Christy Turlington Reacts to Daughter Grace Burns’ Budding Modeling Career

Christy Turlington reflects on daughter Grace Burns’ modeling debut and her protective guidelines.

Grace Burns, Christy Turlington. (PHOTO: VIA AOI, James Devaney/GC Images)
Grace Burns, Christy Turlington. (PHOTO: VIA AOI, James Devaney/GC Images)

Christy Turlington, the iconic supermodel of the 90s, has found herself in a unique position as her 19-year-old daughter, Grace Burns, steps into the spotlight of the fashion world.

Grace made a significant debut at the Alberta Ferretti Spring 2024 show during Milan Fashion Week, marking a pivotal moment in her burgeoning career.

Turlington, who started her own modeling career at the tender age of 14, has mixed feelings about her daughter following in her footsteps. In a candid interview, she shared her initial reluctance about Grace entering the industry.

“I don’t love that she’s modeling,” Turlington admitted, emphasizing that while modeling gave her direction, Grace already has a strong sense of independence and purpose.

Grace’s entry into modeling was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. It came after years of discussion and careful planning with her mother.

Turlington set clear guidelines: Grace had to be at least 18, enrolled in college, and work with her mother’s trusted agent to navigate the industry’s complexities safely.

Christy Turlington Daughter Grace Burns (Photo: VIA, Umberto Fratini /
Christy Turlington Daughter Grace Burns.
(Photo: VIA, Umberto Fratini /

These conditions were established to ensure Grace’s protection and to balance her modeling aspirations with her education at New York University, Turlington’s alma mater.

Despite her initial hesitations, Turlington has been supportive of Grace’s pursuits. Grace’s first major fashion show was at the LuisaViaRoma x British Vogue event in Florence, where she wore a Victoria Beckham dress.

She later appeared in a Carolina Herrera campaign alongside her mother, further cementing her place in the fashion industry.

Grace’s debut in Milan was a moment of pride for both mother and daughter. Walking the runway in a sheer, floral-print dress, Grace embraced the legacy of her mother while making her own mark.

“Thank you for putting the biggest smile on my face,” Grace expressed on social media, highlighting her gratitude for the opportunity and the support she received.

In addition to her runway appearances, Grace has ventured into other creative fields. Earlier this year, she released a book of original poems and photographs titled “Derived From Us,” showcasing her artistic talents beyond modeling.

Grace Burns, Christy Turlington. (PHOTO: VIA AOI, James Devaney/GC Images)
Grace Burns, Christy Turlington. (PHOTO: VIA AOI, James Devaney/GC Images)

Christy Turlington’s reaction to her daughter’s modeling career is a blend of pride and protective concern. She acknowledges the challenges and pressures of the fashion industry, which she has experienced firsthand.

Turlington’s journey from a young model to a supermodel and now a mother watching her daughter enter the same world is a testament to her enduring influence in fashion.

As Grace continues to navigate her path, Turlington remains a guiding force, ensuring that her daughter can enjoy the opportunities while staying grounded and protected.

The fashion world, which once celebrated Turlington’s every move, now turns its gaze to the next generation, with Grace Burns poised to carry forward the legacy with her unique flair and determination.

Grace’s story is just beginning, and with her mother’s wisdom and support, she is well-equipped to make her own impact in the fashion industry. This new chapter in the Turlington-Burns family saga promises to be as captivating as the last, reflecting the evolving nature of fashion and the timeless allure of its stars.

Original publisher: Vogue Philippines,, Yahoo.

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