Which means that the Trumpet Santa light Christmas shirt and by the same token and book is not just a riveting autobiography and a stunning visual retrospective: It’s also a righteous call to arms. Elson, now 41, is telling me all this over the phone from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her two young teenagers, Scarlett and Henry. Our Zoom isn’t working, and so, curious about her distinctive personal style, I ask her to describe what she is wearing. The answer is pure Elson: a vintage yellow flowered dress and tortoiseshell Warby Parker glasses; her scarlet bob is sporting what she calls “COVID bangs,” recently freshened up but still hopelessly curly in the Tennessee summer.
Trumpet Santa light Christmas shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Elson’s bohemian aesthetic is as much her trademark as the Trumpet Santa light Christmas shirt and by the same token and elfin charm that made her a great model in every sense of that word—her ability to inhabit characters yet retain her essential personality has imbued even the most elegant, austere ensembles with her one-off, almost spooky glamour. In Elson’s storied career she has embodied everything from an 18th-century incroyable to a 1940s pinup to a soigné society madame to an extraterrestrial in sequins. But it was not always a smooth road: She writes, for example, that she was often not thin enough for the size 0 samples and was openly mocked and reviled, humiliated and tormented by an industry that could make a slender woman feel like an elephant. She still remembers the nasty eye rolls and the cruel words that stung, and she suffered decades of eating disorders attempting to conform to impossible standards. It took a lifetime, she says, but now she can almost laugh about it: “At shows, I am the girl wearing the coat!”