Christy Turlington Burns
There are two things Christy Turlington Burns wish everyone knew. One: A woman dies every two minutes bringing life into the world. And two: Ninety percent of these deaths are preventable with treatments and medicines that are widely available. Her passion for maternal health has led her to start the organization/charity Every Mother Counts. Christy’s goal- making pregnacy and childbirth safe for every woman.
Christy, pictured here with her daughter Grace (she has two children with actor/filmmaker Ed Burns, Grace 11 and Finn 9) recently reprised her 25 year relationship with Calvin Klein- once again she is the face of Calvin Klein Eternity Perfume. Calvin Klein has also chose to team up with Christy for The Eternity Project, their new global philanthropic initiative, spreading the message of eternal love and commitment by supporting various charities. They’ve donated $30,000 and sales of the limited-edition Eternity Calvin Klein twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition bottles will go towards the support of EMC. This Eternity campaign is Christy’s all time favorite. She has jokingly said she has gone through around 5 husbands throughout Eternity’s history. This campaign’s eternal love? Her real life husband Ed Burns! Perfect!
Christy- What inspired you to start Every Mother Counts?
After delivering my daughter Grace in 2003 I hemorrhaged. I was fortunate to be in the competent and loving care of a great team who managed the situation together but millions of other mothers don’t have access to the care that I received that day as I would soon learn and that that leads to hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth. Once I knew about these shocking statistics I had to do something about them and started to become educated about global maternal health. After traveling the world to better understand the barriers women face every day around the world trying to access basic and emergency obstetric care it became clear that a documentary would be the best way to share what I was learning with others with the hope that I could inspire others to ensure safer birth outcomes around the world. The film led me to want to create the organization. I wanted to provide a resource to others who connected to this issue and wanted to engage as I had. 98 percent of these deaths are preventable. Together, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
What can we do as mother’s to help support EMC?
Visit Everymothercounts.org to see all the ways anyone can get involved. Most importantly, those of us moms who are empowered with a voice and who have a network, we can share this information. The more of us who know that women are still dying in childbirth in the 21st Century, the more we can demand for the changes needed to insure safer, more empowering birth experiences. If you are active, you can also support the programs we have invested in by walking, running or cycling using a free App called Charity Miles and choose EMC. You can organize a book drive or supply drive to equip vulnerable moms with tools that will help them deliver safely. You can purchase EMC partner products that help fund programs around the world that will ensure access to the people, supplies and facilities that could save their lives. (Minted wall art, Lolly Baby, Citizens for Humanity Maternity jeans, Oiselle EMC capsule collection)
What do you love most about being a mother?
I love that it has provided me with the opportunity to do more for others and in doing so, I am being an example to my children. I also really enjoy the deep connection with other women around the world that it provides.
If you had more time for you what would you be doing?
I would probably be reading more.
What can you not say no to?
No is not a word that I use enough. I am a positivist yet there is a limit of what I can do so it’s something I am working on getting better at.
What’s your earliest memory of fashion?
My Brownie uniform. I loved my beret and knee length socks.
What are some of your favorite children’s brands?
Pink Chicken is an adorable children’s line that has expanded into Tweens. My son wears head to toe sports gear and I have to beg my daughter to wear a dress occasionally. Grace is developing her own style and has very specific ideas about her wardrobe. Sadly the days of me bringing back beautiful clothes from around the world are over….
Favorite designer you wish would come out with a children’s line?
I love Isabel Marant and I think she did do children’s clothing but not sure if she does for my daughter’s age. Plus, I would never spend that kind of money on children’s clothes.
Most treasured item in your wardrobe? Is there something special you have set aside for Grace for when she gets older?
I often tell her that one day she might enjoy all the clothes and bags I have saved. There are in mint condition because I barely wore most of it. My most treasured pieces have a story and that’s why they are special. I guess my most precious dress is my wedding dress that John Galliano designed.
What lessons have your children taught you?
They teach me so much every day. I guess the biggest lesson is patience though. Slowing down and smelling the roses sometimes. They both appreciate nature and the feel and smells of things.
When Grace and Finn grow up they want to be…
I don’t know. I guess that’s another great thing about kids. They are in the present more than most of us. I don’t think they look forward to being adults. Not yet. I want them to stay children for as long as they can.
Thank you Christy!!