Channel ‘90s Fashion Icon Christy Turlington With These 5 Looks

By Nicole Andre
·  4 min read
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Seeing as she is a member of the Big Six, any woman who was a teenager in the ‘90s (and those who weren’t for that matter) is bound to recognize the name Christy Turlington.

The California born model grew up with a love for horseback riding and once said that, before having kids, it was always the time she was the happiest. As luck would have it, she was discovered at age 14 while horseback riding in Miami. After only modeling for two years, her career took off when she was signed to one of the largest international modeling agencies, Ford Models.

Becoming the Face of the 90's

One of six top models in the ‘90s, Christy was known throughout the industry for her stunning features. She set a record for one of the highest-paying contracts at seven-figures. The contract was to be the face of Calvin Klein. Her career has had great staying power as she was recently the face of the Calvin Klein Eternity Campaign — the famous campaign she did in 1989 — only now she’s alongside her husband.

Family has been an important aspect of Christy’s life — she has been married to Edward Burns for 17 years with whom she shares two beautiful children, Grace and Finn Burns. It was actually her motherhood that inspired one of the main things she is known for outside of her modeling career — philanthropy. After having a childbirth complication of her own, she learned hundreds of thousands of women die every year from not having proper maternity care when complications arise. She was so shaken by this information that she made the documentary No Woman, No Cry and founded Every Mother Counts.

Now at 51, Christy Turlington Burns is a fashion icon. Her style can be best described as elegant and understated. Like any true fashion icon, she’s not one to follow trends but holds to her personal taste, which has allowed her to create a look that has aged with her throughout her decades-long career.


About the furthest thing away from trends is the timeless black dress or LBD. This is a look Christy has mastered and something that people have come to be able to expect from her. The neutral shade is an example of her understated style. Because the LBD is understated, it can take you from the office to dinner with the girls to, in Christy’s case, a red carpet. Black looks amazing on everyone, and the best part, you won’t look like you’re trying too hard.

The Deep V-Neck

Christy often opts for a deep v-neck when going out or stepping onto the red carpet. It’s a classic neckline. Christy does it well by sticking to neutrals like black because it allows the neckline to take center stage and helps to offset some of that drama. But you don’t have to wear a v-neck that’s as deep as hers to get the same eye-catching, flattering effect.

Menswear Done Right

Christy is a master at making menswear look feminine. Similar to the dresses and v-necks, Christy usually rocks this look in neutral shades. The pantsuit can feel like a daring option if you’ve never worn one before. My advice is to follow Christy’s lead and keep the colors neutral and make sure the fit is good. Subtle makeup and polished hair finish off the look nicely.

Bold Colors

The one thing that has been missing so far from Christy’s wardrobe? Color! While she tends to keep things more neutral, when she does wear color she tends to jump in headfirst. The bold red is perfect for the fashion model to turn heads in!

The Natural Makeup Look

Makeup is a key part of any look and can change the overall effect completely. Christy has been wearing the no-makeup makeup look before it became a buzzword in the beauty community. Aside from her occasional red lip, Christy’s makeup is always subtle when she isn’t modeling. She has said that she doesn’t really care to wear much. The whole idea is to let your unique features shine through. Her look complements her understated style perfectly.

Closing Thoughts

When it comes to her personal style, Christy Turlington hasn’t been anything if not consistent. Her consistency is the mark of a woman who understands her unique style and has developed a look that works for her. Perhaps modeling all different kinds of clothes helped her to learn what she felt the most comfortable in. 

When figuring out your own personal style, a look through your closet for the patterns of what you wear the most (and enjoy wearing) should give you some clues about what to pick out the next time you go shopping.

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