It doesn't take a 威廉希尔备用网址fashion-history major to acknowledge that the supermodel era of the nineties was one of the most riveting,exciting moments in 威廉希尔备用网址fashion.Those dazzling glamazons (Cindy Crawford,Linda Evangelista,Naomi Campbell,Stephanie Seymour) were A-list celebrities,and Christy Turlington Burns reigned supreme among them,her chiseled features and feline eyes helping propel her to legendary status.And guess what: She's Latina—a Salvadoran American superstar who emerged at a time when few of us were represented in glossy pages and on billboards.
Yet despite a modeling career that just wouldn't quit (you can still find Turlington Burns,45,serving as williamhill388beauty inspiration for Maybelline New York and flaunting her yoga-honed figure in Calvin Klein Underwear ads),she was ready for the next step.The model,wife to actor Ed Burns,and mom to daughter Grace,10,and son Finn,eight,enrolled in college and later createdEvery Mother Counts(EMC),a nonprofit campaign that raises funds to provide grants to maternal-health programs around the world.Naturally,GBL wanted to learn more.
First things first: Congrats on your Glamour Woman of the Year award this past fall!We were proud to see such a glam Latina onstage.
Thank you!Receiving a WOTY award was a rich experience.The celebration of women's accomplishments is what my work is all about.
How have you been able to understand the issues that mothers go through abroad?Language barriers and long-distance traveling must be draining,right?
Because I've traveled my entire life,I've been able to connect with so many people.My mother was born in El Salvador,and I have a big family there.Also,my father was a pilot,and my mother was a flight attendant.They made it a priority for my sisters and me to travel and experience different countries and cultures.
Tell us how EMC came to be.
I suffered a life-threatening complication delivering Grace and discovered that similar issues often lead to death for hundreds of thousands of women around the world every year.When I learned that almost 90 percent of these mortalities are preventable,I committed to doing all I could to stop them.
Sounds like a big task.Where did you start?
I brainstormed ways to share the information I was learning as a maternal-health ambassador and decided to direct No Woman,No Cry,a documentary exploring maternal health in countries like Guatemala.Through the film's success I found that people wanted to get involved,which led me to launch EMC in 2010.
What do you find beautiful about the women you work with?
I love the way we all come together to empower and support other women.I am proud of the presence EMC now has in the global maternal-health community.The fact that this issue resonates with so many people is a testament to the power of motherhood.
At what point did you realize that getting an education took priority over your modeling career?
My mother had always been on my case about completing my education.She had even gone back to school herself during that time to finish her degree,and I was envious.I was waiting for work to slow down—I never planned to model for so long—but it didn't,so I applied to New York University,where I studied spirituality and world religions.Later,I pursued my growing interest in advocacy,maternal health,and women's issues,and I knew that if I wanted a seat at the table with people who were really making a difference,I had to know what I was talking about.That led to working toward my master's degree in public health.