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Christy Turlington Burns

Model & Activist

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Christy Turlington Burns talks about the moment she was first discovered, her experience moving to New York City after signing with Ford Models, her pursuit of higher education at the height of her career, and how she became an advocate for maternal health care.
Mother, director, social entrepreneur, activist, and model Christy Turlington Burns is known for her iconic work representing Calvin Klein's Eternity, Maybelline, and more. She currently focuses her efforts on helping mothers worldwide.   In 2010, Turlington Burns founded a nonprofit organization called Every Mother Counts. The organization is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother and supports maternal health worldwide in countries like Tanzania, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Syria. In March 2016, Every Mother Counts was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit.   Turlington Burns became compelled by the need for quality maternal medical care around the world after she endured childbirth complications. She directed and produced the 2010 documentary, "No Woman, No Cry," about maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. She has been recognized as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People and Glamour magazine's Women of the Year.   Turlington Burns is also a member of the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and serves on the advisory Board of New York University's nursing school. She holds a BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and has studied Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.   Turlington Burns currently lives with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children in New York City.

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