Phillip Bloch writes:
As the expression goes: “Beauty is only skin deep.” However, that is not always the case, as I sat down to interview one of my favorite iconic supermodels at LunaFest at the Tribeca Theatre in New York City. She was screening her award-winning directorial debut, “No Woman No Cry,” and it became abundantly clear that Christy Turlington Burns is way more than just a beautiful face.
She is a writer, director, entrepreneur, advocate, devoted daughter and wife to Ed Burns, the handsome and talented actor/director … along with being mother to two beautiful children and as I affectionately refer to her: an overachiever.
While other notables of the supermodel posse from the 1990s infamously wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000, Christy was actually using the money from her iconic Calvin Klein campaign toward putting herself through college. It was obvious that prancing down the runway in Versace couture gowns was never going to be enough for Christy, whose passion for philanthropy and a life of service has fueled her mission to make a lasting impact on the world.
In fact, one of the top items in Christy’s “bucket list” is that one day her children will follow in her footsteps, as she followed in her mother Elizabeth’s footsteps (who was a long-time ambassador for CARE). She hopes they may walk alongside her as she continues the journey through her foundation “Every Mother Counts.”
Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and aside from running in them, Christy has travelled the distance proving that in fact every woman counts. Be it in helping at-risk mothers from Guatemala to Tanzania, encouraging others to “quit” as an anti-smoking activist, holding her own as a mother and wife, or gracing the covers of hundreds of magazines…
In the words of George Michael, ”I just hope you understand, sometimes the clothes do not make the man (or woman)…. Freedom”!