“I love fashion, but I’m not obsessed with it.” Christy Turlington
One of the 1990s’ supermodels, Christy Turlington received her big break after posing for the 1987 Vogue Italy. Several years later, she, along with Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, were baptized the “Trinity.” Turlington, who rejects being referred to as “supermodel,” is also famous for being a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics.
As one of 1993 People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Turlington’s face became the inspiration for mannequins in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The co-owner of the now-defunct Fashion Café is an active anti-smoking activist who previously had an early stage of emphysema. The disease was caused by her 10-year smoking habit, which she stopped in 1995. Turlington also supports PETA and appeared nude for one of PETA’s posters, with stated “I’d rather go naked than wear fur.”
As for her romantic life, Turlington previously had a highly publicized relationship with actor Jason Patric, Roger Wilson (1987-1991) and Christian Slater (1994-1995). She is now married to filmmaker Edward Burns and has two children.
Passion for Horses
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of an English father and an El Salvadorian mother, Christy Nicole Turlington was born in Walnut Creek, California, on January 2, 1969, and grew up in Danville, California. She was initially very interested in horses and horseback riding.
Encouraged by her father, 13-year old Christy began joining local competitions and training at Coral Gables. She began adorning magazine pages soon after being discovered by photographer Dennie Cody. Christy completed her education at Danville’s Monte Vista High School and the Gallatin School of the New York University (majored in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy).
Also fluent in Spanish, Christy married actor/filmmaker Edward Burns on June 7, 2003. They have two children, daughter Grace (born on October 25, 2003) and son Finn (born in February 2006).
Thanks to Dennie Cody’s photographs, Christy Turlington was hired instantly by a local agency and had her first photo session in the advertisements for a store chain called Emporium Capwell. Later, New York’s modeling scout Eileen Ford heard about Turlington and offered her a job in Paris, which apparently did not go well. The teenage model then posed for Vogue before finishing her high school education.
Turlington had her breakthrough cover shot for the 1987 Vogue Italy. Soon, designers like Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Gianni Versace and Azzedine Alaia, who were looking for fresh faces for their fashion shows, recruited her to be one of their models. She quickly became one of the five supermodels in 1990s, along with Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. Turlington, Campbell and Evangelista, who often appeared together in shows, were then christened the “Trinity.” In 1989, the model signed a contract with Calvin Klein and became the spokesmodel for his perfume “Eternity,” as well as represented Maybelline’s cosmetic line. Later, she also became a spokesmodel for Strenesse.
In the 1990s, Turlington made appearances as herself in several screen projects, such as Robert Altman’s fashion “mockumentary” movie Prêt-à-Porter (1994), the documentaries Unzipped (1995) and Catwalk (1996), as well as the TV program FashionKingdom (1998). She also appeared in the music video for George Michael’s “Freedom ‘90” and Duran Duran’s “Notorious.”
Turlington became a partner of the skincare line “Sundari” and two clothing lines, “Nuala” and “Mahanuala.” On August 11, 2006, it was reported that the supermodel again signed a multi-year contract with Maybelline.
Turlington, with measurements 35B-22-35 (source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine), has now been on the cover of nearly 1,000 magazines since 1987, including Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She has appeared in the commercials for Anne Klein, Balenciaga, Christian Dior Haute couture, Gianfranco Ferré, Mango, Revlon, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.