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Karen Elson

Model and Musician
Born Jan 14, 1979

Karen Elson is a British model, singer-songwriter and guitarist.

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1979 Birth Born on January 14, 1979.


1998 19 Years Old Her list of magazine covers include multiple 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.


2000 21 Years Old Elson had a two-year relationship with Raphael de Rothschild, who died of a heroin overdose in Chelsea, Manhattan, in 2000. Elson met Jack White when she appeared in the White Stripes music video for "Blue Orchid". The video's director, Floria Sigismondi noted "you sensed an energy between them". They were married on 1 June 2005 in Manaus, Brazil. … Read More
2004 25 Years Old Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the "Models of the Moment".
2005 26 Years Old In 2005, Elson won the British Fashion Award for Best Model.
2008 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2008 Elson was on the cover of British Vogue – shot by Nick Knight – as "Fashion's Red Queen".


2009 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In the autumn of 2009 she appeared on billboards internationally for H&M. … Read More
2010 31 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
In August 2012, Elson was one of eight British models chosen to walk during a segment at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. … Read More
On 22 July 2013, a Nashville judge barred White from having "any contact with Karen Elson whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children." … Read More
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