Behind the photos: Karen Elson

A naked woman with red hair cutout into a circle on a blue background.

Nashville member and British supermodel Karen Elson, who is one of fashion’s most iconic redheads, has spent lockdown completing and publishing her debut book, The Red Flame. This illustrated memoir chronicles her arc from a childhood in northern England, where she endured merciless bullying and struggled with an eating disorder, to her rise to fame as one of the industry’s most unique faces. In this video with fashion publicist, friend and fellow Nashville member Libby Callaway, she takes us behind the scenes of five memorable photoshoots from her twenty-year modelling career.

Follow along as she shares the stories of the legendary fashion folk she has collaborated with – from photographer Steven Meisel and makeup artist Pat McGrath to her 'ginger fairy godmother', stylist Grace Coddington. 
©The Red Flame by Karen Elson, Rizzoli New York, 2020.                              
Autographed and personalized copies of The Red Flame will be available through Parnassus Books in Nashville and available for worldwide delivery via this link.
Karen Elson
Libby Callaway
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