Christy Turlington

Christie Turlington was born in 1969 in California and remains to this day, one of the best known super models in the world.

Christie was discovered while riding a horse by photographer Dennie Cody, she started modelling aged 14 in between school terms and eventually started modelling full time aged 18.

Christie was incredibly successful from almost the first photo taken of her. She was just 17 when fellow model Yasim Le Bon’s husband, Simon Le Bon of band, Duran Duran featured Christie in their video ‘Notorious’. In 1990 Christie again featured in a music video, this time for George Michael alongside Naomi CampbellLinda EvangelistaCindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz for the song ‘Freedom’.

Casting agent James Scully on Christie: “The greatest model of all time! You could combine every model to this day into one person, and they wouldn’t come close (sorry, girls). Probably the biggest crush I’ve ever had on a girl”

Christie has appeared on over 500 fashion magazine covers, including one of 14 special edition covers of V magazine, each cover featured a prestigious model either from the super model era or new rising stars. She has also been featured in several professional photobooks including ‘Peter Lindbergh’s 10 Women’.

On her fortieth birthday W magazine honoured Christie by putting together a collection of iconic images from her career, from the late 80s to present day.

In 2000 Christie met actor and director Edward Burns and within weeks they were engaged, the Italian wedding they had planned was postponed after the 9/11 attacks and they eventually broke up. They re-united and married in 2003.

Christie now spends a lot of time doing humanitarian work, in 2005 she started working with CARE, an international humanitarian organization and is now their advocate for maternal health. She has also been an ambassador for (RED) since their launch in 2006.

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Written by Roanna Price

Roanna Price, fascinated by the escapism, imagination and conversation that can be conjured in the glossy page of fashion writing. Journalism graduate in Liverpool Roanna is responsible for our Top Model Biographies section.

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