Christy Turlington Quit Modelling for a Truly Powerful Reason

Meghan Blalock

Chrisy Turlington Burns was right alongside Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss at the height of the fashion modelling world of the '80s and '90s when she abruptly walked away from it all in 1994. She has now opened up to Humanity magazine about why she made that decision, and her reason can and should inspire women everywhere.

"I remember I had finally quit smoking and had gained some weight, and I was in Paris for the couture shows and I remember that moment when I thought, 'You know what, I'm doing something healthy for myself, and they're judging me and I don't want to subject myself to it anymore,'" she said of the moment she changed her outlook on modelling. "And it's such an empowering feeling when you can make that choice."

Not long after, she left the industry and enrolled in religion and philosophy classes in New York.  

"I thought about it for a long time, and I guess I still really haven't fully given modelling up, but in my mind I did. I went back to school and moved on in my life," she reveals. "I remember somebody telling me that they were in a location-scouting van [in New York] and they saw me walk by with my backpack, and they were like, 'Oh, poor thing.' And I'm thinking: 'Poor thing? I'm getting my education, you fools.'"

Go, Christy, go! Keep scrolling to shop model-off-duty–inspired pieces, then tell us what you think of Turlington Burns's decision in the comments below!

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