Karen Elson was born January 14, 1979 in Oldham, England. She was discovered when she was 16 by the owner of Boss Models.
She has appeared on the cover of most of the top fashion magazines, including: Vogue, W, Dazed & Confused, Numéro, British Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Lula, Foam Magazine and Nylon.
Karen Elson has worked with most of the top fashion photographers, such as: Arthur Elgort, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Mert and Marcus, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel, and Ellen Von Unwerth.
“I am a woman. I go on set, and I’ll be who I am, and I’ll represent who I am. I think it comes with age.”
“As scary as it is, I like making real, direct eye contact with people from the stage. In a sense, it’s like modeling: that feeling of locking in and projecting some kind of emotion to try to captivate people.”
“Being a model, you’re always the product of somebody else’s vision.”
“I knew I had more in me than just standing up and having my picture taken… Being in the studio, I have to have an opinion.”
“I tend to sort of over-accessorize, but to feel empowered, I strip it all down and become minimal so that it’s almost counterintuitive.”
“I think Jennifer Lawrence is a brilliant role model for young girls, not some of the models that I see on the runway.”
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