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Oscar de la Renta, 2010

Model Lindsey Wixson poses backstage at the Oscar de la Renta Resort 2011 Collection in New York City. (Photo: Marc Stamas/Getty Images)

Gap-Toothed Model Lindsey Wixson Retires at 23

Lindsey Wixson, the gap-toothed model who ruled couture catwalks and fashion campaigns for years, is retiring. At the ripe old age of 23, Wixson, who has struggled with foot issues recently, took to Instagram to inform her fans of the job change.

“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,” Wixson wrote. “I have an artistic side that wants to shine through. 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. I ask for your support on my new endeavors with designing interiors, pottery, sculpting, carving and inventing for the future.”

It’s not goodbye, just a move — but here’s a look back at her greatest moments in her short but impactful career.

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