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Notes to Self Model turned musician Karen Elson finds her songs on the inside



IT CAN BE EASY, listening to Karen Elson talk, to think of her as a doll. One of those paper dolls that girls’ magazines used to print, with a series of cutout outfits for them to wear. Not because she started out as a model. More because when she describes her 38 years on the planet, they come across as a series of high-speed costume changes. First, the teenage supermodel with shaved eyebrows, photographed by Steven Meisel in 1997 and described by Karl Lagerfeld as “a mixture of something from the Middle Ages and a mutant from another planet”; the young jet-setter, storming through the ’90s and quelling her fear of long-haul lights with half a Xanax and a gin and tonic; the 26-year-old bride marrying American musician Jack White in a canoe on the Amazon in 2005; and then, in the years before she released her first album, the mother of two huddled with her acoustic guitar, writing songs in secret.

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