Shortly after the birth of her first child, Christy Turlington got a big scare. She experienced inexplicable complications that made her aware of the fact that hundreds of thousands of women still die from childbirth every year. It startled her even more to learn that many of these deaths are preventable.
So while Turlington still makes her mark on the world as a beautiful face, modeling for fashion magazines and brands like Missoni and Calvin Klein, she is also becoming one of the most visible advocates for maternal health. You can see her devotion to this cause in documentaries like No Woman No Cry, her directorial debut, and her organization, Every Mother Counts, which strives to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms.
We sat down with Christy at the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, feeling very moved after watching a segment from her film at the conference’s lunchtime keynote. We talked to her afterwards about her involvement in Every Mother Counts and tried to glean how she seems to live such a balanced, healthy life. In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, we’re pleased to offer this red couch interview and special magazine:
Click here to learn how to get involved with Every Mother Counts.