Hailing from New York, Binns has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years. Binns began her career in the arts, working as a muse to the legendary artist Jean Michel Basquiat. In addition to hosting Downtown NY nights, with guest lists consisting of painters, photographers, actors and writers, she created the first of moving warehouse parties called Soulboys. Binns previously studied and worked on designer Andre Walker's Paris catwalk shows, and was also the creative director for Tori Amos. Binns has consulted for designers including Ashish, Maharishi and Kanye West, and worked with the Victoria & Albert Museum. Binns has contributed to publications including Dazed, Rolling Stone, True, and Untold . She currently has her own UK based pop art journal called What? Karen co-leads the British Fashion Council’s Mentoring & Talent ID and Race Sub-Committees under the organisation’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative.