Carolyn Murphy

PORTRAIT OF A MUSE

photography by Dan Martensen
styling by Beth Fenton
interview by Fabio Crovi

 

BEYOND BEING A MUSE, A MODEL AND A MOTHER, CAROLYN MURPHY EMBODIES EVERY ASPECT OF TRUTH AND ARTISTRY. HER NATURAL BEAUTY NOT ONLY RADIATES FROM EVERY PHOTOGRAPH, BUT IT’S FOUND IN HER WISE WORDS AS WELL.

FC If you were an editor in chief of a magazine, who would you put on your first cover?
CM Good question. I would put a young lady who has integrity, who walks the walk and isn’t just flogging herself. Give me someone interesting and intelligent who is doing things that have meaning. I quite like Cameron Russell because, boy, she’s smart and doesn’t give a shit, and is beautiful on top of it all.

FC What does it mean to you to be a muse?
CM To be a muse is an honor — with regards to fashion, I guess it’s what separates models from one another. When you’re a muse, you inspire so it’s beyond just translating an image, it’s more about the whole package — style, personality and a shared passion.

FC Who are your muses? 
CM My muses are not just people; I consider nature a muse. If I were to choose a person, I would say anyone who lives with authentic purpose and passion: humanitarians, philanthropists, designers, artists of everykind …

FC You’ve been an iconic model with a long career. What you think of the modeling industry today?

CM I’ve been modeling for 21 years, half my life. The industry today is very different from when I began in the early 90s. In fact, it’s the opposite in the sense that we were part of a generation that functioned on feeling — music, art and fashion all went hand in hand, one inspired the other, relationships were real. We were there because we enjoyed the experience on every level. Nowadays, it all seems so corporate and calculated, there is an unhealthy detachment and nothing seems authentic. Models careers last a half a minute and there isn’t much personality because all their noses are in their phones or iPads, all they worry about is their next selfie and self-promotion. It’s quite sad actually.

FC What has changed?
CM All of the above.

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Download MUSE 38 – Digital Issue to read the full interview.