kelly gray st john St. John's doesn't want a 'blonde.' Like daughter Kelly Gray?So, clothing line St. John decided to replace their spokesmodel for the past three years, Angelina Jolie, with model/rock star wife Karen Elson because Angie’s fame “overshadowed the brand.”

OK. Fine. It’s their money, they should hire who they want with it.

But St. John CEO Glenn McMahon also told Women’s Wear Daily that they wanted to “steer away from blondes.”

]]>Gisele Bundchen was St. John’s spokesmodel, but the original face of St. John was the extremely blonde model Kelly Gray. Who is Kelly Gray? She just happens to be the daughter of Robert and Marie Gray who founded the St. John line back in 1962. Not only did Kelly model for St. John she worked her way up at the company, from reception to shipping and accounting until she ultimately became the CEO and creative director. Kelly left St. John in 2005 and in 2006 started the men’s line Royal Underground with Motley Crue’s bassist Nikki Sixx. What’s up with her replacement wanting to “steer away from blondes” then? Is it an homage that Kelly Gray will always be the one true St. John blonde, or something more catty? When it comes to fashion, the claws are always out. Follow Zap2it’s Dish Rag on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest celebrity news and buzz.
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