Christy Turlington has taken her luck of the gene pool and used it to make the world a better place. She is one of one of the most successful American models ever. She has appeared on more than 300 magazine covers, and is perhaps best known for representing Calvin Klein for an unheard of 20 years (1987 to 2007), plus Maybelline Cosmetics and Versace.
Turlington starred in her fashion documentary Catwalk (1995) and Isaac Mizrahi‘s Unzipped (1995).
She was one of the four model investors, along with Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer of the now shuttered Fashion Cafes.
In 2005, she began working with the international humanitarian organization CARE becoming their Advocate for Maternal Health. She has also been an Ambassador for (RED), founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to support the fight against HIV/AIDS, since their launch in 2006. (RED) now offers help for people fighting COVID-19. Her work on behalf of CARE, fighting child hunger, and (RED) inspired her to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health from Columbia University.
In 2008, Turlington began working on a documentary film, No Woman, No Cry, a look at the status of maternal health worldwide. This gripping film is Turlington’s directorial debut. It tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. No Woman, No Cry made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and its television premiere aired on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011.
In 2011, Turlington launched Every Mother Counts, a campaign designed to educate and support maternal, newborn and child health. She currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board.
Turlington is married to actor / filmmaker Edward Burns and her sister Kelly is married to Edward’s brother Brian Burns. Everyone lives comfortably and fabulously in Manhattan.