Yesterday the world celebrated International Women's Day, and throughout the day we witnessed beautiful moments of female empowerment. We watched inspiring messages from models at Paris Fashion Week, we heard Ban Ki Moon speak at the UN Women's March in March in New York, and we followed Every Mother Counts's social campaign to "Lift Women Up," encouraging Instagram users to post photos of themselves carrying a woman, be it their mom, wife, sister, or friend. One woman in particular has stormed the catwalk, the streets of New York, and the non-profit world, and she is this week's #MondayMuse: model-mother-activist-marathoner Christy Turlington.
Christy Turlington is one of the most famous models in the world, having gained her fame in the 90s, quickly becoming a staple on most magazine covers. She is most well known for her long standing contract with Calvin Klein, still appearing in underwear and perfume ads today. What Turlington has done with her fame reaches far beyond her success in fashion: in 2010, she launched Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization that spreads awareness of maternal health across the world and provides communities in developing countries with the equipment and knowledge to ensure all women safe childbirth.
She has also directed two documentaries, "No Woman, No Cry," and "Every Mile, Every Mother," to enlighten new audiences about the difficulties women suffer when giving birth in countries like India, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. Turlington is a long distance runner and has organized several Every Mother Counts marathon teams to raise money for her organization. We should also mention that she is a devout yogi, received her college education in Eastern Philosophy and Public Health, and has two children with her talented actor/director husband, Ed Burns.
This week and always, we are inspired by Christy Turlington's selfless actions, charitable efforts, and her belief that "beauty largely comes from within." Thanks for being our #MondayMuse!
A few photos from her stunning Instagram account: