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Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn MurphyCarolyn Murphy, born on August 11th in 1974 in Panama City, Florida is an American model and actress. She is managed by IMG Models in New York, Paris, Milan, London, and Sydney.

In 1998, Murphy was named VH1/Vogue's Model of the Year. She played Dubbie in Barry Levinson's film Liberty Heights. She was one of the "Modern Muses" on the November 1999 millennium cover of American Vogue and was chosen to represent Calvin Klein's perfume, Contradiction.

She was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2005 and 2006.

Murphy has shot campaigns for Missoni, Versace and Tiffany & Co. and in July 2012, Murphy was hired to replace Angela Lindvall as host of Project Runway All Stars on Lifetime, after Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dropped out for a film project.

In 2012, Murphy was ninth on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $3.5 million in one year.

In 1999, Murphy married surf shop owner Jake Schroeder, whom she met while on vacation. She gave birth to their daughter, Dylan Blue, on December 28th, 2000, and the three posed for Vogue. Murphy and Schroeder divorced in 2002.

In January 2006, Murphy's ex-husband Jake Schroeder attempted to sell a sex tape made during their honeymoon in 1999 in Barbados. Schroeder was arrested and charged with extortion for trying to sell the tape and he later pled guilty to grand theft and the extortion charges were dropped. The video had been leaked onto the internet in April 2006

Carolyn MurphyManhattan photographer, Arthur Elgort’s vast studio has its walls papered with famous images of supermodels and superstars, from Claudia Schiffer to Mick Jagger.

“You want a quote about Carolyn?” he asks. “Carolyn gets better with age,” he says emphatically, “and that’s very hard to do. There’s only one other person around who can do that, and that’s Christy Turlington. Christy and Carolyn get older, they get better. They see more. They really look at you.”

From a young age, Carolyn Murphy has lived a life of wanderlust and adventure. Raised between the Gulf Coast of Florida and her families farm in Virginia, Carolyn’s appreciation and reverence for nature has always dictated and balanced her life choices.

In 1990 at 16 years old, her mother decided to enroll her in a local finishing/modeling school because of her “tomboy” style and shy demeanor.

Carolyn finished the course with a modeling convention and was immediately spotted by agents from all over the world.

That summer she went to Paris and by the following spring, during her senior year of high school, she was commuting to New York for work.

However, Murphy was reluctant to become a full-time model and opted to stay in high school, continue on to college and pursue a degree in art history and American Literature.

The need to pay her way through school brought Murphy back in front of the camera, at least part time, in New York City and Japan.

Carolyn MurphyCarolyn was inspired by the grunge era, eventually making the move and commitment to a career in New York.

Editors and photographers quickly took notice of her effortless style, hair colors and her ability to chameleon in front of the camera.

By 1995 she landed her first cover of French Vogue with Mario Testino and shot campaigns for Blumarine and Iceberg.

Later that year, after a drastic pixie cut and blonde color, she signed an exclusive with Prada for their advertising campaign, shot by David Sims.

Murphy’s career and passion for fashion steadily grew throughout the late 90’s was known to say “It’s all about finding the art in fashion”. The industry fell for her instinctive ability and actress qualities.

She became a favorite for iconic photographers like Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demachilier, Mario Sorrenti, Bruce Weber and many more.

In 1996 she had her first covers of both American Vogue and Italian Vogue, shot by Steven Meisel and she would continue to grace covers of magazines, become a mainstay in major editorials and advertising campaigns.

By 1998 Newsweek named her “The Professional” and the number 5 top model of the time as “the one to watch”.

Carolyn MurphyAfter her experimental years, Carolyn established a classic “Grace Kelly” blonde look, which brought her the opportunity to act. In 1998, she played the role of “Dubbie” in Barry Levinson’s film Liberty Heights, alongside Adrienne Brody.

In 1999, American Vogue called her the “Millennial Supermodel” and the fashion industry honored her career as “Model of The Year” at the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards.

Her campaigns have included CK, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Celine, Versus, Versace, Valentino, DKNY, Max Mara, Lowe, GAP, Trussardi, Missoni, Chanel, Tom Ford, Lagerfeld and Louis Vuitton.

Overwhelmed by her own success and wanting to remain the “invisible supermodel”, Carolyn immersed herself in the comfort and love of nature, moving to Costa Rica in 1998.

While there she rebuilt a school, formed an ocean cleanup program and funded animal rescue efforts. She continued to commute for work, but eventually she left the city altogether and in 2000, bought an apple farm upstate New York and gave birth to her daughter, Dylan Blue.

Perhaps most notably, in 2001 Murphy signed one of the industry’s most coveted contracts and became the spokesmodel for Estee Lauder. In her almost 20 year partnership with the brand, she has fronted campaigns for some of the most iconic products in fragrance, skincare and makeup.

Carolyn MurphyShe is currently the face of Perfectionist, Double Wear and Resilience Lift. That year, she also became the “first face” of the classic jewelry brand, Harry Winston.

Carolyn has graced two covers of Sports Illustrated, in 2005 and 2006; over two dozen covers of the international editions of VOGUE as well as TIME, W Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Porter Edit, Town & Country and WSJ.

In 2014 she sat front and center with fellow supermodels on the cover of Italian Vogues 50th Anniversary issue.

Being a multi-hyphenate model mogul, she created an online platform for Open Sky in 2010, curating only “American Made” products to bring attention to the importance of supporting small business in America.

Detroit based brand Shinola would eventually use her as a model to launch their brand, and then appoint her the role of Women’s Design Director.

In 2012 she hosted Project Runway All Stars. In 2015 she styled and starred in an INTERVIEW magazine editorial feature, photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Carolyn continues to defy age discrimination - having recently walked in shows for Atelier Versace, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Ferragamo and Ralph Lauren.

Her campaigns in recent years include, Max Mara, Oscar De La Renta, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Mango, Buccelatti, Ferragamo and Tiffanys.

Murphy lives between the city and the country and enoys surfing, gardening, creating art and interior design. She supports and works with various organizations that benefit animals, organic food supply, urban gardening, land preservation, wildlife conservation and healthy oceans.

Carolyn MurphyShe is an ambassador for No More Plastic, on the board of Animal Haven Shelter, Surfrider Foundation and Edible Schoolyard NY. Her “back to basics” lifestyle brand, Mamma Murphy’s, will launch in 2019.

In magzines if you’ve thumbed past an Estée Lauder advertisement within the past decade, then you’ve likely seen Carolyn Murphy, who’s been the face of the makeup corporation for over 13 years. Carolyn first made a splash as a model in the late ‘90s, and her portfolio keeps expanding.

She recently became the face of UGG’s Classic Luxe Collection. Being extremely health conscious Carolyn is always open to discussing wellness. Carolyn talks about meditating at the crack of dawn, avoiding the gym, and eating fermented food before it became trendy.

"I start my day early. I automatically wake up anywhere between 6 and 6:30 a.m. I have to meditate within the first ten or 15 minutes or I know I’m not going to do it. After that I wash my face, have a shower, and let my dogs out."

"I try to get all of that done before 7, and then I’m into mommy mode. I make breakfast and wake up my teenage daughter - which at times isn’t so easy."

"I’m trying not to drink coffee right now, which is a little bit difficult, but I’ll usually have some hot lemon water with a probiotic, and then I’ll have green tea and avocado. I love, love, love avocados."

"I love avocado spread on rye toast - that kind of weird, brown square one that you get at the health-food store?"

Carolyn Murphy"It has a German name. It has sunflower and flax in it. Sometimes I’ll put smoked salmon on it. Other mornings I’ll do some organic berries with sheep’s milk yogurt. I save the weekends for my indulgences and my indulging other people. That’s when I do like turkey bacon, and a buckwheat pound cake."

"I hate working out. If I could just be like the Europeans and drink wine, coffee, and smoke, I would, but I can’t. I like to do yoga because it’s just easier for me to travel with that. I can do it in any hotel room. I don’t go hard-core, I’ll do like 20 minutes of stretching and yoga and some sun salutations and downward dogs."

"If I do work out, I prefer to be outside. I love surfing, I love hiking. Clearly living in New York has posed a problem with that, so sometimes I’ll run on the West Side Highway - actually, I shouldn’t use the word “run.” I do what I like to call a very “light jog.” I try to avoid the gym just because I feel like a hamster in a cage."

"Swimming is great because I did it competitively for 11, 12 years. But to get up to the 92nd Street Y is really hard sometimes. But, I try to work out at least three days a week. I feel like a failure if I don’t get at least get three to four days in."

"I also love sitting in Japanese bath houses. I love infrared saunas, steam rooms, and just sweating it out. I think body work is huge. I’m a glutton for acupuncture. I get a massage at least once a week, if not more. Oh, I go for it."

"Wellness is such a personal interpretation for everybody. I feel the difference when I’m not making a concerted effort to eat whole foods, but wellness can also mean seeing a great movie that makes you laugh, or having a moment in nature."

Carolyn Murphy"If you’re living your life the best that you can for you and it’s making you happy, then it’s not for others to judge.

For me, wellness is when I am eating right and exercising, but when I also have other wonderful influences, like riding my horse, making sure that I travel, or having adventures."

"Or it’s lying in bed and reading books with my daughter all day. Doing nothing can be a form of wellness."

"When I was growing up in the ‘70s, I was really fortunate because my mom had already been following Muktananda. We were meditating and doing yoga when we were quite young. We were seeing an Iridologist, so organic foods and that whole thing was not a novelty."

"I always giggle when people start talking about fermented foods, or alkaline, because we were raised on that. I think that my greatest struggle has been living in New York City because all of a sudden I’m drinking coffee or going out for drinks."

"Those are two things that were never really a part of my lifestyle before I moved back. Exercise can also be a big challenge, especially in the winter because I just want to stay inside like a hermit."

"I probably eat a more healthy diet when I’m alone, when I don’t have the influence of children wanting to order pizza - last night I was alone and I made steamed broccoli, kale, and tofu, and that’s so boring, but I love eating stuff like that."

"And then I’ll have almond butter on rice crackers. If I’m on a road trip or driving, I might end up with a bag of salt-and-vinegar potato chips, so I’m not always healthy. When I was in London the other night I was feeling so cranky and tired, I just wanted spaghetti Bolognese.

Carolyn MurphyTo Carolyn , making the bedroom your haven is key - that means removing all tech devices out of the room, stop looking at a screen and pick up a book.

If falling asleep is a challenge, it helps to think about something special. “Think of things that are really pleasant – like the beach – and it will get your body in a positive state,” Murphy said.

Being mindful beyond meditation. “Mindfulness is so much more broad,” says Murphy. “It’s in everything we do, it is all-compassing.”

Murphy, who has been in this industry for 25 years, noted how the pressures and demands are very different now. “We had fax machines, there were no cell phones then,” she said.

“It was a little bit more planned ahead of time and less spontaneous. We didn’t have technology. A snafu in the schedule rarely happened. Now, because you are so connected, it adds a lot of pressure on models. It’s inescapable.”

"I find that I do a lot of body scanning which is basically just checking in and noticing where I’m holding tension in my body, and also a lot of breath work. I try to laugh as much as I can and perform acts of kindness. Just being kind to people - you don’t have to know them - this is so important."

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Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the Jesus Christlizard (which walks on water, too) that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

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Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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