“I’m looking forward to joining the... roster of women who have personified the image of beauty for Estée Lauder over the years. This is an incredible opportunity.” Carolyn Murphy
One of the world’s top fashion models, Carolyn Murphy is famous for being the 1998 VH1/Vogue’s “Model of the Year” and the face of Estee Lauder, replacing Elizabeth Hurley. She further boosted her popularity by gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition in 2005. She also has done campaigns for world-prominent design houses like Versace, Gucci, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Privately speaking, Murphy, whose measurements are 32-24-34, formerly dated model Mark Vanderloo. She married surfing entrepreneur Jake Schroeder, with whom she has a daughter, Dylan Blue, from 1999 to 2002. She is now romantically involved with the lead singer of the band Incubus Brandon Boyd.
Blond Haired Gene Tierney
Childhood and Family:
Born on August 11, 1975, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Carolyn Murphy spent most of her early years in a trailer park in Panama City, Florida. Though she did not have any intentions of becoming a model during her childhood, she finally attended a modeling school following the advice of her mother. When she was 16, Carolyn was discovered by Mary Lou Nash, the owner and operator of a modeling agency named ‘Mary Lou’s Models.’ After graduating from Choctawhatchee Senior High School, she relocated to Milan to further pursue her modeling career.
In October 1999, Carolyn, who earned nickname The Blond Haired Gene Tierney (Elle magazine, 1998), was married to surf shop owner Jake Schroeder, whom she met while on holiday. The couple welcomed their first child, 8lbs 8oz. baby girl Dylan Blue, on December 28, 2000. The marriage ended in separation in 2002.
Spotted by an agent when she was 16 years old, Carolyn Murphy soon appeared on local ads and magazines throughout Alabama and Florida and then made her way to Milan to model more professionally after graduating from high school. Before she knew it, Murphy was on her way modeling in Paris and New York.
Murphy’s career kicked into fast pace when the model bleached her hair platinum blonde for a photo shoot that resulted in ruining her hair and causing it to fall out. For this reason, she had to get a short hair cut which made her a favorite among many major photographers. She quickly graced on the covers of many top fashion magazines such as Vogue (U.S., France, UK, and Italy), Harper’s Bazaar, Elle (UK and France), W and Marie Claire (Italy). Her big breakthrough arrived when she was voted VH1/Vogue’s “Model of the Year” at the 1998 Fashion Awards.
With a supermodel status on her hands, Murphy made a successful transition from model to actress in 1999, when she played the supporting role of Dubbie the Blonde in the Barry Levinson-helmed Liberty Heights, which starred Adrien Brody, Ben Foster and Orlando Jones. She earned good reviews for her performance in the drama/comedy film. The same year, she was also featured on the cover of Vogue’s “Models of the Millennium” and posed for the 1999 exclusive Pirelli Calendar club.
Murphy had starred in Calvin Klein’s perfume commercials and print ads for the “Contradiction” fragrance when she experienced huge victory with her million-dollar contract with Estee Lauder in September 2001, replacing actress-producer Elizabeth Hurley as the company’s primary female spokes person. The start of Murphy’s Estee Lauder career was marked by her first emergence in the billion-dollar company’s international magazine campaign, and in ads for its makeup and skin care lines, and even its spa. In 2002, she posed for Playboy calendar.
“I never thought I’d make the pages of Sports Illustrated because I’ve always been skinny. But after I had my daughter, I had hips, I had boobs....” Carolyn Murphy
The supermodel again became the center of interest when she landed the popular cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition in February 2005. She was in SI’s Swimsuit Edition in 2004, but making the cover can be considered somewhat an accomplishment.
Also a regular on the catwalk, Murphy has worked for many famous designers, including Valentino, Prada, DKNY, Moschino, Givenchy, Fendi, Versace, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.