Model and Musician Karen Elson

Karen Elson has been walking the runway for over a decade, but now — with the release of her first album, The Ghost Who Walks — she's taking a new path.
READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ELSON

May 24, 2010 10:29 AM
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Going from model to musician: “I was terrified! But he [husband Jack White] put me on the line and said, 'If you want to do this, you have to be willing to take the risk that people won't like it.'"
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On age: "It's taken me to my 30s to feel relaxed and comfortable in my skin. I think I'm going to be dancing on tables when I'm 50. I really hope I am.”
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Show Girl: Karen Elson

On fashion: “I just love vintage. I have far too many vintage dresses.”
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Show Girl: Karen Elson

On family: “Jack is doing his thing, and I'm doing my thing. We ask each other's opinions, but there has to be a line that separates what I do from what he does and our family from all of that as well.”
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Show Girl: Karen Elson

On being a ‘freak’: "Ultimately I've learned to pride myself on being quirky. I very much adore people who are outcasts, and I've always loved to be around interesting, circus-type people."