Christy Turlington could have bled to death

Despite all these achievements and the humanitarian work she has been dedicated to since her youth, people still only know her as a supermodel.

Jul 7, 2022 - 13:38
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Christy Turlington could have bled to death

After giving birth for the first time in 2003, Christy Turlington nearly bled to death in the maternity ward. "Usually the baby comes out, you're okay and then you recover and bond with the baby. But within an hour, the energy in the room had changed. What was happening to me was the beginning of a very serious postpartum hemorrhage. A woman in that situation can bleed out in two hours," said Turlington, who today also goes by her husband's last name, Burns.

Fortunately, the doctors intervened in time and stopped the bleeding, and from that moment, Christy became interested in the health of mothers and founded the non-profit organization "Every Mother Counts". So for years, with the help of the doctors she gathered, she has been helping women all over the world to give birth safely. She recently provided emergency aid to women affected by the war in Ukraine.

Despite all these achievements and the humanitarian work she has been dedicated to since her youth, people still only know her as a supermodel, which bothers her a lot. "I don't like that word. It seemed sensational even then. At some point, it became synonymous with cultural things that weren't great – big hair, lots of makeup, too much of everything. I didn't want to be marked and labeled. I always thought I would do something else. I wanted to have the freedom to do other things. Anyone who knows me well knows that I don't identify as a supermodel," said Christy.

Despite this, the public is still hungry for stories about supermodels. On whether they still exist today, Turlington says, “It probably depends on how you define it. People, if they are interested in fashion, attach themselves to the models of their era, just as we attach ourselves to bands or musicians. Today there are many who young people like my daughter Grace define as supermodels – Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss.

She shot her first Vogue cover at the age of 16, but when she signed an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein in 1988 at the age of 19, which helped her launch herself among the most famous models of that time.

Post by: Rinna James