Carolyn Murphy (born on August 11,
1973) is an American model.
Carolyn Murphy was born in Panama City, Florida and grew up mainly in
Northwest Florida, with brief periods in England and Maryland, as a result
of her parents’ divorce. Her career began when at the age of 16, when her
mother enrolled her in a modeling school. Soon, she was modeling locally
in Florida, as well as abroad in Japan and Paris. After graduating from
Fort Walton Beach High School in 1991, Murphy went to New York.
She enrolled at University in Virginia, opting to model part time. Mario
Testino shot her for French Vogue, Missoni, Et Vous, and Gucci. In 1994
she was hired for Prada and appeared in major magazines like Harpers
Bazaar and Vogue. Anna Wintour had Steven Meisel shoot her for American
Vogue in 1995 and he began to use her for campaigns like Dolce Gabbana,
Max Mara, and Calvin Klein.
In 1998, she was named VH1/Vogue's "Model of the Year". Barry Levinson
chose her for the role of "Dubbie" in his film Liberty Heights. In 1999,
she was cited by Vogue as the "Model of the Millennium" and considered a
muse by Calvin Klein, landing a contract for the perfume "Contradiction"
with fellow Liberty Heights costar, Justin Chambers. She was offered roles
in "Pearl Harbor" and many others to follow.
In 2001 Estee Lauder signed her to an exclusive contract. Her first
advertising campaign for the brand’s “Defining Beauty” began appearing in
2002. She continues to appear in the advertisements today, recently posing
for Estee Lauder’s new fragrance, Sensuous. She shot campaigns for
Missoni, Versace and Tiffany & Co. In 2005 she was featured on the cover
of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Reluctant for a career in acting or in the spotlight, she moved to Nosara,
Costa Rica in 1999 and married surfer Jake Schroeder. She gave birth to
their daughter, Dylan Bleu, in December of 2000 at her home in Upstate New
York. Her relationship with Schroeder ended in divorce in 2001. In 2006,
Schroeder was arrested and charged with extortion for trying to sell a sex
tape featuring them having sex during their 1999 honeymoon in Barbados.
The video was leaked onto the internet in April 2006.