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Christy Turlington Burns, born January 2, 1969 in Walnut Creek, California, is an American fashion model. She has worked on dozens of modeling campaigns for companies including Maybelline Cosmetics, Calvin Klein and Versace. Turlington starred in her own fashion documentary Catwalk and another called Unzipped about fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. She also became the fourth model to invest, after Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, in the now defunct Fashion Cafes. In 2010 Turlington founded Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts was founded after the completion of Christy's documentary, "No Woman, No Cry" —a film about the issue of maternal mortality in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States. Her modeling career began when Turlington was discovered by local photographer Dennie Cody while riding horses in Miami, Florida. Turlington began modeling after school from the ages 14 to 16 and during summers while she attended Monte Vista High School. After turning 18, she moved to New York City to model full time. Turlington was one of the faces to land in one of the fourteen covers of V magazine in the September 2008 issue. Each cover boasts a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading models or the supermodel era, it was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In the early 2000s, she become a partner in a variety of business ventures. One is an ayurvedic skincare line, Sundari, and the others are two clothing lines produced by Puma - an active women's clothing line and a women's yoga-wear line. She has contributed writings to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, Canada’s Globe and Mail and the British Evening Standard. She has also contributed to NBC’s Today Show as a guest correspondent, reporting on the status of girl’s education in Afghanistan in early 2002 and an interview with the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India.
During the 1990s, she appeared in the documentary Unzipped about fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, as well in the fashion spoof film Prêt-à-Porter by director Robert Altman. Additionally, she was featured in Catwalk, a documentary about her life walking runways for fashion designers by director Robert Leacock. She was featured on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as being one of the Modern Muses. She also appeared in two music videos. In one Fellow model Yasmin Le Bon got her husband Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran to feature Turlington in their Notorious video in 1986, when Turlington was only 17. Singer George Michael drew inspiration from Peter Lindbergh's January 1990 British Vogue cover featuring Turlington, Campbell, Evangelista, Crawford and Patitz for his "Freedom" video. The video featured all top 5 female models along with their top 5 male counterparts, lip-synching the song. The video was shown during George Michael's 2008 concert tour while he performed on stage. Christy has appeared on over 500 magazine covers and has been featured in several professional photobooks, including Peter Lindbergh's 10 Women, the cover of Arthur Elgort's Model Manual, Herb Ritts Man/Woman and Karl Lagerfeld's Off The Record. Turlington also posed nude for the PETA anti-fur campaign. In honor of Turlington's fortieth birthday, W Magazine put together a collection of iconic images from her career, from runway shots from the late eighties to the present.
In 2005 Turlington began working with the international humanitarian organization CARE and has since become their Advocate for Maternal Health. She is also an Ambassador for Product Red - a brand licensed to partner companies such as Nike, American Express, Apple, Starbucks, Converse, Bugaboo, Penguin Classics, Gap, Emporio Armani, Hallmark, Dell and Beats Electronics. It was founded in 2006 by U2 frontman and activist Bono and Bobby Shriver of ONE/DATA to engage the private sector in raising awareness and funds to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a recipient of Product Red money. After suffering complications in her own 2003 childbirth, and upon learning that over 500,000 women die each year during childbirth, of which 90% of these deaths are preventable, Turlington was inspired to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Turlington visited Swaziland in Africa in May 2007 on behalf of Product Red, and also went to El Salvador in 2005 and Peru in 2008 on behalf of CARE. 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, Columbia University, 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. Turlington currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors. She is a member of White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Mother’s Day Every Day. An ex-smoker whose father died of lung cancer, Turlington is also an anti-smoking activist.
Turlington made her directorial debut with the 2010 documentary film No Woman, No Cry. The 60 minute documentary profiles the status of maternal health and focuses on four cases from Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and America. The film made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and the US 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 VH1 Do Something Awards. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary No Woman, No Cry, Turlington launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Turlington completed her first New York City Marathon in 2011, running with Team Every Mother Counts to raise awareness for maternal and child health. Every Mother Counts 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. The contributing artists on the CD are: Martha Wainwright, Carla Bruni, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Patti Scialfa, Toshi Reagon, Angelique Kidjo, Ani DiFranco, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Lopez, Karen Elson, Sinéad O'Connor, and Martha Wainwright.
Every Mother Counts 2012 is a compilation album that was released in 2012 in partnership with Starbucks. The contributing artists on the CD are: Bono and The Edge, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Faith Hill, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Rita Wilson, Diana Krall, Seal, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Alanis Morissette, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, David Bowie, Cedella Marley, Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Coldplay. US $8 from the sale of each CD in participating Starbucks stores during 2012 is to be given in support of Every Mother Counts.
In 2000 Turlington met actor, director, and writer Edward Burns at a Hamptons party, and by the end of the year they were engaged and were married in June of 2003. Despite numerous erroneous media reports, Turlington was not given away by good friend Bono. Bono attended the San Francisco wedding but Christy said:
"He 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: a daughter Grace born in 2003, and a son Finn born in 2006. Christy's sister Kelly is married to Edward's brother Brian Burns, and together they have a son born in early 2008. Turlington is involved in yoga and practices a style known as Jivamukti Yoga. She is the author of the book Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice. She went back to school in 1994 and graduated cum laude in 1999 from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She has also pursued a Masters degree in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to starta new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats.. take a look