Christy Turlington

Early life

Christy Nicole Turlington born on January 2, 1969 in , the middle of three daughters born to Dwain Turlington, a pilot for , and María Elizabeth ( Parker Infante), a from , . She was raised in the faith of her mother along with her sisters and still practices the religion to this day.

She was discovered by local photographer Dennie Cody while she was riding a horse in , where her father was working as a training captain for Pan Am. Turlington began modeling after school from age 14 to 16 and during summers while she attended in . After turning 18, she moved to to model full-time, and later graduated from high school. She went back to school in 1994 and graduated in 1999 from the of New York University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in and . She continued her studies at the .

Personal life

Turlington and husband

In 2000, Turlington met actor, director, and writer at a party, and by the end of the year they were engaged. In 2002 and just months after buying a New York property together, they decided to split up. The couple reunited and were married in June 2003. Despite numerous erroneous media reports, Turlington was not given away by her good friend . Bono attended the wedding, but Turlington said, » was there, of course, but I gave myself away. I mean, I was 25 weeks pregnant at the time. Eddie met me halfway down the aisle.» Burns and Turlington have two children, Grace (born 2003) and Finn (born 2006). Turlington’s sister Kelly is married to Edward’s brother .

Turlington began smoking at 13 and was smoking a pack a day by age 16. At age 26, she quit smoking. However, in 2000 at age 31, when undergoing a lung scan to raise awareness about current technology, she was diagnosed with early-stage emphysema.


Turlington is a practitioner of , specifically a type of yoga known as . Turlington has practiced yoga since 1987. Within an article published April 15, 2001 she stated she practiced three times a week, during the morning time. She credits yoga with bringing her closer to her Catholic faith.

She is the author of the book Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice, first published in 2002, is now within a third edition (2002, 2003, 2005). The 2002 text has a foreword by . Turlington was involved in the of the January–February 2001 edition of .


She has run four during her life (April 2015), including the , her is 3 hours and 46 minutes. Her first marathon was run during 2011 within . Part of her training for the London Marathon, which she ran during 2015, was a half-marathon run, within . She trained using the during 2015 (prior to the public release of the watch). Prior to her first marathon, Turlington was running distances of 3 to 5 miles a day, «a few times a week», a pattern of running typical for her for periods throughout her life.

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Her look: Doe-eyed serenity – the embodiment of Calvin Klein’s fragrance Eternity, one of her most famous campaigns.
USP: The Zen One. Having launched her own Ayurvedic skincare line and yoga range, she’s now a prominent campaigner for maternal health in the developing world. She studied for a masters’ degree in public health and launched Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organisation that supports maternal health «

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«Christy’s Submission


Some pictures look rather dreamy.

Best I think is the duo where they are walking a dangerously looking road, it feels like a car with people armed with automatic guns will appear any moment, yet the women show no fear at all – this is really favorite.

Too many pictures with smoking cigarettes, you just used a cliché.


The pictures are all beautiful to the last one which is no surprise really considering the model we are talking about and al»

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Humanitarian activities

Anti-smoking public service announcement featuring Turlington from 2000

In 2005 Turlington began working with the international humanitarian organization and has since become their Advocate for Maternal Health. She is also an Ambassador for .

After suffering complications in her own 2003 childbirth, and upon learning that over 500,000 women die each year during (of which 90% of the deaths are preventable), Turlington was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health at the .

Turlington visited in May 2007 on behalf of , and and in 2005 and 2008, respectively, on behalf of . 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, , 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.

In September 2010, Turlington participated in a CARE Learning Tour to to investigate the work being done to reduce .

Turlington currently serves on the Global Health Council, and as an advisor to the Board of Dean’s Advisors, She is a member of and Mother’s Day Every Day.

An ex-smoker whose father died of , Turlington is an anti-smoking activist.

No Woman, No Cry

Turlington made her directorial debut on the 2010 . The 60 minute documentary profiles the status of maternal health and focuses on four cases: from , , , and the United States. The film made its world premiere at the 2010 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 .

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 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, .

The charity released a short film series entitled Giving Birth in America some-time a little before May 2015.


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.

is a compilation album that was released in 2012 in partnership with Starbucks. 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 had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to and , 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.



Turlington in 2000

20th century

During the 1990s, she appeared in , a documentary about fashion designer , and the fashion film by director . Additionally, she was featured in , a about her life on the fashion runways by director Robert Leacock. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American as one of the «Modern Muses». Turlington has appeared on international fashion magazines that include , , , , , , , and .

Turlington has been featured in advertising campaigns for , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and . She also appeared in two music videos. Fellow model got her husband of to feature Turlington in their «» video in 1986, at the age of 17. In 1990, singer drew inspiration from January 1990 British Vogue cover (which features Turlington, Campbell, , , and ) for his «» video. The video featured all top 5 female models along with their top 5 male counterparts, the song. The video was shown during ‘s 2008 concert tour while he sang. She was added on as the fourth model investor, after , and of the now defunct .

21st century

In honor of Turlington’s fortieth birthday, 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 regarding 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 September 2008 issue. Each cover boasts a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading models or the era, it was lensed by duo and .

She featured in the spring/summer 2009 campaign alongside .

Turlington Burns closed the Autumn Winter 2019 walk for the fashion designer .

Other business ventures

In the 2000s, she has become a partner in a variety of business ventures: an skincare line, Sundari, and two clothing lines produced by , an active women’s clothing line; and a women’s -wear line.

She has contributed writings to , , and along with contributions to the . She has also contributed to ’s as a guest correspondent, which included reporting on the status of girl’s education in in early 2002 and an interview with H.H. at his home in , India.

She was also an initial product tester for the 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.

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