10 Models Who Sing

Models and rock stars have gone together like jeans and tees for decades, but recently a number of models have started to venture behind the microphone, albeit with mixed results.

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Models and rock stars have gone together like jeans and tees for decades, but recently models are venturing behind the microphone. Karen Elson is one of the most recent to show off her critically acclaimed vocal talents on her album, The Ghost Who Walks, and, in fact, both walked and provided the soundtrack for Tom Ford's much-celebrated womenswear runway show in September. Elson also boasts a rocker for a husband: She's married to Jack White.
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Model Irina Lazareanu has a long track record of working in music. She collaborated with former fiance Pete Doherty, and recently recorded an album with beau Sean Lennon called "Some Place Along the Way."
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One of the original models-turned-musicians, Grace Jones doesn't necessarily fit into any pre-existing categories. Besides her dual occupations, Jones has served as an androgynous, club-style icon in modern culture.
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Despite being genetically perfect, Naomi Campbell has had a hard time in life, from her anger-management issues to her abysmal music career. After appearing on Vanilla Ice's Cool as Ice single, the supermodel released her own album, Baby Woman, which tanked in the UK. It was, however, a sensation in Japan, grossing more than $1 million worldwide.
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It's not a matter of establishing one's credibility as a musician when it comes to Lissy Trullie: Her band's sound is so strong, it's more of a stretch for fans to accept her as a model who has appeared in Elle and served as the face of Chloe Sevigny's line for Opening Ceremony.
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Carla Bruni is an anomaly to human existence, enjoying several years as a top-model in the profession's heyday before launching a successful and ongoing singing career that coincides with her status as the First Lady of France.
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Originally discovered as a model, Milla Jovovich later advanced to tough-girl blockbuster action roles and was first signed to a record label in 1988. She continues to record vocal demos available for download on her website, and has collaborated with Tool and Nine Inch Nails musicians on tracks for the band Puscifer.
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Punky "It" girl Agyness Deyn put her mouth where her rocker-ish image was with vocals for the single Who by the Five O'Clock Heroes. Unfortunately, the foray was very poorly received, but at least she's got her day job to fall back on.
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Vanessa Paradis is a note-worthy case in reverse: While Karl Lagerfeld has made her a modeling star with her ads for Chanel, the French beauty first rose to fame as a singer, with the international hit, Joe le taxi when she was just 14. Between stints as the face of Chanel's Rouge Coco lipstick, Paradis has worked with Lenny Kravitz and continues to release new albums.
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Kate Moss has dated her fair share of rock stars, and The Daily Mail recently reported that the supermodel is planning to record an album sometime in 2011, with a little help from her boyfriend, Jamie Hince of The Kills.
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