Christy Turlington Burns
With more than twenty-five years at the forefront of the fashion industry, having graced every magazine cover from Vogue to Time, Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate and now filmmaker. Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Turlington Burns’ personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. In 2005, she began working with the international humanitarian organization CARE and has since become their advocate for maternal health. She has also been an ambassador for (RED) since their launch in 2006. Her work on behalf of CARE and (RED) inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School where she is currently enrolled.
In 2008, Turlington Burns began working on a documentary film profiling the status of maternal health worldwide. In her gripping directorial debut, she shares the powerful 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 in New York City and its U.S. television broadcast premiere on May 7, 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Turlington Burns launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide. The keystone of the campaign is www.everymothercounts.org, an interactive platform providing the tools to raise awareness, education and action.