Models have been subjects in music videos since the dawn of the art form, from George Michael’s 1990 hit “Freedom” (featuring Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, among others) to the 1991 Herb Ritts-directed Chris Isaak video for “Wicked Game,” featuring an underwear-clad Helena Christensen.
But today, these breathtaking beauties are getting in front of the mic – instead of just the camera – whether as part of campaigns in which they’re posing, duets with boyfriends or simply a voyage to conquer new frontiers.
While Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen are among the most recent catwalk queens to turn to music, we’ve rounded up 9 strutting singers and their most well-known tracks:
Flaming-haired face Karen Elson debuted her first album, The Ghost Who Walks, on XL Recordings in 2010, but the supermodel has been performing with the political cabaret troupe The Citizens Band in New York City since 2004. Karen also contributed back-up vocals to a remix of Robert Plant’s “Last Time I Saw Her” in 2003 and performed a duet of “I Love You (Me Either)” for Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisted with Cat Power in 2006.
Carla Bruni signed with City Models at age 19 and by the 1990s she had become one of the 20 highest-paid fashion models, earning $7.5 million in her peak year and working with fashion houses like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. In 1997, Carla quit fashion and pursued a career in music, which began with a debut album Quelqu’un m’a dit, which initially only sold well in Francophone countries. Her music has since appeared in Hans Canosa’s 2005 film Conversations with Other Women, H&M campaigns, 2003’s Le Divorce, 2009’s (500) Days of Summer and an episode of NBC’s Chuck.
Milla Jovovich launched her debut album, The Divine Comedy, in April 1994 – a collection of traditional Ukrainian folk songs that generated critical comparisons to Tori Amos and Kate Bush. In May 1999, the Resident Evil actress formed an experimental band with Chris Brenner called Plastic Has Memory, but the band never had a formal release despite playing a dozen shows. Her last known demo "Electric Sky" was debuted at the Life Ball in 2012, said to be part of an EP that has yet to be released.
Kate Moss, one of the world’s most iconic supermodels, may speak on a version of Brendan Fallis’ “Day and All Night” for Stuart Weitzman, but the British belle has flexed her vocal chords with ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles, Primal Scream’s 2003 version of “Some Velvet Morning” and The Lemonheads’ “You’re a Dirty Robot.” Kate also co-wrote four songs on the Babyshambles album Shotter’s Nation. Now that she’s married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, we wonder if a duet is in the works.
The latest Victoria’s Secret Angel to add “chanteuse” to her repertoire, Miranda Kerr has released a duet with Jersey Boys star Bobby Fox – a cover of “You’re the Boss,” originally performed by Elvis and Ann-Margaret for the 1964 film Viva Las Vegas.
The Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel has recorded two songs for H&M campaigns as of this year, including renditions of Blondie’s "Heart of Glass" and The Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night.”
Naomi Campbell may be good at a lot of things, but it seems singing might not be her strongest suit. Her debut (and only) album, Baby Woman, was released in 1994 and generally panned by critics. The silver lining was that it sold more than a million copies in Japan.
Irina Lăzăreanu released the duet "Strange Places" with musician Sean Lennon in 2006. The single was meant to tease out an album scheduled to launch in late 2006, but the album never materialized. The Chanel muse has said, “My music isn’t commercial… I just want to learn from people and do the best I can do.” In December 2007, during a Chanel presentation, Irina debuted four songs from her yet-to-be-released debut album, which were used as the soundtrack for the show.
Lissy Trullie moved to New York with her mother at the age of 16 and has since been muse to (and the face of) Chloë Sevigny’s clothing line and an early portrait subject for world-renowned art photographer Ryan McGinley. Lissy formed a band in 2009 called Lissy Trullie, which regularly played covers of Hot Chip’s "Ready for the Floor," Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” and Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.”