Christy Turlington - #WomenWhoInspireWednesday by Tonya Peat
When I think of the name Christy Turlington I instantly am transported back to the George Michael “Freedom” ’90 video, you can watch it here if you want an instant flashback https://youtu.be/diYAc7gB-0A
It was an amazing video and being the teenager I was I had stacks of Vogue magazines with Christy Turlington and the whole band of super models on my nightstand. Christy Turlington was discovered while riding a horse in Florida where her father was working as a training captain for Pan Am. She began modeling at the age of 14 and moved to New York when she was 18 and lived the model life.
Then later when I was an intern at Entertainment Tonight I heard tale of a former intern who had gone on to make it big. His name was Ed Burns and he had just launched onto the film scene and was married to now former super model Christy Turlington. She now was all into yoga or something but my attention had shifted from the pages of Vogue to the film industry.
Then in 2011 I started working with a company called Stella & Dot and every year we would have special bracelets that were part of a fund raising event. This year it was for an organization called “Every Mother Counts” an incredible organization that works to provide prenatal care for pregnant women around the world but specializing in mothers to be in areas of the world with poor or not prenatal programs. Christy had started the company in 2010 after experiencing complications with her own pregnancy and birth she found out that over 500,000 women die each year during childbirth and that 90% of the deaths are preventable she became devoted to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. This company informs and raises funds that support maternal health programs around the world. She had done a documentary called “No Woman, No Cry” about pregnant women and their caregivers in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. She then directed the documentary film “Every Mile, Every Mother.”
She has been diagnosed with early stage emphysema as a result of smoking from the young age of 13, her father died of lung cancer and Turlington has become an anti-smoking advocate. She also serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health council as well as being a member of White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.