In 1998, Murphy was named VH1/Vogue's "Model of the Year". She played "Dubbie" in Barry Levinson's film Liberty Heights. She was one of the "Modern Muses" on the November 1999 millennium cover of American Vogue and was chosen to represent Calvin Klein's perfume "Contradiction". In 1998, during a photo shoot for Elle, the photographer noticed her resemblance to the actress Gene Tierney and dubbed her "The blonde Gene Tierney".
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