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Comme des Garçons AW13Photography Pierre Debusschere, styling Robbie Spencer. Taken from Dazed Vol. 3 Issue 26, October 2016

Lindsey Wixson retires from modelling to start design label

Following a permanent injury, the Kansas-born runway legend has hung up her heels to show off her artistic side

Lindsey Wixson – the girl with one of the most famous pouts in fashion – has led an unbelievable career. She was plucked out of Kansas in 2009, aged just 15, when Steven Meisel hand-picked her out from a Models.com video, landing her a shoot for Vogue Italia and she hasn’t stopped since. Following that she opened Prada’s AW10 show – the one with the crystal chandelier heels – and closed Miu Miu’s show for the same season. Naturally, she appeared in the campaign for the latter too – directed by Madonna, in case you didn’t know. After that she has everywhere, walking the runway for Chanel, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. She’s even walked for Versace’s Atelier Couture show seven times in a row. Seven. Although we won’t dwell on the time she tripped at the SS12 show... 

Yesterday, however, the 23-year-old sadly announced that she would be retiring from the catwalk. She suffered a linear tear on the tendon of her big toe, and as a result, cannot wear heels anymore without creating further damage. Her next career move has been to create Wixson Design – which will see her create pottery and fixtures, as well as curating interiors. 

On Instagram, she told fans – “I feel that this disability has come to me with a purpose. To show me that I must carry on. This industry has brought me so much and I am grateful for the lessons I have learned. Now more than ever I feel it is important to listen to my body and the changing times of this industry and peacefully try to move on.” While we are sad to hear that Wixson will no longer be sashaying down the catwalk, we will obviously be keeping our fingers crossed that she will still be around to appear in a campaign or two. Until then, you’ll have to view her beauty through her pottery.