At 23 years old, most people are still searching for their first steady stream of income, but Lindsey Wixson, who just announced her retirement, is not most people. And, of course, these are no typical circumstances. Wixson has been a major fixture of the fashion industry since she was a teen, memorably landing a Miu Miu campaign at just 15. Less than 10 years later, she took to Instagram to tell her fans she was moving on.
“To all my fashion fans, I am sad to inform you that my injury has put me in a position to retire from this high heel business,” she stated in her caption, referring to a foot sprain she’s referenced on her Instagram account in the past. “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.”
But at 23, Wilson isn’t moving to Boca Raton and joining a pickleball league—she also used the same Instagram post to share a new account to follow her work in pottery, sculpting, interior design, and more. Aptly, it’s named @wixsondesign. Follow along there to stay in the know about the famously pouty model’s new career endeavors. And if ’90s icons like Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington have taught us anything about retiring from modeling, it’s that there’s always an opportunity for a cameo appearance on a runway or in a campaign somewhere down the road.
Scroll down to see Wixson’s farewell-to-fashion post in full.
To all my fashion fans, I am sad to inform you that my injury has put me in a position to retire from this high heel business. I have an artistic side that wants to shine through. I feel that this disablility 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. I ask for your support on my new endeavours with designing interiors, pottery, sculpting, carving, and inventing for the future. Please follow @wixsondesign
Up next: Take a look at one of Wixson’s last major runway walks, at Chanel haute couture last January.
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