Model-turned-musician Karen Elson says she became a model because she wanted “to escape” everyday life. In an interview to ‘Vogue UK”, Elson spoke about her glamourous journey and how she entered into the world of MoDELLING, rEportED FEMALEirst.Co.uK.
“There was this one girl who was really into make-up — she was a bit of a goth, actually — and she said to me, you could be a model. And I thought, maybe I could. I wanted to get out, I wanted to escape as quickly as possible and that seemed like the way.
“I took a chance on myself, and sometimes you’ve got to do that. I have tenacity in spades. I didn’t look in the mirror and go, I’m so drop dead gorgeous I could do this, it was more like... I read ‘the face’ AND I’D lIp tHrouGH AND tHINK, I AM tHAt girl,” she added.
English supermodel and singersongwriter was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and attended North Chadderton School as a child, with her twIN sIstEr, iLMMAKEr KAtE ELsoN.
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 irst 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.