Lou Doillon is carrying on a long traditional of models who fancy their vocal cords just as attractive as their faces. These ladies may be pretty, but occasionally their singing is downright ugly. Here are a few runway beauties who have attempted to step from the catwalk to the concert hall.
Perhaps the most prolific singing model, the ’60s sensation of swinging London released albums all through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Warning: Her most recent effort, 2011’s “Romantically Yours,” is pure saccharin. Her finest work can be found in her late 1960s catalog of singles, such as “Beautiful Dreams.”
Bruni quit fashion to pursue a singing career, one that was well received critically and commercially. Her warm voice and delicate chansons are reminiscent of 1960s French singer Francoise Hardy. The 2003 release “Quelqu’un m’a dit” (“Someone Told Me”) debuted at No. 1 on the French album chart. No longer the first lady of France (she’s married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy), Bruni released her third album, “Little French Songs,” in Europe this past April.
Her 1994 album, “Baby Woman,” eked out a bit of success in the UK. The only single from the album, “Love and Tears,” reached No. 40 on the UK singles chart, but the album was (deservedly) lambasted by critics. It was, however, a hit in Japan, where it sold more than a million copies.
Banks’s 2004 song “Shake Ya Body” was the musical equivalent of a model falling down on the runway. A disjointed mess of self-promotional schlock, “Shake Ya Body” was like something scraped off the bottom of Beyoncé’s shoe. Thankfully no album followed.
The British model has been just as serious about her music as her modeling, even before she married Jack White. (They announced their split in 2011.) As a teenager she even fronted a mariachi band. Her 2010 album, “The Ghost Who Walks,” is a folksy, bluesy collection of haunting, gothic-country murder ballads and dust bowl laments.
For H&M’s Fall 2013 advertising campaign, Bundchen gets into the recording booth and tackles the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night.” It’s an admirable first effort, but it’s difficult to get past what sounds like the supermodel singing, “Boy, I want to be which you,” instead of “Boy, I want to be with you.” At least she holds the headphones to her head like a real pro.