Now 47, the 1990s supermodel-turned-activist -- she founded the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe in the U.S. and abroad -- said she has no interest in plastic surgery.
"Never," she told the October issue of Town & Country about using Botox or plastic surgery. "For years these things didn’t even exist: collagen, fat cells, the crazy stuff people do I cannot imagine. First of all, I have no time. Second of all, I don’t think it looks good. Maybe I would think differently if I thought it looked good and it didn’t hurt and it didn’t send bad messages to young people. But I’ve never seen someone who I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It looks freaky to me."
In fact, Turlington, the mother of 12-year-old Grace and 10-year-old Finn with filmmaker Ed Burns, said she has no fear of aging or approaching 50.
"I wasn’t worried about aging at 16, and I’m not worried about it at 47," she said. "It’s a fact of life, and it’s good that people close to me see that I’m relaxed and okay about aging, not neurotic or worried about it. To my kids I’ll be the mom who barely shaves her legs, who doesn’t color her hair."
"Being who you are, being your best self, has nothing to do with what you look like," she added.
So, what plans does she have for celebrating her 50th birthday?
"I've made a new promise that I want to spend every birthday in a place I haven't been, doing something outdoors: hiking, running, climbing," she said, adding that Chile and Patagonia are on her wish list.