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Model Citizen: Christy Turlington on running, radiance and charity work
June 13th 2015
Susannah Taylor interviewed supermodel Christy Turlington to talk rediscovering running, staying radiant at 46 and her charity, Every Mother Counts
ST: Congratulations on running the London marathon. Have you always been a runner?
CT: I rediscovered running about 4 years ago. I grew up very sporty, and I used to love running. When you are young, you run and it's play, and when I was in my teens and early 20s I would do it because I felt I should exercise as I was modelling. However coming back to it again - not so much for exercise but for a cause - became something suprisingly fun to do, as if I were a child again. It has become a social outlet for me too.
ST: Do you still practise yoga?
CT: Yoga is a life practice so I will always do it - it will be with me forever. I practise it a few times a week and I do a series of poses in a class in my neighbourhood in New York. I’ve done many styles of yoga over the years and I love them all; usually convenience limits me as to which style I do but the one I currently do is Hatha yoga with a Vinyasa style.
On her charity Every Mother Counts..
ST: Your charity Every Mother Counts supports women worldwide in pregnancy and childbirth. How did you come to starting it up?
CT: I had my first child about 12 years ago and I had a childbirth complication which opened up my eyes to a tragedy happening all over the world on a daily basis. My complication led to a post partum hemorrhage and I learnt that 289,000 women die every year around the world from complications with pregnancy and childbirth and that it was the most common killer in the world.
I started to get educated on it and I thought about what I should do. Then I jumped in and made a documentary, and Every Mother Counts was born. Primarily the point was about awareness - so people know about it and what can be done to prevent it. Then, though, many people learnt about it and they wanted to contribute money and so we became a non profit status charity in 2012, and from then we started fundraising. We are a small organisation but want to have a big impact so that we can have a direct connection to the places in the world that need the most help.
ST: How important is looking after yourself and wellbeing to you? Have you always looked after yourself even at the peak of the supermodel era?
CT: I would say so. I admit that I was a smoker in my teenage years and early 20s, but even then I was also practising yoga. I have always been pretty balanced in my approach to wellbeing.
ST: What supplements do you take?
CT: I take Imedeen every day. I started taking them around two years ago. I was never a big vitamin taker, although I went through a real phase of taking omegas when I was pregnant. I can only do two pills a day so I get the rest of my nutrition through food. I will take Imedeen every morning, it’s simple and the benefits are amazing – I have dry skin so it’s very complimentary to everything else I use. I try to put as much into my skin from the outside or inside that I can.
ST: What do you do to relax from everything going on in your life?
CT: I am a pretty active person and on my weekends I will go for a run or do yoga. I don’t ever just put my feet up, that’s not relaxing to me. My kids are active and we play sports and we go to see sports. My daughter rides and I find relaxation from being with them doing things like this.
ST: What is your take on nutrition? Do you follow a particular way of eating?
CT: I tend to be attracted to healthy food naturally, but I’m not really rigid and I definitely don’t limit myself. I prefer to eat things that are fresh – they taste and look better and make you feel better, however I am also realistic and I also travel to remote parts of the world where I have to make do with what I have to eat wherever I am. When in Rome, eat what the Romans eat!
ST: Do you eat organic?
CT: I try to. If I prepare my own food I will eat organic, but when you go to restaurants it's very important to keep track of everything so I’m not militant about it.
ST: Do you juice or make smoothies?
CT: I do juice from time to time but in New York you can get such great juice out and about that I also buy it. I do make smoothies for my kids though which I find is a great way of getting all the nutritious things in. My husband is a big juicer.
ST: Do you have facials?
CT: Not very often - I try to have one once or twice a year. Living in a city I feel you get a load of dirt packed in your skin that you need to remove from time to time. My skin is very dry, so in the winter I do intense moisturising - nothing exotic as I don’t have a lot of free time, but I layer on moisturiser.
ST: What is your skincare regime?
CT: I’m really pretty low maintenance. I wash my face in the morning and at night, then I use the Blue Therapy range from Biotherm. I need something very emollient so the richer and more natural based the better. I love the Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum in Oil and eye cream. If I try something I will use it for a while so that you can see maximum benefits from it.
ST: What is your attitude to ageing?
CT: I would say that I don’t worry about it - it’s not something I particularly worry about, as I’m a real believer in what’s going to happen naturally and if I feel good I tend to look good. I’m not that concerned with avoiding a natural transition in life - I’m here today and I will be there tomorrow so I go with the flow.
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