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Lindsey Wixson is retiring from modelling for pottery

The 23-year-old runway model has announced that she wants to focus on her pottery business instead

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Jul 2017

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Lindsey Wixson walks for the Chanel Cruise 2018 show (Photo: Chanel)

Lindsey Wixson, known for her gap-toothed pout, is bidding farewell to her career as a runway model. She announced on Instagram that an injury on her foot sparked her decision. Now, she wants to focus on her passion for pottery.

The 23-year-old Kansas-born model, who was discovered at 15 by photographer Steven Meisel, apparently suffered a linear tear on the tendon of her big toe, which wouldn't do well with high-heeled shoes. Even the best of us, uninjured, can barely navigate stilettos!

Lindsey has taken this injury as a sign to pursue "new endeavours."

"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."

Models falling on the runway are not uncommon in the industry. Lindsey herself has taken a few tumbles during her career, but she always recovered gracefully, despite even spraining her ankle at a Jean Paul Gaultier show once.

It isn't clear if Lindsey's retirement will mean that she is quitting fashion entirely – are there not opportunities for stiletto-less campaigns? – but there's no stopping a girl who knows what she wants. And if what Lindsey wants is to start a pottery empire, we'll be here, making space for new teatime accessories from Wixson Design.

Related: Lindsey Wixson's best runway moments
Related: Model claims she was fired from Louis Vuitton show for being "too big"


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