Vintage News | On Beauty: Christy Turlington Burns

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Christy Turlington for Vogue UK July 1986 by Patrick Demarchelier.



She's one of the original Nineties supermodels, has founded a charity dedicated to international maternal health and has run no less than six marathons - Christy Turlington Burns is undeniably an impressive woman as well as a pretty (read: extraordinarily beautiful) face. This year she celebrates the latest chapter in her decades-long partnership with Calvin Klein's Eternity fragrance family, as the Eternity Intense scent launches with a campaign featuring the supermodel alongside her husband Ed Burns. Here, Vogue talks to Turlington-Burns about beauty, her memories of the Nineties and what marathon-running means to her. 


On her Nineties supermodel days

I really don’t miss much about the fashion show seasons – when it’s happening here in New York I’m always like, oh wow, this is a good time to be out of the city. I don’t miss the unrelenting schedule that it brings, and the crowds and the media. But I miss a bit of the camaraderie. When I think back that was the most fun thing about it. To do something that’s rigorous and exhausting and then to be able to celebrate at the end of it – get away and have a girlfriend to laugh about it with. I grew up one of three girls so it felt comfortable to have a bit of a group – there was a dormitory kind of feeling doing the shows and travelling from New York to London to Paris to Milan together.


On her many British Vogue covers

I really liked the most recent one I did – Patrick Demarchelier shot it and I like it because I feel like me now. That always feels most healthy and natural! But if I look back at the old ones then my first one is memorable – I had my hair sort of wrapped up and was wearing a Donna Karan wrap top – her brand was new at the time so it was kind of a moment. Patrick shot that one too. With any images I’ve been in throughout my career, it’s the more natural ones I feel best about. Any of the ones with too many risks and statements don’t hold up so well! There’s one I did with Mario Testino and when you see it it’s just a nightmare! No eyebrows, retro big hair…


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