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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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