12/16/2010 08:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Karen Elson Then & Now (PHOTOS, POLL)

Model Karen Elson's career took off when she was 18 and shot by Steven Meisel for the cover of Vogue Italia...with her freshly-dyed tresses and a set of shaved-off eyebrows. But a glamourous beginning, it wasn't. Elson recently remembered for the Telegraph:

'I'd be backstage and every journalist would ask, "You're a freak; how does it feel?" And I'd be like, "I'm 18, I don't know how it feels,"' Elson says imitating her frightened teenage self. '"Can I just go and smoke a cigarette, please?"

Since then, the redheaded bombshell has come into her own, scoring countless covers, campaigns and catwalks, launching a music career and marrying Jack White of the White Stripes. She's also been spotted on many red carpets, showing off her love of color and her girly side.

Check out Karen Elson then and now.