Karen Elson reflects on conquering ‘biggest fears’ during past decade

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexan…

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

In recent years, Karen has juggled her modelling career with making music, releasing her second album Double Roses in 2017, and taking to Instagram at the end of 2019, noted that not all changes in her personal and professional life have been easy.

“As this decade comes to a close, like many I’m reflecting on the past 10 years. I’m going to be honest this decade at times felt like I was running a never-ending uphill marathon, but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt this decade was that ‘this too shall pass’ and thank God this has always rang true, when blue skies and silver linings appeared in the darkest moments,” she wrote alongside a selfie showing her flashing a big smile. “I’ve conquered some of my biggest fears this decade simply believing in myself and speaking my truth was always hard for me, but this decade I finally found my voice.”

Karen went on to explain that she is “immensely proud” of her music, just as she is of her two children, whom she shares with her musician ex-husband Jack White.

“Music like fashion brought many experiences into my life some were not always pleasant but they taught me valuable lessons I clearly needed. I’ve watched my children grow and blossom into the brilliant young adults they’re becoming,” the 40-year-old mused. “I’ve loved, lost, made mistakes, mourned those who are no longer here and shed my skin more times than I can count. I don’t regret anything and I’m happy to turn the page and dive in head first into the unknown with a big smile on my face this 2020.”

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Karen Elson still suffers with the anxiety that crippled her childhood

Karen Elson can feel like a caged animal when an anxiety attack hits.The British model opened up about her battle with anxiety on Instagram last month (Oct18) to mark World Mental Health Day, where she told her followers that she once suffered an attac…

Karen Elson can feel like a caged animal when an anxiety attack hits.

The British model opened up about her battle with anxiety on Instagram last month (Oct18) to mark World Mental Health Day, where she told her followers that she once suffered an attack so severe as a child that she was hospitalised.

Although she’s learned to deal with the condition as an adult, the 39-year-old admitted in an interview with ES Magazine that her anxiety can still strike.

“These days it’s not anywhere near as crippling as it was when I was younger, but it still hits me from out of nowhere sometimes, where my heart’s palpitating and I’m taking shallow breaths. I feel like a caged animal,” she sighed.

As well as her success as a model, Karen has also launched a music career, and raises children Scarlett and Henry with her ex-husband, The White Stripes’ Jack White.

And as she approaches her 40th in January, the flame-haired model is adamant that she finally feels comfortable in her own skin.

“Which has taken a long time,” she shared. “I feel really empowered right now, and that’s a lot to do with the confidence that comes with being in the fashion world for a long time. I’m no longer intimidated by the people I used to be intimidated by.

“As I’ve got older, I fundamentally know the basics of who I am. I know I’m a good person. I know my kids are being raised with all the love in the world. I know I give work my all. And I make time to have fun with my friends.”

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Karen Elson: ‘Fashion’s #MeToo has been a long time coming’

Karen Elson is delighted that her work has helped protect fellow models from sexual exploitation.The British model and singer, who has walked the runway for top brands including Chanel, Versace and Gucci, is one of 31 members of The Model Alliance’s ad…

Karen Elson is delighted that her work has helped protect fellow models from sexual exploitation.

The British model and singer, who has walked the runway for top brands including Chanel, Versace and Gucci, is one of 31 members of The Model Alliance’s advisory board, which aims to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity within the fashion sector.

Recently the organisation teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and pledged to provide models with private changing areas during the New York Fashion Week runway shows, and Karen is encouraged by the new initiatives put in place to safeguard those in the industry.

“It’s been a really long time coming,” the 39-year-old told USA Today at the amFAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night (07Feb18). “Fashion shows are situations where girls are often naked, getting changed in front of strangers… and we don’t have background checks for the people who are helping us change. Up until now, there hasn’t been a great level of privacy. So personally, I think it’s a huge victory for me, for creating a safer and more accountable fashion industry.”

The veteran has modelled since the age of 16, and these days she juggles her fashion and music career with being a mum to children Scarlett, 11, and 10-year-old son Henry, who she has with ex-husband, musician Jack White.

Karen went on to share that motherhood has played a part in changing her perspective of the industry she’s worked in for over 20 years.

“I could not imagine putting my daughter in a scenario where she’s getting naked in front of a bunch of strangers. I’m an adult woman and I want to see it safer for women like myself and I want to see it safe for young girls. It’s about time that we all (become) accountable,” she declared.

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