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Who knew? Karen Elson has a (model) twin sister!

2 November 2011
Karen and Kate Elson for H&M
Karen and Kate Elson for H&M

H&M has released images from its holiday (or Crimblemas to you and me) campaign. Just like last year, it is a selection of hawt models with members of their families, from Georgia May Jagger and Jerry Hall, to Kristen McMenamy and her sons; each looking mistletoe-worthy decked out in snuggly H&M knitwear. Aah. One of the most intriguing pictures is this one of Karen Elson, her flame-coloured tresses contrasting strikingly with her partner’s black hair, who turned out to be her twin sister! Ah how sweet, what a photogenic family. A quick session of internet research turns up the fact that Kate Elson was scouted at the same time as Karen, aged 16 in Manchester, and went on to be a bit of a supermodel in her own right.

Kate Elson SHOWstudio SLEEP film
Kate Elson SHOWstudio SLEEP film


Fanni and Kate Elson for SHOWstudio SLEEP project

Here is some footage of her from 2001 shot by SHOWstudio in one of their arty projects where they made films of supermodels sleeping in full designer gear, called, appropriately enough, ‘Sleep’.  At the time, it was streamed live around the world so people could watch at home how the perfect hair, makeup and styling disintegrated throughout the night. Quirky, no?


Karen Elson Shot by Kate Elson for NYLON
Karen Elson Shot by Kate Elson for NYLON

Karen Elson Shot by Kate Elson for NYLON

After completing her career in modelling with work for brands such as Balenciaga, Lagerfeld Gallery, Moschino, Betsey Johnson, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs and loads of others under her belt she swapped to the other side of the camera, working as a Hollywood producer AND keeping her hand in as a photographer too. In 2010 she shot Karen in this dreamy outdoor editorial for NYLON magazine. What with Karen Elson’s haunting songwriting and crooning skills, and now the knowledge that her sister is so creative too, we can only begin to imagine what ACTUAL Christmas round the Elsons is like. It must be charades-arama! We like!

Karen Elson by Kate Elson
Karen Elson by Kate Elson

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