Christy Turlington Burns
Christy Turlington LF model duran duran biography
Background information
Born Christy Nicole Turlington
January 2, 1969
Walnut Creek, California, U.S
Occupation Model
Years active 1980s-present
Associated acts Duran Duran
George Michael

Christy Turlington Burns (born January 2, 1969) is an American model best known for representing Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007. Her work has included modelling for Duran Duran's Notorious album cover and featuring in the music video of "Notorious".


Born in Walnut Creek, California, Turlington is the middle of three daughters. She was discovered by local photographer Dennie Cody while riding horses in Miami, Florida, where her father was working as a training captain for Pan Am. Turlington began modeling after school from age 14 to 16 and during summers while she attended Monte Vista High School. After turning 18, she moved to New York City to model full-time, and later graduated from high school.

She has appeared on over 500 magazine covers and has been featured in several professional photobooks, including Peter Lindbergh's 10 Women, the cover of Arthur Elgort's Model Manual, Herb Ritts Man/Woman and Karl Lagerfeld's Off the Record.

Turlington has also appeared in two music videos. Fellow model Yasmin Le Bon got her husband Simon Le Bon to feature Turlington in their "Notorious" video in 1986, at the age of 17. In 1990, singer George Michael drew inspiration from Peter Lindbergh's January 1990 British Vogue cover (which features Turlington, Campbell, Evangelista, Crawford and Patitz) for his "Freedom" video. The video featured all top 5 female models along with their top 5 male counterparts, lip-syncing the song.

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