By Stephanie Eckardt. Photos: Getty.
Since her 18th birthday, when Steven Meisel convinced her to shave off her eyebrows for a Vogue Italia cover in 1997, the model and musician Karen Elson has become more than used to presenting herself in daring looks for the public eye—and, of course, also pulling them off. She spent the '90s in sheer dresses that seemed to make her skin even more translucent while attending major events alongside designer dates like a mullet-bearing Jeremy Scott and a fan-carrying Karl Lagerfeld, the latter of whom famously—and fondly—referred to Elson as "a mixture of something from the Middle Ages and a mutant from another planet." All that amplified once Elson paired up with the equally pale musician Jack White in the 2000s, which brought along a bevy of color-coordinated black outfits. After all, it's not just Elson's vampiric beauty that's earned her a reputation for being just a bit goth: over the years, she's consistently opted for fishnets, darker designers like Alexander McQueen, and even temporary septum rings, like at the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala—an event Elson's consistently come through for, even in a bejeweled Dolce & Gabbana crown. As she pivots even further into music, with her sophomore album Double Roses out next month, take a look back at Elson's ever enduring style over the years, here.
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