British (English)

Karen Elson

British (English)
Born January 14 1979
in Manchester, England, UK
5'10" / 178cm
33 / 84
24 / 61
34 / 86.5
4 / 34
8 / 38.5 / 5.5
"“Not many models would admit to actually enjoying having their photograph taken and whatnot. And I do.”"
Karen in Fashion TV


Mother Agency

Magazine Covers



China: 'Vogue Collections' - Fall/Winter 2013
France: 'Vogue' (Paris) - December/January 1997; 'Elle' - September 15, 1997; 'Numero' #13 - May 2000; 'Elle' - December 22 2003; 'Numéro' - November 2004; 'Numero' - June/July 2009; 'Jalouse' - August 2010
Germany: 'Elle' - August 1997; 'Marie Claire' - March 1997; 'Vogue' - January 2001; 'Marie Claire' - March 2001; 'Zoo' - #31 Summer 2011
Italy: 'Vogue' - February & March 1997; 'Vogue' (Supplement) - March 1997; Vogue - Italy October 1998; 'Vogue' - February 1999; 'Vogue' - March 2000; 'Vogue' - June & December 2004; 'Vogue' - October 2005; 'Vogue' - December 2006, April 2007; 'Vogue' - August 2008; 'Muse' - March 2011; 'Vogue' - October 2011; 'Vogue' - May 2013
Japan: 'Elle' - September 1997; 'Vogue' - July 2005; 'Vogue' - May 2007; 'Vogue' - February 2011
Korea: 'Vogue' - September 2004; 'Vogue' - April 2005; 'Harper's Bazaar' - August 2005; 'Vogue' - January 2011; 'Vogue' - October 2013
Spain: 'Vogue' - January 1998; 'Harper's Bazaar' - September 2013
UK: 'The Face' - August 1997; 'Dazed & Confused' - December 2000; 'Vogue' - January 2002; 'Harpers & Queen' - April 2002; '10' - Fall/Winter 2003; 'Dazed & Confused' - October 2005; 'Vogue' - September 2008; 'Lula' - Fall/Winter 2009; 'Harper's Bazaar' - October 2010; 'i-D' - Fall 2012; 'Harper's Bazaar' - May 2013
Ukraine: 'Harper's Bazaar' - June 2013
US: 'George' - September 1998; 'Vogue' - September 2004;
'Dutch' - January/February 2000; 'Nylon' - April 2001; 'Picture' - June 2001; 'Dutch' #37 - January/February 2002; 'Foam' - July 2010



Fashion Shows



Spring/Summer - (New York) Marc Jacobs,


Autumn/Winter - (Paris) Givenchy,
Autumn/Winter - (New York) Diane Von Fürstenberg, Michael Kors, Donna Karan New York,
Autumn/Winter - (London) Tom Ford,
Spring/Summer - (New York) Michael Kors, Jason Wu,


Spring/Summer - (Paris) Miu Miu,
Spring/Summer - (New York) Marchesa,


Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 1997 {Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Callaghan, Cerruti 1881, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Lacroix, Clements Ribeiro, Comme des Garçons, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Guy Laroche, Genny, Ghost, Gucci, Hermès, Hussein Chalayan, Iceberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Jil Sander, Junko Shimada, Karl Lagerfeld, Lawrence Steele, Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, MaxMara, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Richard Tyler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ter et Bantine, Todd Oldham, Trussardi}
Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 1997 {Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Gianni Versace, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pierre Balmain}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 1998 {Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Anna Molinari, Blumarine, Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix, Cerruti 1881, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Givenchy, Helmut Lang, Hermès, Iceberg, Jil Sander, Lawrence Steele, Martine Sitbon, MaxMara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax, Trussardi, Valentino, Versus}
Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 1998 {Chanel, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 1999 {Lawrence Steele}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 1999 {Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni Versace, Loewe, Narciso Rodriquez}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2000 {Anna Sui, Ann Demeulemeester, Antonio Berardi, Badgley Mischka, Byblos, Céline, Chanel, Christian Dior, Costume National, Daryl K, Dolce & Gabbana, D&G, Gai Mattiolo, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, John Bartlett, Lawrence Steele, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Thimister, TSE New York, Versace, Versus, Victor Alfaro}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2000 {Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Celine, Daryl K, Helmut Lang, Jeremy Scott, John Bartlett, Joop, Lanvin, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Tse, Valentino, Victor Alfaro}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2001 {Alessandro dell 'Acqua, Balenciaga, Chloe, D&G, Helmut Lang, John Bartlett, Lanvin, Laurence Steele, Salvatore Ferregamo, Valentino, Versace}
Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2001 {Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Versace}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2001 {Anna Sui, Antonio Berardi, Balenciaga, Bally, Marni, Olivier Theyskens}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2002 {Alexander McQueen, An American View, Anna Sui, Bill Blass, Cacharel, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Helmut Lang, Imitation of Christ, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, John Galliano, Katayone Adeli, Lawrence Steele, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Olivier Theyskens, Prada, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Strenesse, Versace, Versus, Viktor & Rolf, Zac Posen}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2002 {Imitation of Christ}
Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 2002 {Jean-Paul Gaultier}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2003 {Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Anne Klein, Christian Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, James Coviello, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, M.R.S., Viktor & Rolf, Zac Posen}
Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2003 {Jean-Paul Gaultier}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2003 {Anna Sui, Anne Klein, Badgley Mischka, Diane von Furstenberg, Kenneth Cole, Luella, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Zac Posen}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2004 {Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent rive gauche, MaxMara, Moschino, Prada, MiuMiu, Roberto Cavalli, Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Gai Mattiolo}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2005 {Alexander McQueen, Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Behnaz Sarafpour, Bill Blass, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries van Noten, Emilio Pucci, Giles Deacon, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Luca Luca, Luella Bartley, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Stephen Burrows, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, YSL Rive Gauche, Zac Posen}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2005 {Alberta Ferretti, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Anna Sui, Behnaz Sarafpour, Bill Blass, Blumarine, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Fendi, Hermes, Hussein Chalayan, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Lagerfeld Gallery, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Luella Bartley, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Riccardo Tisci, Roberto Cavalli, Roberto Menichetti, Sophia Kokosalaki, Valentino, Versace, Viktor & Rolf, YSL Rive Gauche, Zac Posen, Zaldy}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2006 {Anna Sui, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs, Zaldy}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2006 {Marc Jacobs}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2007 {Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2008 {Anna Sui, Rodarte, Zac Posen}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2009 {Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2010 {Anna Sui, Carolina Herrera, Fashion for Relief, Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2011 {Alexander Wang, Tom Ford}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2011 {Givenchy}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2012 {Anna Sui, Marchesa}
Victoria's Secret {2001}




Spring/Summer - Jason Wu, Louis Vuitton, PAULE KA, Sonia Rykiel,
Resort - (New York) Miu Miu,
Autumn/Winter - Kurt Geiger, Moschino,


Autumn/Winter - Lover, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Marks & Spencer,
Resort - Miu Miu,
Spring/Summer - Tiffany & Co.,


Spring/Summer - Roberto Cavalli,
Holiday - Tiffany & Co.,


Autumn/Winter - (Paris) Louis Vuitton,


Spring/Summer - Tom Ford Eyewear,


Spring/Summer - Yves Saint Laurent - YSL,


Spring/Summer - Yves Saint Laurent - YSL,
Spring/Summer - (Milan) Prada,


Autumn/Winter - (Milan) Prada,


Autumn/Winter - Christian Dior,



- Karen was 16 years old when she was discovered by a Boss scout in Manchester, England. Her career took off when she was 17 and photographer Steven Meisel convinced her to shave her eyebrows off and dye her hair bright red for her first cover appearance for Italian Vogue.
- In 1998 she won the Vogue/VH1 Model of the Year Award.
- Karen has a non-identical twin sister called Kate, who is also a model, and two older step-brothers.
- Karen appeared in the 2001 & 2006 Pirelli Calendar.
- She appeared in the music video 'Blue Orchid' (2005) by American duo The White Stripes.

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