Murphy was born in Fort Walton
Beach, Florida, and grew up throughout Northwest Florida, spending most
of her childhood in a trailer park there. At the age of 15, she was
spotted by Mary Lou Nash, owner and operator of Mary Lou's Models, a
modeling agency. Nash saw Murphy's potential and soon she was modeling
in local ads and magazines throughout Florida and Alabama. After she
graduated from Choctawhatchee Senior High School, Murphy moved to Milan
to further her modeling career. Her career kicked into high-gear when
she bleached her hair platinum blonde for a photo shoot, ruining her
hair and causing it to fall out. Because of this she had to get a 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/Vogue's "Model of the Year" at the 1998 Fashion Awards.
Murphy is featured on the cover of the 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Issue, as well as the 1999 cover of Vogue's "Models of the Millennium."
She has also posed for the 2002 Playboy calendar. She is currently the
face of Estee Lauder, replacing Elizabeth Hurley as the company's
primary female spokesmodel. She also started an acting career with the
role of "Dubbie the Blonde" in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights in
1999. She also attended St. Mary's Catholic school in Fort Walton
Beach, Florida from kindergarten to 8th grade.
She previously dated model Mark Vanderloo. In 1999, Murphy
married surf shop owner Jake Schroeder, whom she met while on vacation.
She gave birth to their daughter, Dylan Blue, on December 28, 2000, and
the three posed for Vogue as Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and Frances
Bean Cobain. Murphy and Schroeder split in 2002. Since then she has
dated Incubus frontman, Brandon Boyd. The couple reportedly split in
August 2005 after it was reported that Boyd spent too much time touring
with his band.
In July 2007, earning at an estimated total of $5 million in
the past 12 months, Forbes magazine named her sixth in the list of the
World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.
As of 2007, she is still one of the industries most in demand and
succesful models, she shot fall campaigns for, 7 for all Mankind, Anne
Klein, Lord & Taylor, Estee Lauder, and Tiffany & Co.
7 for all Mankind, Angela Cummings, Anne Klein, Bergdorf Goodman, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein 'Contradiction' fragrance, Celine,
Cento X Cento, Cesare Paciotti, Chloe 'Innocence' perfume, Coach,
D&G, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Estee Lauder 'Pleasures',
'Beyond Paradise', 'Intense Pleasure', 'Beautiful', 'Youth Dew Amber
Nude' and 'Pleasure Exotic' fragrances, Et Vous, Fendi, GAP, Gucci,
Harry Winston, Istante, Jantzen, Lagerfeld, Laurel, MaxMara, Missoni, Prada, Richard Tyler, Tiffany & Co., Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, Versus, Zara
Vogue (France, US, Germany, UK, Italy, Australia, Greece, Japan,
Mexico, Spain), Elle (France, UK, US, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal,
Sweden), L'Officiel, Glamour, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated
Simsuit Edition, Marie Claire, Ragazza, GQ, Woman, Frank, i-D, Tatler,
W, American Photo, Allure, Harper's Bazaar, Self
Byblos, Cerruti 1881, DKNY,
John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Trussardi, Yohji Yamamoto,
Alessandro Dell 'Acqua, Alberta Ferretti,Bill Blass, Badgley Mischka,
Carolina Herrera, Costume National, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Daryl K, Eric Bergere, Ellen Tracy, Fendi, Gianni Versace, Genny, Gucci, Isaac Mizrahi, Iceberg, Jil Sander, Martine Sitbon, Missoni, Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Richard Tyler, Sportmax, Todd Oldham, Trussardi, Versus, Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Balmain, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs