She-ro of the Week

Karen Elson

Let’s talk about Karen Elson this week. Why? Because it’s September and her hair is the color of the contruction paper leaves that littered the floor during the fall celebration at my elementary school. (Like how I did that? Justification is not just a river in Africa my friends.) Also because I got Spotify, where I finally heard her cover of the Donovan song ‘Season of the Witch’. It’s good, so good that I had to run around (iChat) and talk to everyone I knew about it and not one person knew who I was talking about! So, here we are.

Don’t feel bad if you immediately think, “Karen Elson is a supermodel” or “Wait, isn’t she Jack White’s ex-wife?” because you’d be right. She is a supermodel, her career jump started when she, at the suggestion of Steven Meisel, shaved off her eyebrows and cut her bright red hair into a super short bob and did a stint on the cover of a little known publication called Italian Vogue, maybe you’ve heard of it? And she is Jack White’s ex-wife, because they were married and now they are not. Speaking of that union, they have two children who we can kind of thank for Karen’s coming out of the closet as a singer/songwriter. In an interview with the telegraph she said, “I wanted [my children] to see what I’m about, to grow up seeing a woman who’s passionate about what she does.”

That passion is music. She’s been building and readying herself for this moment her entire life. Check it:

  • Growing up she sang in a salsa band. (Yes salsa. In England.)
  • She sang back up for Robert Plant.(The Robert Plant)
  • Duetted with Cat Power on the Serge Gainsbourg cover, ‘I Love You (Me Either)’
  • Founding member of The Citizen’s Band (Um, cabaret. Yes!)

Last year she came out with her first full length album, The Ghost Who Walks (which I tend to listen to on repeat) and most recently contributed to the cover album Rave On Buddy Holly. Did I mention they’re amazing? Yep they are. Never underestimate the power of this super woman/model/singer/songwriter.

image by demeterclarc

  • Luke Wagener

    I saw her last year in Denver and her show was fantastic! My friends and I met her afterwards and she was absolutely the nicest person. She seemed very humble and down to earth. I really hope Jack White produces and plays drums again on her new record. Anyway, you also have to check out her cover of Lou Reed’s song “Vicious.” Totally rad.

    P.S. Great Karen Elson concert:

  • Jocelyn Dugan

    Karen Elson is amazing. I think I saw an article when her cd was just released- maybe it was a photo shoot? Anyways. I downloaded the cd (legally!) because I figured, “Hey- she always looks amazing and if she’s married to Jack, how bad can it be?” (my reasoning is shallow.) I was immediately a fan and listen to her alllll the time. I have never, ever met anyone in real life who knows who she is (which is dumb. She’s like, the most photographed woman in the world.) or heard her sweet tunes. I live in a pretty lame small town though- nobody has heard of any of my favorite artists. Honestly, I figure if I love someone who no one I know has heard of, then I’m 1. doing them a favor and 2. have great taste in music.

  • Leelee Ngwenya

    i love her and i love you for making her she-ro of the week!

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