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Karen Elson: 'I'm not chasing youth'

Karen Elson: 'I'm not chasing youth'

Karen Elson has no interest in chasing unattainable beauty.

The 37-year-old model made a name for herself in the ‘90s, working with everyone from Jean Paul Gaultier to Louis Vuitton. She’s also shot with some of fashion's most revered photographers, including Bruce Weber and Mario Testino.

The mother-of-two is still an in demand model, opening the Versace couture show in July (16), but admits that trying to compete with younger models isn’t high on her agenda.

“Our society is chasing unattainable standards of beauty,” she sighed to Britain’s ES Magazine. ‘Staying young is supposedly the most coveted thing. I actually think the opposite - I mean look at women like Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon… women getting older, all the life experience they have - that is beauty to me.”

She cites Helena Bonham Carter as another of her icons, praising the actress' individual style.

As well as her modelling work, Karen is also a keen singer and released her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, in 2010. It was produced by her ex-husband, The White Stripes star Jack White, and Karen reveals that next year (17) she’s hoping to start work on the follow up record.

“I’m very excited. It took me a while to get it done - I need to be in the right head space to reveal myself,” she shared, but adds that performing makes her feel anxious. “I’m usually terrified… It’s one thing twirling around and having a great time on a photo shoot but it’s another thing getting on stage and singing because it means baring my actual self.”

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