Christy Turlington is an advocate for maternal health. She opens up about that, her beauty regime, and more. By Zarelda Marie Goh
Christy Turlington looking radiant at 47. Photo: TPG
Six years ago, supermodel and Imedeen global ambassador Christy Turlington started Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. The non-profit organisation was formed after Christy had complications during the birth of her first child Grace, now 12.
She started to hemorrhage due to a retained placenta after delivering her. She then later learnt that thousands of women die yearly from similar situations like the one she had. She then made the documentary No Woman, No Cry to raise awareness about maternal health and started Every Mother Counts.
She has since had a second child, Finn, now 10, with her actor-husband Edward Burns. Christy is just as passionate about her role as a mother as she is about her Every Mother Counts.
Leading by example is imporant in her role as a mother, and this includes teaching her kids good eating habits. “When it comes to food and exercise, moderation is the best way to live,” she says. Now in her 40s, Christy embraces growing older. “With age comes wisdom. I wouldn’t want to go back in time for anything. I am happy with who I am now.”
The supermodel answers five questions on maternal health, beauty and marathons in an email interview.
Q1) How do you balance work and family?
Christy Turlington: “Balance is an interesting word. I think it’s very difficult to really sustain balance. I like the word ‘intergration’ a bit more. Since I became a mother, I know my priorities and my family comes first. But I am also very passionate about many issues, especially the work I do with Every Mother Counts. That kind of work feeds me in such a way that I am a better mother for it. When all of the aspects in my life are complementary, then I am able to feel like I am in balance. It is a daily aspiration and it is certainly not without effort.”