Christy Turlington’s Blog About…Me!
In high school, I was obsessed with the original supermodels – there was Cindy, Claudia, Naomi, Linda…and of course Christy! Her beauty is, and still is, out of this world. Over the years, I have seen her grace countless magazine covers and always admired her for transitioning from modeling into launching her own businesses and charity. She is also married to the handsome Ed Burns and is a mom.
In 2012, I relaunched my maternity website into a designer consignment site, with proceeds going to charity. I wanted to donate to a cause that supported maternal health causes. One day, by chance, as I was walking through a NYC park with Rumi and my mother-in-law Tor, we passed by Christy! Tor is very outgoing and has met Christy & Ed Burns several times in our Tribeca neighborhood, so she stopped and started chatting with Christy. It was at that point Rumi jumped from my arms into Christy’s arms and that’s when a real conversation about being a mom and her charity, Every Mother Counts, took place. I told her I was from Afghanistan, and my interest in maternal health charities. She gave me her e-mail so we could discuss it further.
Over the next few months, we kept in contact via e-mail and soon a partnership between It’s A Miracle Maternity and Every Mother Counts was born. I was humbled, and thrilled, when she wrote a blog about our meeting and partnership. My goal was to support EMC by donating 5% of each sale to her charity. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take It’s A Miracle to where I planned due to lack of funding for expansion, however, I do plan on personally donating to Every Mother Counts and raising awareness about the charity via my blog!
Here is her blog:
By: Christy Turlington Burns
I met Samira Atash and her daughter at my local park in New York City last summer. Coincidentally, I had met her mother-in-law in the neighborhood several years earlier. When we met, Samira shared some of her history with me. She had been born in Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the world, where one in 11 women will die due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Today she is a clothing designer, entrepreneur, and supporter of maternal health. We discussed our similar experiences in our travels to Afghanistan since 9/11. I traveled there with The Today Show in January of 2002 as a guest correspondent covering a UNICEF program to reintegrate girls into schools in Kabul after the Taliban had gone.