Karen Elson Biography
Karen Elson (Karen Jill Elson) was born on 14th January 1979 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. She is an English model, singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Karen Elson Age
Karen Elson was born on 14th January 1979 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.
Karen Elson Modelling Career
Karen Elson began modelling when she was a teenager and at the age of 16 she was discovered by Debra Burns, the owner of Boss Model Management in Manchester. On her 18th birthday she was the face for the cover of Italian Vogue.
She has worked with most of the world’s major fashion photographers and fashion designers.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.
Karen Elson has graced most of the magazine covers which includes 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 September 2008 she was announced 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. In 2010 she was the new face of American fashion brand St. John.
Karen Elson was named the new face of of YSL Opium perfume. She appeared 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 has been featured in commercials for Kose cosmetics.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.”
On 9th May 2011 it was announced that she had designed her own line of shoes, bags and jewellery for fashion brand Nine West. The items became available in the autumn of 2011.
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
Karen Elson Films
Karen 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 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)
Karen Elson Career in Music
Since 2004 she has been 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.
In May 2010 she released her first album on Third Man Records via XL Recordings. 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.
Karen Elson Albums
- 2017: Double Roses
- 2010: The Ghost Who Walks
Karen Elson Songs
- Wonder Blind
- Double Roses
- Call Your Name
- Come Hell And High Water
- The End
- Why Am I Waiting
- A Million Stars
- The Ghost Who Walks
- The Truth Is In The Dirt
- Pretty Babies
- 100 Years From Now
- Stolen Roses
- Cruel Summer
- The Birds They Circle
- A Thief at My Door
- The Last Laugh
- Mouths To Feed
- Distant Shore
Karen Elson Awards and Honours
- 1998: Model of the Year at the VH1 Fashion Awards.
- 2004: In September 2004 photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented cover of American Vogue as one of the “Models of the Moment”
- 2005: British Fashion Award for Best Model.
Karen Elson Activism
Karen Elson is an ambassador for Save the Children and has travelled to Sierra Leone, the Middle East and the Ivory Coast. She has written numerous articles and appeared on CNN in regards to her advocacy for child rights.
Karen Elson Husband
She was married to Jack White, an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, from 2005 until they divorced in 2013.
Karen Elson Children
She has two children from her previous marriage to Jack White, Scarlett Teresa White and Henry Lee White.
Karen Elson Net Worth
Karen Elson estimated net worth of $22 million.