?as one of the “Models of the Moment” In 2005, Elson won the British Fashion Award for Best Model.

In September 2008, Elson was on the cover of?British?Vogue?– shot by Nick Knight – as “Fashion’s Red Queen”. It was then announced that Elson was the new face of British department store?John Lewis?for autumn/winter 2008/09. In the autumn of 2009 she appeared on billboards internationally for?H&M.

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In 2010, American fashion brand?St. John?announced that Elson would be replacing?Angelina Jolie?as the new face of their company. In 2011 she was replaced by?Kate Winslet. For the Tom Ford 2009 spring eyewear advertising campaigns Elson and male model?Jon Kortajarena?were photographed, for the first time, by?Tom Ford?himself.

Elson is currently the face of?YSL Opium?perfume. She appears in the autumn/winter 2010/11 ad campaign of?Louis Vuitton?along with?Natalia Vodianova?and?Christy Turlington, as well as the?Trussardi?1911 spring 2011 campaign. She was shot by?Mert and Marcus?for?Roberto Cavalli‘s autumn 2011 campaign. Karen appears in the?Steven Meisel?autumn 2011?Lanvin?campaign. The accompanying promotional video shows her dancing with?Raquel Zimmerman?to?Pit Bull‘s “I Know You Want Me”. Karen appears with her non-identical twin sister?Kate Elson?in the 2011?H&M?Holiday campaign. She is also the face of?Banana Republic‘s 2011 Holiday Collection.

Elson models at an?Anna Sui?show in 2011.

Elson has appeared in many short films and videos, including the music video for?the White Stripes‘s “Blue Orchid“, directed by?Floria Sigismondi.?She has also appeared in fashion films such as?Steven Meisel?and Darren Lew’s?War Opera,?Nick Knight‘s?Andy Warhol-inspired series?More Beautiful Women,?Craig McDean‘s?48 Girls,?and?Bruce Weber‘s?Petit Fleur,?Harlequin,?Voodoo Daddy,?Closer Walk With Thee?and?Karen’s Boogie(all films were made in conjunction with?W?as a tribute to?New Orleans).?Elson has been featured in commercials for Kose cosmetics. She has also appeared in the short film?Lay Down Lean,?a project by the experimental filmmaking team the Belles of the Black Diamond Field.Lay Down Lean, by the Belles of the Black Diamond Field.

Elson has contributed to?Nick Knight‘s fashion site?SHOWstudio.com?since 2002. She also contributed to?Knight‘s project “Moving Fashion” with a black and white video of herself in a sequined gown, perched upon a swing. The images were accompanied by Elson playing the?autoharp?and singing a verse of?Marlene Dietrich‘s “Falling in Love Again.”?

In 2010, she modelled a?Patricia Field?dress for the Sex and the City Archive in the?Naomi Campbell‘s Fashion for Relief runway show for the White Ribbon Alliance to raise funds for mothers in?Haiti.

On 9 May 2011, it was announced that Elson has designed her own line of shoes, bags and jewellery for fashion brand?Nine West. The items became available in the autumn of 2011.

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In August 2012, Elson was one of eight British models chosen to walk during a segment at the?2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. She wore a gold gown by?Burberry?and walked the stadium with her fellow models to?David Bowie‘s song “Fashion.

In 2016, she became the face of fragrance brand Jo Malone London and as such represents them worldwide by hosting events.

Music.

Elson is a founding member and performer with the New York-based political?cabaret?troupe?the Citizens Band, appearing with them at various theatres as well as the downtown art gallery?Deitch Projects?since 2004. Critical response to Elson’s performances have been unequivocally positive, with the press frequently commenting on her striking vocal skills.?As one of the leaders of the Citizens Band she has performed a variety of songs including covers of?the Velvet Underground,?Kurt Weill,?Elvis Presley,?Mimi?and?Richard Fari?a,?Pete Seeger,?Leonard Cohen,?Neil Young?and?Marlene Dietrich. She has also written and co-written songs for the troupe’s performances. Her cover of?the Velvet Underground‘s “Candy Says” is available on the Citizen Band’s MySpace page. Short samples of her performances are available on the troupe’s website as well.


Elson’s musical career built slowly over the course of several years. In 2003 she contributed backing vocals to a remix of?Robert Plant‘s “Last Time I Saw Her” from Plant’s album?Dreamland.?In 2005 a personal recording of Elson singing was made available on a CD accompanying the August 2005 issue of?Uncutmagazine (the song was titled “Coming Down”). The song was chosen by REM singer Michael Stipe.?In 2006 she dueted with Cat Power on a provocative cover version of “I Love You (Me Either)” for?Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited, a tribute album to French singer/songwriter?Serge Gainsbourg.


Her first full-length album was written, for the most part, in secret without letting her (then) husband?Jack White?hear what she was doing. “At home I would hide—I would play my songs really in isolation. I would lock the bathroom door and hide. Eventually he was like, ‘Why are you hiding this from me?'” In February 2010, it was announced that Elson would be releasing her debut solo album?The Ghost Who Walks, produced by?Jack White. News of the album’s release was made by a live acoustic performance video “The Ghost Who Walks (Acoustic)” posted on the internet. The album was released on Third Man Records via XL Recordings in May 2010. It received generally favourable reviews.?Spin?magazine gave it 7/10 and compared her voice to both?Jenny Lewisand?Loretta Lynn.

On 2 September 2010, Elson and her band performed on the?Late Show with David Letterman. The fourth season of?HBO?TV series,?True Blood, featured Elson’s cover of “Season of the Witch” over the credits of the episode “If You Love Me, Why am I Dyin’?”. The thirteenth episode of Fringe Season 4, “A Better Human Being” featured Karen’s song “The Ghost Who Walks”.

Elson often contributes to?Record Store Day. For Record Store Day 2011, she released a cover of?Lou Reed‘s “Vicious” and released a cover of?Jackson C. Frank‘s “Milk and Honey” for Record Store Day 2012.?Elson contributed a version of “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” to the?Buddy Holly?tribute album?Rave on Buddy Holly, released in June 2011. In 2012, she contributed a cover of?Fleetwood Mac‘s “Gold Dust Woman” to?Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

In September 2012, she was featured in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support?Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book In October 2013, Elson opened for?Neko Case?for eight concerts on Case’s North American tour.

In 2015, Elson revealed she had started working on her second album due for release in 2016. On 10 January 2017, the album’s title?Double Roses?and its release date of 7 April 2017, was announced.

 

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