Christy Turlington is one of modeling's all-time, undisputed greats. One of the original "supers" and a woman often described as the most beautiful in the world, she's graced countless magazine covers and was one of the lovely lip-syncers in the iconic video for George Michael's "Freedom! 90." Turlington turned 48 this month, and she's just as ravishing as she was back in her modeling heyday—an era that found her front-and-center in the Valentino universe. Among her many appearances in Valentino campaigns, perhaps the most memorable was her starring role in the 1995 ad for Valentino Jeans shot by Herb Ritts, in which she posed, statuesque, in a white denim as four nude man enveloped her in their muscular arms. But there were many other standout Christy Turlington moments over the course of her long relationship with the house.
Recall, for instance, Turlington taking to the Valentino catwalk alongside fellow super Linda Evangelista, clad in flapper-inspired looks from the Spring/Summer 1992 Haute Couture collection. Or, in another memorable runway pairing a year earlier, look at Turlington, demure in a wasp-waist frock of signature Valentino red, taking a final bow with the maestro himself. Like any great model, Turlington could summon many moods, from the cinematic soigné of Patrick Demarchelier's campaign for the Valentino Fall/Winter 1991/1992 Haute Couture collection, to the breezily romantic chic epitomized in Walter Chin's photograph of her in a yellow floral gown for the Valentino Spring/Summer 1993 campaign. With her long, lithe limbs and perfectly proportioned oval face, Turlington didn't need to do much to look fantastic in photos—but what made her a "super" was that her beautiful looks were matched by her playfulness and grace.