Karen Elson replaced Angelina Jolie as the face of knitwear label St. John. However, why this switch took place is still up for some debate. St. John CEO Glenn McMahon says it was time for a break from actresses and blondes, referring to Jolie and St. John’s original model, Kelly Gray, the daughter of one of the founders and a former creative director at the company. However, McMahon has also told sources that Jolie — who reportedly had issues with the dresses that she was given to wear to red carpet events — “overshadowed the brand,” prompting reports that Jolie had been dumped in favor of Elson. St. John now insists Jolie’s three-year contract with St John ended amicably in 2008 and there was no controversy.
I, for one, am happy with this switch. We see so much for Angelina Jolie as it is, and I can never see enough of Karen Elson. I mean, check out that hair.