05/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Karen Elson On Her New Album: It 'Wasn't Some Sort Of Vanity Project'

Model Karen Elson talked to WWD about her newest project--a music album to be released this summer. Elson said she was inspired by Hank WIlliams, Patsy Cline and living in Nashville...and that there's even a few "murder ballads" on the record. But is Elson as at home on stage as she is on the runway?

"On the runway, I just feel so awkward. I feel like I'm the clumsiest model. I see all these beautiful 6-foot-tall amazons and 5-foot-8 me who still can't even walk in heels, and as much as I try, I usually end up tripping up somewhere. [But] the payoff with singing is that you're singing your songs. The payoff with the runway, maybe there isn't one. I'm just crossing my fingers that I'm not going to fall."

Elson also talked about the influx of the "slashies," or models who have additional talents.

WWD: Are you worried your modeling career will prevent your album from being taken seriously?

K.E.: I was unbearably concerned and insecure about that, and that's what has taken me so long to put a record out. Model-slash-anything is just such a [stigma], which is a shame because I know so many ridiculously talented models. It's just the connotation of the word 'model.' If you said waitress-slash-singer or secretary-slash-singer, it's all fine. [But] this album wasn't some sort of vanity project where I said, "Hey, Jack, let's make a record so I can be a singer now." I worked incredibly hard at making it legitimate.

But Elson isn't the only model/singer! Check out eight other models who sing.