Christy Turlington with her husband Edward Burns. Photo: TPG
Q2) Every Mother Counts has helped so many women. Are there any women who stand out?
Christy Turlington: “There are three women who come to mind. I first met them in 2009 when I was filming No Woman, No Cry, and met them again when I was in Tanzania last year. Janet, who walked nearly 10 miles (16km) to the clinic to deliver her third baby in the film, recently gave birth to her fifth son. Lightness, the 16-year-old whom we gave a ride to a referral hospital to deliver by emergency C-Section, dropped out of school and just had her second child. And Agnes, who after suffering for 11 years from an obstetric fistula learned she was eligible for free treatment, but is now a victim of marital abuse because she hasn’t been able to conceive since. This just proves that the way we become mothers will impact the rest of our lives.
Q3) How has your attitude towards beauty changed over the years?
Christy Turlington: “I have always believed that beauty comes from within. The way that magazines and the industry have portrayed beeauty over the years has actually improved in some ways. In the 80s we wore so much makeup, and I felt that I covered myself – or rather others were always covering me at work. Now I feel that makeup is more minimal and individualised, which to me has always been more appealing. I really like the philosophy of ‘less is more’. I want to see my skin, and my own features. I want to use products to enhance my features, but I don’t want to change or hide them.”