Since bursting onto the fashion scene in 2009, Kansas native Lindsey Wixson has landed the sorts of gigs that most models only dream of. Right out of the gate, she caught the attention of designers like Miuccia Prada and Karl Lagerfeld — she's starred in several campaigns for Miu Miu, Chanel and Fendi — and top editors around the world, booking covers for titles including i-D, Purple, CR Fashion Book, various international editions of Vogue and, perhaps most memorably, the premiere issue of Style.com/Print, shot by Theo Wenner. The list of her runway appearances is just as impressive; she's walked for the biggest and buzziest brands out there, with Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Versace, Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton on her resume.
However, it's a known fact that many modeling careers are ephemeral, and those in the profession often take skills they've learned through years working in the competitive (yet creative) field to start a new chapter for themselves. On Sunday, Wixson took to her Instagram page to announce that due to a foot injury that prevents her from wearing high heels, she's forced to retire from modeling. Fans of Wixson's shouldn't fret, though, because she already has a brand new project in the pipeline — one that's still within the realm of design. "I have an artistic side that wants to shine through," she wrote on Instagram. "I feel that this [disability] 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."
This "artistic side" Wixson speaks of will be reflected in her upcoming project called Wixson Design, which describes the founder as a "potter, interior curator and fixture designer." Pottery is certainly having a "moment" currently — especially that of the high-end variety — so if the 23-year-old keeps a sharp focus, she might have a lucrative business on her hands. "I ask for your support on my new [endeavors] with designing interiors, pottery, sculpting, carving and inventing for the future," she wrote. Perhaps she can eventually transition into runway set design, or help one of her former designer clients overhaul his or her studio space? We'll miss her on the runway, but we're happy to see that, seemingly, the world is her oyster.