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Christy Turlington Returns to the Runway After 20+ Years

Christy Turlington Returns to the Runway After 20+ Years

The last couple of years have seen the supermodel titans of the 90s returning to the runway with a vengeance, the latest being Christy Turlington.

Among the model elite, Christy has always been my favorite. Cindy was the sporty all-American beauty, Naomi was sultry with a notorious attitude, Linda was the brash chameleon, but Christy always seemed sidelined as the underrated one among the bunch. People love a big, bold archetype and with her practically-perfect-in-every-way features, natural elegance and kind demeanor, it’s hard to put her in a box. But that hasn’t stopped her from shining, as she was one of the top earners in her prime, bringing in a reported $1.7 million in 1992.

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More low-key and self-aware than her peers, she was highly successful but always downplaying her status, and constantly denying Linda Evangelista’s infamous quote about the two women “never getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.” Lacking the ego of her colleagues, she perfectly balanced the line between the sweet, girl-next-door and one of the sexiest women alive. She paused her career in its prime to get a degree in comparative religion and Eastern philosophy, start a charity to support maternal health, and get a masters in public health.

Christy triumphantly reclaimed the catwalk in the Marc Jacobs Fall 2019 Show on the last day of New York Fashion Week in a Black Swan dress; an average look immensely elevated by her wearing it. Despite the 50-year-old model closing the show, she reaffirmed that this was simply one more walk for old times sake, posting about the opportunity on Instagram:

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About tonight! OMG @themarcjacobs invited me to close his beautiful show tonight and I couldn’t resist. A. I have known and loved this man since I met him at age 16. B. I turned 50 this year and have arrived at a place where “Why the F not” is the answer that comes up when I ask myself questions. C. I have a 15 year old daughter who I desperately want to see and hear me and this is a medium that “speaks”to her. So, thank you’s are in order, @karliekloss @gigihadid and @kaiagerber and all the lovely young women I have met briefly in the recent past or met tonight. You are ALL women I would want my daughter to emulate in your grace, confidence and elegance. Always reassuring to have @guidopalau @diane.kendal @stephenjonesmillinery and @kegrand encouraging you on and making you look and feel your best. And while that muscle did not hurt as much as I would have thought to exercise again, after 20 plus years, I am not certain I could beat the experience of tonight or wish to try! Now I can say exactly when and for whom I last walked a runway and feel so proud and grateful to all the forces of nature who made it possible! 😘@1.800.newbold & Congratulations for all of the amazing people who put shows like this together. I am in awe of the efforts I was able to witness firsthand and truly appreciate from a new perspective over the last couple of days all the effort that goes in. Bravo!

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