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Christy Turlington Bio
Christy Turlington (born January 2, 1969) is an American supermodel. She first represented Calvin Klein’s Eternity campaign in 1989 and again in 2014 and also represents Maybelline. Turlington was named one of Glamour ’s Women of the Year in 2013, and was named as one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014. Turlington gained fame in the late 80s and early 90s as a supermodel and was during the peak of her career as a top designer favourite. She, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista are called the “Trinity” because of the power and fame that all three gained.
In 2010, Turlington founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. It was founded after the completion of Turlington’s documentary, No Woman, No Cry, a film about pregnant women and their caregivers in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States. In 2013, Turlington directed the documentary film, Every Mile, Every Mother which explores Every Mother Counts’ participation in long distance running to highlight distance as a barrier for women to receive quality care.
During the 1990s, she appeared in Unzipped, a documentary about fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and the fashion mockumentary film Prêt-à-Porter by director Robert Altman. Additionally, she was featured in Catwalk, a documentary about her life on the fashion runways by director Robert Leacock. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the “Modern Muses”. Turlington graced the cover of countless international fashion magazines across the globe, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Tatler, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Allure.
Turlington also appeared in two music videos. Fellow model Yasmin Le Bon got her husband Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran to feature Turlington in their “Notorious” video in 1986, at the age of 17. In 1990, singer George Michael drew inspiration from Peter Lindbergh’s January 1990 British Vogue cover (which features Turlington, Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz) for his “Freedom!” video. The video featured all top 5 female models along with their top 5 male counterparts, lip-syncing the song. The video was shown during George Michael‘s 2008 concert tour while he sang.
Turlington starred in her fashion documentary Catwalk and Isaac Mizrahi‘s Unzipped. She was added on as the fourth model investor, after Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer of the now defunct Fashion Cafes.
She has appeared on over 500 magazine covers and has been featured in several professional photobooks, including Peter Lindbergh‘s 10 Women, the cover of Arthur Elgort‘s Model Manual, Herb Ritts Man/Woman, and Karl Lagerfeld‘s Off the Record. In 1993 she posed nude for PETA’s anti-fur campaign.
In honor of Turlington’s fortieth birthday, W magazine put together a collection of notable images from her career, from runway shots from the late eighties to today. In 2008, casting agent James Scully said in regards to Turlington:
|“||The greatest model of all time! You could combine every model to this day into one person, and they wouldn’t come close (sorry, girls). Probably the biggest crush I’ve ever had on a girl. It would be a dream to have the opportunity of working with her on a show again before I retire, but that seems about as likely as winning the lottery.||”|
Turlington was one of the faces to land in one of the fourteen covers of V magazine September 2008 issue. Each cover boasts a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading models or the supermodel era, it was lensed by duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Other business ventures
In the 2000s, she has become a partner in a variety of business ventures: an ayurvedic skincare line, Sundari, and two clothing lines produced by Puma, an active women’s clothing line; and a women’s yoga-wear line.
She has contributed writings to Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and the UK’s Evening Standard. She has also contributed to NBC’s Today Show as a guest correspondent, which included reporting on the status of girl’s education in Afghanistan in early 2002 and an interview with H.H. Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India.
She was also an initial product tester for the Apple Watch launch in 2015, participating in the press conference and allowing them to film a segment featuring her use of the Apple Watch to train for a marathon.
After suffering complications in her own 2003 childbirth, and upon learning that over 500,000 women die each year during childbirth (of which 90% of the deaths are preventable), Turlington was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Turlington visited Swaziland in May 2007 on behalf of Product Red, and El Salvador and Peru in 2005 and 2008, respectively, on behalf of CARE. Her involvement with CARE was influenced by her mother, Elizabeth, who has been a longtime CARE supporter through her former flight attendants’ organization, World Wings. The FEMME project, a coming together of CARE, Columbia University, and local government, brings health-care practitioners together to find better methods of serving the large number of women needing assistance who are too intimidated to seek help in a clinic or traditional hospital.
Turlington currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, She is a member of White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Mother’s Day Every Day.
An ex-smoker whose father died of lung cancer, Turlington is an anti-smoking activist.
No Woman, No Cry
Turlington made her directorial debut on the 2010 documentary film No Woman, No Cry. The 60 minute documentary profiles the status of maternal health and focuses on four cases: from Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States. The film made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in the United States, and the U.S. television broadcast premiere aired on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on May 7, 2011. The documentary earned Turlington a nomination for the Do Something With Style Award from the VH1 Do Something Awards.
Every Mother Counts
Concurrent with the debut of her documentary No Woman, No Cry, Turlington launched Every Mother Counts (EMC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. EMC currently supports programs in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, and the United States.
Turlington completed her first New York City Marathon in 2011, running with Team Every Mother Counts to raise awareness for maternal and child health. She also ran the 2013 ING NYC Marathon with Team EMC and 2013 Hood to Coast Relay, which is featured in her documentary film, Every Mile, Every Mother.
The charity released a short film series entitled Giving Birth in America some-time a little before May 2015.
Every Mother Counts is a compilation album that was released in 2011 exclusively to Starbucks, with a proportion of the proceeds to be donated to CARE and the Every Mother Counts organisation to support its maternal health care programs in coffee growing countries worldwide. The contributing artists on the CD are: Carla Bruni, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Patti Scialfa, Toshi Reagon, Angelique Kidjo, Ani DiFranco, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Lopez, Karen Elson, Sinéad O’Connor, and Martha Wainwright.
Every Mother Counts 2012 is a compilation album that was released in 2012 in partnership with Starbucks. The contributing artists on the CD are: Bono and The Edge, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Faith Hill, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Rita Wilson, Diana Krall, Seal, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Alanis Morissette, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, David Bowie, Cedella Marley, Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Coldplay. U.S. $8 from the sale of each CD in participating Starbucks stores during 2012 is “to be given in support of Every Mother Counts”.
In 2015 Turlington signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.
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