Fifteen years into her retirement, Christy Turlington has plenty to keep her busy. British newspaper The Times recently caught up with the 40-year-old supermodel mom, who has kids Grace, 5, and Finn, 3, with her husband Ed Burns, about her family life and new career path.
Long involved in health and human rights issues, Christy is currently completing a master’s degree in Public Health at Columbia University. She also spent the past year traveling to Tanzania, Bangladesh and Guatemala working on a self-financed film on maternal health titled, No Woman, No Cry.
In an interview with Vogue last month, Christy talked about the movie – and her new career.
“Now I’m 40 and getting this degree, I might be on the cusp of the career that I always wanted. Maternal deaths mean there are very serious things going on under the radar about women’s status. There is aid for children, but without mothers, what are their chances of survival? International health-care reform is moving toward the American model, but it’s broken. The United States ranks forty-first in maternal health. I think one of the reasons we’re doing more Cesarean sections here is because that means more people in the delivery room, and the hospital can charge you for four days instead of two. It’s all for profit and not about taking care of people.”
For now, though, the California-born beauty is enjoying some down time with her family – including her sisters, with whom she admits there is some “mom competition” – in the Hamptons.
“I was the last to have children, but I breast-fed longer, partly because it was easy for me to do,” she tells The Times. “They’re incredible mothers, but I know that because Eddie and I have more… well, to live a good life, in this country, is expensive. I appreciate that my life has been unique, and that’s why I’m quite thankful for my career, that it took me this far and gave me the ability to do more.’’
Christy is well aware that the holidays in the Hamptons are evidence of her family’s “good fortune.”
‘‘Good fortune carries a responsibility to do good. You learn more going into things that are a little bit scary, that could potentially wake you up in some way,” she says. ‘‘One of the things I tell my daughter, when she says, ‘It’s so sad the way they live’ — I say, well, yes, but there are also a lot of things they have that we don’t have.’’