Christy Turlington: ‘Our supermodel video was the end of music as we know it’

Check our gallery from George Michael’s golden video starring Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista.

Christy Turlington with her supermodel squad

Other singers have tried, but when it comes to hot superstars George Michael’s video for Freedom 90 remains pretty much the sexiest video ever made.

At the absolute height of his stardom before he forgot how to actually write a pop song, Michael was able to call on not one, not two but five supermodels to star in the film for Freedom 90.

Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz were shown parading about the place, with Michael nowhere to be seen.

The glamour around the video and how the ex-Wham! chap managed to persuade the absolute cream of modelling to all be involved has largely remained shrouded in mystery in the intervening 26 years.

But now Turlington has given an insight into what it was like to be involved.

Naomi Campbell was in Freedom 90
I won't let you down Naomi Campbell was one of five supermodels in Freedom 90. Image Picture Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

“That video was like George saying ‘You know what? I don’t want to be on screen and I’m not playing this game anymore,” Turlington said in a new interview with AOL Makers. “You know who I want to have represent me instead? Five supermodels.”

Turlington – who has begun recalling her supermodel glory days with a series of Throwback Thursday photos on Instagram – explained: “The era was the end of music as we know it, where big business really took over the music industry.”

Tatjana Patitz was in Freedom 90
I will not give you up Tatjana Patitiz was also in the Freedom 90 video.

Now aged 47, Turlington was discovered aged 13 and began modelling aged 15 with New York agency Ford Models. “I had braces and I was in my most awkward years,” she recalls.

Married to Saving Private Ryan actor Ed Burns since 2003, these days Turlington is mainly a campaigner for Every Mother Counts, a charity focused on helping women with birth problems. “Hundreds of thousands of women die around the world in childbirth,” says Turlington. “And 98% of those deaths are preventable.”

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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