Christy Turlington

by ethnic on February 26, 2010

Birth Name: Christy Nicole Turlington

Place of Birth: Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 2, 1969

Ethnicity: English, Salvadoran

Christy Turlington is an American supermodel and actress. She is the daughter of María Elizabeth Parker Infante and Dwain Bryan Turlington. Her father was an American, with English ancestry. Her mother is from Santa Ana, El Salvador, and is of Salvadoran and distant English descent. Christy is married to actor Edward Burns, with whom she has two children.

Christy writes about her mother’s immigrant experience here.

Christy’s paternal grandfather was Willis Bryan Turlington (the son of Leonidas Lemay Turlington and Laura Frances Sorrell). William was born in North Carolina. Leonidas was the son of Randall Turlington and Emaline Charity Utley. Laura was the daughter of John Calvin Sorrell and Nancy Jane Ryals.

Christy’s paternal grandmother was Grace Maude Fagg (the daughter of John Thomas Fagg and Nellie Ellen Caton).

Christy’s maternal grandfather was Horacio Humberto Parker (the son of Arturo Párker Orellana and Concepción Vides/Vives). Horacio was born in Santa Ana, Santa Ana, El Salvador. Arturo likely was the son of Horacio Parker and Elena Orellana. Horacio was likely descended from Joseph Robert Parker, who was born, c. 1786, in Great Britain.

Christy’s maternal grandmother was Maria Antonieta Yrene Infante Díaz (the daughter of Hector Infante and Concepción Díaz). Maria was born in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Sources: Genealogy of Christy’s paternal grandfather, Willis Bryan Turlington –

Death records of Christy’s maternal grandparents, Horacio Humberto Parker and Maria Antonieta Yrene (Infante Díaz) Parker –

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neiltennant June 16, 2018 at 7:59 am

her mother looks very white

PARKER INFANTE = suggests english and italian descent

Therefore please do more research about her mother

andrew June 17, 2018 at 6:46 am

it’s already written in the text that her mother is said to have English ancestry

Yes “Infante” can be an Italian surname too, but I think it’s Spanish in this case.

neiltennant June 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

then you have to change it to

SALVADORIAN (possibly english and possibly spanish)

bablah July 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Connerfromvine May 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Does she naturally have a sharp nose or is that work?

neiltennant April 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

her mother was born in south america but one of those whites from South america

by the way the president of Brazil is also of bulgarian descent

andrew January 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm

Daughter of Dwain Turlington, and María Elizabeth Parker Infante. María is from Santa Ana, El Salvador, and she’s half English/half Salvadoran.

follers January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

How do you know her mother’s ancestry?

andrew January 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

“María Elizabeth Parker Infante, nacida en Santa Ana, El Salvador, de origen inglés-salvadoreñ”

Parker (english), Infante (spanish)

Petrarca October 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

She is white for the most part. She just looks very unique. I think it’s her nose.

sadie April 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

Her father is English and her mother is El Salvadoran period.

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

her mother was hispanic of mestizo decent. so she wasn’t white.
she came out looking more like her father.

anen87 March 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Correction: her mother is half english herself making her not a mestizo but a castizo, a more european than the average population; So it’s no surprise Christy came out white looking…

Zolie January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Some mixed people (which is rare) look either totally black, white, asian and so forth. Like Kimora, she looks totally Asian. I would classify her as Asian, because if she was in a group with Full blooded Asian you could not tell if she was mixed. And that is how the world really looks at it, plain and simple. Just like President Obama, he looks totally Black, and he knows it. So it would be stupid for him to run around talking about I am mixed. He has the sense to know how the world sees him, and it is not about denying one side over the other

George March 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I agree, my mom is white and my dad is black native american and white. I myself look more white and ive always felt blacks and whites have classified me as white. Same with my sister. Its whatever though, at the end of the day were all humans right?

Steve January 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

First of all, yes her mom is from El Salvador from english descent. that doesnt mean that she is fully white, if your born in Latin America your latin american. You never know if her mom is mixed, most likely yes cause she doesnt look fully white either. Latino is a ethnicity not a race, a latino can be of any race: white, black, asian etc… My family is european, ameridian, black and middle eastern from El Salvador and our skin color is way different from each other.

COMMONSENSE January 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

christy looks white to me but if you say so

anen87 March 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Agree she resembles Jessica Biel who is White woman in America and has nothing but caucausian ethnicities here at ethnic celebs.

Johanvelas May 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

it’s true not all salvadoran people are tan, my family are light skin and i even have cousins with blue eyes, green eyes, blonde hair and i have one with red hair. When i went to El Salvador this summer i met a lot of people who were light skinned and they were from indian descent.

lovedawn April 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

So… as I read the replies I am troubled by the silly comments regarding she’s too white or she’s all white because her mom is from El Salvador of English descent (what ever that means)! Her mother is Central American from Central America and that is that! Btw it’s horrible that being “brown” is still offensive…

Anonymous April 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

But Christy said herself that her mother, Liz Parker, is a Salvadoran of English descent. I didn’t pull it out of thin air. There is nothing wrong with being brown, but everyone that comes from those different countries is not. There is mestizo, white, black, Asian, and everything under the sun in Latin America. You guys are making a big deal out of nothing.

Melisa May 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

So true, all skin is beautiful because if it was all brown or all white, how boring. But I love that people get to know that Latinos in general are such a mixed population, they are all so beautiful! You have the very light to very dark. It is all good. Be happy we have such a broad spectrum…
I love that I am hispanic and that I speak Spanish. I am so proud of all the Hispanic people. We have come a long way! Love yourself no matter what skin color you are! Or others and don’t stereo type people.

Becca March 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

Yes she is half salvadoran. Not everyone from El Salvador is dark skinned. Both of my parents are salvadoran and my skin is very pale. Few freckles here and there. :)

Mirna March 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I get so annoyed reading such ignorant comments. Not all Salvadorians are dark!

Becca March 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thank you!!

VeRoni March 6, 2010 at 8:52 am

she is to white to be Salvadoran then again maybe she takes after her father

Me September 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

[email protected] ” she’s too white” it’s called genetics. She’s only half salvadoran and when you look at her older pics, her ethnic, exotic features were definitely showing. Her skin is white yes, but her natural hair is wavy/curly, plus her facial features are very exotic. I always knew she was not fully white.

dolphin March 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

What are you guys going on about? El Salvadoran is not a race. Christy is not biracial. If you read her biography, it says her mother was an El Salvadoran of English descent. So, yes, she is fully white.

Swag January 2, 2012 at 1:07 am

Thats incorrect, if that were true then all latinos would be considerd white

Becca March 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

Ignorant. It’s like saying all mexicans are dark. There is alot of different descents in El Salvador “mestizos” mixed with european and Indian…which thats where the Asian comes in also from the Indians. :)

Anonymous April 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

How am I ignorant? I already know what a mestizo is, but Christy’s mother was not one. You are ignorant for thinking everyone living there is. Latin American is not a race, and it will never be. You are crazy if you think Christina Aguilera, George Lopez, and Zoe Saldana are all of the same race.

Louisianian February 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

I read she’s Ecuadorian. Are you sure about El Salvador.

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