, born on August 11, 1975, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA, is an internationally acclaimed model.
She is featured on the cover of the 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was VH1/Vogue's "Model of the Year" in 1998. She is currently the face of Estee Lauder, replacing Elizabeth Hurley as the company's primary female model.
Carolyn grew up throughout Northwest Florida spending most of her childhood in a trailer park in Panama City, Florida. At the age of 16 she was spotted by Mary Lou Nash, owner and operator of Mary Lou's Models, a modeling agency. Nash saw Carolyn's potential and soon she was modeling in local ads and magazines throughout Florida and Alabama.
When she graduated from high school Murphy moved to Milan to further her modeling career. Her career kicked into high-gear when she bleached her hair platinum blond for a photo shoot ruining her hair and causing it to fall out.
Because of this she had to get a boyishly short hair cut which made her popular with many top photographers and soon she was in major magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and was named VH1's "Model of the Year" at the 1998 Fashion Awards.
She also started an acting career with the role of Dubbie the Blonde in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights in 1999.
Murphy married surf shop owner Jake Schroeder whom she met on vacation. She gave birth to their daughter Dylan Blue on 28 December 2000 and the three posed for Vogue magazine as Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and Frances Bean Cobain.
The couple split in 2001 and Murphy began seeing Brandon Boyd of the band Incubus.