Vintage V: Christy Turlington by Inez & Vinoodh and Richard Phillips

Vintage V: Christy Turlington by Inez & Vinoodh and Richard Phillips

In honor of the supermodel's birthday, we look back to her V19 cover—and its unique backstory.

In honor of the supermodel's birthday, we look back to her V19 cover—and its unique backstory.

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: William Defebaugh

In September of 2002, Christy Turlington appeared on what is undoubtably one of the most original covers in the V archive. For an issue dedicated to art and photography, the supermodel was first photographed by Inez and Vinoodh, who then turned the image over to painter Richard Phillips. Phillips then painted an exact replica of the pose, which ended up running as the cover image of the issue. Turlington is wearing Marc Jacobs on the cover, which prompted Jacobs himself to purchase the original painting.

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