Supermodel Christy Turlington Returns to the Runway for the First Time in More Than Two Decades

The model closed out the Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week Wednesday

Christy Turlington is back!

Over two decades after saying goodbye to the modeling industry, Turlington, 50, returned to the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week.

The brunette beauty took attendees by surprise when she gracefully closed out the Marc Jacobs show Wednesday evening.

Turlington looked as youthful as ever strutting down the catwalk in a black feather gown paired with a matching hat and black leather boots.

Her last Marc Jacobs show was in 1993.

Turlington began her career at only 14 years old and grew to fame around the same time as top supermodels Naomi Campbell and Lina Evangelista.

When she turned 25 in 1994, Turlington closed the door on her catwalk career.


“I thought, you know what? I’d rather end it when I want to end it, rather than somebody else doing it for me,” Turlington told luxury magazine Du Jour in 2012, explaining her reason for quitting.

“I never really thought it was going to last that long anyway,” Turlington said.

Since her decision, Turlington remained a prominent figure in the modeling world.

She’s starred in a number of campaigns for Maybelline, Roberto Coin, Louis Vuitton. She was even featured in a Calvin Klein Eternity ad alongside her husband Ed Burns.

Christy Turlington walking the Marc Jacobs runway in 1993. George Chinsee/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

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In 2017, Turlington opened up further on the dark side of the modeling industry in wake of the #MeToo movement which saw many women in the entertainment and fashion industry speak publicly about the sexual abuse and harassment they had suffered.

“I have been thinking about this a lot since the news came out, and I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry,” the model told Women’s Wear Daily.

Christy Turlington. Tony Palmieri/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

“The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experienced at some point in our careers.”

Turlington says she was fortunate that she did not experience anything traumatic during her tenure, but acknowledged her luck: “That is not the norm.”

Aside from her work in fashion, Turlington supports a number of charities and started her own non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, which works to support women who do not have access to property maternity care.

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