We’ve been graced with supermodel runway appearances from Naomi, Kate, Cindy, Carla, and Claudia in the last couple years, but one super who’s notably remained off the runway? Christy Turlington Burns.
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All of that changed tonight when the legendary model came out of runway retirement to close the show at Marc Jacobs. The appearance marked her first on the catwalk in over 20 years, with her last walk taking place back in the 1990s. For her grand return, Christy hit the runway in a black feather cocktail dress with a matching fascinator and black leather boots.
Just one month after turning 50 years old, the supermodel looked as stunning as ever in the show. The last time she walked a runway for Marc Jacobs was back in 1993, when she modelled his famous grunge collection for Perry Ellis. Her look tonight, however, was anything but grunge.
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On Instagram, the supermodel explained why she returned to the runway after all these years. “I turned 50 this year and have arrived at a place where ‘Why the F not’ is the answer that comes up when I ask myself questions,” she wrote.
But her 15-year-old daughter, Grace Burns, also played a part in the decision. “I have a 15 year old daughter who I desperately want to see and hear me and this is a medium that ‘speaks’ to her,” Turlington explained before crediting today’s generation of models for inspiring her daughter. “So, thank you’s are in order, @karliekloss@gigihadid and @kaiagerber and all the lovely young women I have met briefly in the recent past or met tonight. You are ALL women I would want my daughter to emulate in your grace, confidence and elegance.”
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About tonight! OMG @themarcjacobs invited me to close his beautiful show tonight and I couldn’t resist. A. I have known and loved this man since I met him at age 16. B. I turned 50 this year and have arrived at a place where “Why the F not” is the answer that comes up when I ask myself questions. C. I have a 15 year old daughter who I desperately want to see and hear me and this is a medium that “speaks”to her. So, thank you’s are in order, @karliekloss @gigihadid and @kaiagerber and all the lovely young women I have met briefly in the recent past or met tonight. You are ALL women I would want my daughter to emulate in your grace, confidence and elegance. Always reassuring to have @guidopalau @diane.kendal @stephenjonesmillinery and @kegrand encouraging you on and making you look and feel your best. And while that muscle did not hurt as much as I would have thought to exercise again, after 20 plus years, I am not certain I could beat the experience of tonight or wish to try! Now I can say exactly when and for whom I last walked a runway and feel so proud and grateful to all the forces of nature who made it possible! 😘@1.800.newbold & Congratulations for all of the amazing people who put shows like this together. I am in awe of the efforts I was able to witness firsthand and truly appreciate from a new perspective over the last couple of days all the effort that goes in. Bravo!
As for whether her daughter will follow in her modelling footsteps? Christy Turlington Burns wasn’t the only notable name to walk Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2019 show though. Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson, both of whose runway cameos are rare these days, hit the catwalk along with Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid.
Leave it to Marc to close out New York Fashion Week with a truly epic casting.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US