Karen Elson

Model

Karen Elson is a British model and musician. Initially spotted in the street in her hometown of Bolton, it was a chance introduction to photographer Steven Meisel in Milan that began her career. Under Meisel's influence Elson created an incredibly distinctive look, which included the removal of her eyebrows, a severe hair cut, and flaming red hair colour. Ever since this look has been her trademark, earning her the nickname 'beautiful freak' from Karl Lagerfeld, and putting her at the forefront of the trend for unusual beauty.

Before she was 20, Elson had been the face of Chanel, Gucci, Valentino and Versace. She has been photographed by international greats such as Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Karl Lagerfield, Nick Knight, Bruce Weber and Richard Avedon. In 2005, Elson won a British Fashion Award for Best Model, and has since gone on to pursue a music career alongside her work as a model, providing vocals for Robert Plant's Last Time I Saw Her, and singing with Cat Power on a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. Elson is also a member of the politically motivated cabaret troupe The Citizens Band.

Karen Elson is a British model and musician. Initially spotted in the street in her hometown of Bolton, it was a chance introduction to photographer Steven Meisel in Milan that began her career. Under Meisel's influence Elson created an incredibly distinctive look, which included the removal of her eyebrows, a severe hair cut, and flaming red hair colour. Ever since this look has been her trademark, earning her the nickname 'beautiful freak' from Karl Lagerfeld, and putting her at the forefront of the trend for unusual beauty.

Before she was 20, Elson had been the face of Chanel, Gucci, Valentino and Versace. She has been photographed by international greats such as Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Karl Lagerfield, Nick Knight, Bruce Weber and Richard Avedon. In 2005, Elson won a British Fashion Award for Best Model, and has since gone on to pursue a music career alongside her work as a model, providing vocals for Robert Plant's Last Time I Saw Her, and singing with Cat Power on a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. Elson is also a member of the politically motivated cabaret troupe The Citizens Band.

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