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Before being a model
Lindsey Wixson is a young but successful fashion model with a strong character and unique looks. She is best known for her pouty lips and a tooth gap. She was born in Wichita, Kansas on April 11, 1994. Her father installed satellite dishes for a living and mother worked as a school bus driver at the time. Lindsey has a sibling, Kirsten.
Lindsey Wixson hasn’t dreamed of becoming a model since an early age. At first she wanted to be a chef or a lawyer. But things changed in the middle school when the girl started to be teased by her peers for unusual lips and teeth. This only made her stronger and more self-conscious about her looks.
When Lindsey got 12 and as tall as 5-feet and 7-inches people in her home town would come up to her and tell her she could make a good model in future. This was the first time Lindsey Wixson started thinking about getting into modeling. She researched the subject, read about famous models and studied old copies of fashion magazines. Finally she decided for herself she wanted to be a model. Her first step was to send an email to a local agent in Kansas but they replied only three months later and didn’t propose anything special. Lindsey’s parents made a decision to help Lindsey realize her dream and moved to Los Angeles.
Lindsey Wixson signed with her first modeling agency – Vision Models in Los Angeles – in the beginning of 2009. In June she went to New York and signed with another agency – Marilyn agency, and it was the only agency that wanted to work with her. All the others she tried, including IMG Models, rejected her saying her ‘looks would not translate well on and off the runway’. The same year, at just 15 years old, Lindsey Wixson was selected by photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, which was her first real job. Soon after that Damon Heath photographed the young beauty for the fall issue of Lula.
Lindsey Wixson’s runway debut was also in 2009. She was invited to walk Spring 2010 Cynthia Steffe, United Bamboo, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. She also opened Prada show and then closed for Miu Miu. That season Lindsey was named one of the most successful newcomers. This immediately brought a lot of attention to the Kansas model. She appeared in editorials for Teen Vogue and Japanese Dazed & Confused and then the winter issue of i-D.
In 2010, Lindsey Wixson was featured in W magazine photographed by Craig McDean. During the photoshoot for the editorial Lindsey required a bra because her blouse was sheer. Few other models would do that. She explained later in the interview: “I’m 15 and even though I freaked a little, I know for a fact that my mom would freak ten times as much. I just couldn’t be flashing everyone out there.” That was daring and surprising and aroused even a closer interest of public in her.
She landed Miu Miu Spring 2010 campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and worked for the brand for two seasons. In February 2010 Lindsey Wixson opened the fall Miu Miu show in Paris and closed for Missoni and Sophia Kokosalaki. She again appeared in W Magazine (March issue) and the spring issue of LOVE. In May the girl walked a few Resort shows including Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, and Yves Saint Laurent. During summer she did V editorial (June 2010) and W magazine (August 2010). She also became the face of John Galliano Fall 2010 and Jil Stuart beauty campaigns.
Lindsey Wixson walked 44 spring 2011 shows, opening Iceberg and Missoni and closing for Jonathan Saunders, Moschino, and Sportmax. In the late 2010 the beauty was photographed for her first i-D cover.
In 2011, Lindsey Wixson became the face of Alexander McQueen, Barney’s, Jill Stuart, Jill Stuart’s Night Jewels Fragrance, Jill Stuart Beauty, Chanel and Mulberry. In January she walked her first couture shows for Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, and Christian Dior in Paris and landed a fragrance contract with Versace Vanitas.
In March 2011 the model appeared in Chinese Vogue and V magazine and in April she did Italian and British Vogue editorials. At the time her agent, Cheri Bowen at Marilyn Agency, said that Wixson was more interested in quality than quantity: “She’s incredibly intelligent about the business. She’s not about selling out.”
In September 2011 Lindsey Wixson walked a great number of fashion shows during New York, Milan and London Fashion Weeks but couldn’t participate in Paris Fashion Week due to the allergy to makeup that she suddenly developed. The model opened Versace show and closed for Moschino. The beauty covered V Magazine Winter 2011 issue along with seven other models.
Throughout her career Lindsey Wixson has worked with a number of reputable photographers: Craig McDean, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Angelo Pennetta, Willy Vanderperre, Alasdair McLellan, Emma Summerton and others.
Lindsey Wixson made a national television appearance on CNN at the age of 17. She was named a ‘teen supermodel’ and camera and Alina Cho accompanied her to her prom. The dress for the occasion was designed especially for Lindsey by Jason Wu, who had previously designed Michelle Obama’s outfit for inauguration.
In April 2011 Lindsey Wixson was ranked 16th on the Top 50 Models Women list by MODELS.com and already in October she was ranked 12th.
Lindsey Wixson is an outstanding young lady who loves art, writing, and reading. She has a number of friends in the industry including Rasa Zukauskaite, Samantha Gradoville, Siri Tollerod, and Frida Gustavsson. Lindsey is currently working on getting her GED.
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