Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Christy Turlington Burns

Todays WOD is Christy Turlington Burns (born January 2, 1969) an American model best known for representing Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007. An ex-smoker whose father died of lung cancer, Turlington is also an anti-smoking activist and an ambassador for CARE. In 2005. She began working with the international humanitarian organization CARE and has since become their Advocate for Maternal Health. She has also been an Ambassador for (RED) since their launch in 2006. Her work on behalf of CARE and (RED) inspired her to pursue a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School. In 2008, Turlington began working on a documentary film, No Woman, No Cry, profiling the status of maternal health worldwide. The film, Turlington's directorial debut, tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. No Woman, No Cry made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Turlington launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health.

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