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Christy Turlington Burns Talks Posing in Her Calvins Past 40 and Keeping It All in Perspective

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Dubbed by some as the least retouched body in the business, Christy Turlington Burns shows no signs of giving up the title. In her latest ad for Calvin Klein’s classic fragrance Eternity—a campaign she first shot twenty-six years ago in 1988 alongside Mark Vanderloo—it’s almost as if time has stopped for the super (save for the fact that writer, director, actor, and husband Edward Burns has recently replaced the male model, and the brand is launching a newly revamped version of the iconic eau, Eternity Night, out in August). Bring up the lack of airbrushing her famous face and physique requires and Turlington Burns will likely question your source. “I don’t know if I believe that,” she laughed. “I was retouched when I was 15 and I’m retouched today—it’s part of the business. I hope that people know there’s a bit of smoke and mirrors and that not everybody has no tan lines, no freckles, no scars.”

Throughout the catwalker’s long and illustrious career, however, it appears she’s needed less Photoshop magic than most—a fact one could attribute to her daily yoga practice, runs along Manhattan’s West Side, or penchant for juicing. Her Zen-like attitude and grounded approach to life might also be to blame, as Turlington Burns counts success not in the number of fine lines she’s managed to avoid over the years, but in her accomplishments as a mother and philanthropist. She started Every Mother Counts, a charity focused on maternal health, after encountering complications during her delivery with daughter Grace (now 10). “It was a great experience up until the unexpected happened, and then suddenly something that I felt so prepared for [was out of my hands]. I could never understand why, and in trying to understand and researching, I came across these incredibly staggering figures from around the world [regarding] women and girls who were dying from similar complications to the one I had endured and survived with very basic care,” she explained. “Once I learned that information, I couldn’t not do something about it.” Here, how the supermodel continues to stay centered, strong, and sane.

How does it feel to see the Calvin Klein Eternity campaign a second time around?
For starters, I’m still adjusting to the fact that I’m in them with my husband [Edward Burns]. But I love them—I think they’re beautiful. After having done it for so long, I think they still feel very fresh and classic at the same time, which I think is a hard thing to pull off.

Did you give your husband any modeling tips?
I was telling somebody this recently, but he was like, “I just kind of want to follow her lead—if she’s doing this, she’s doing that…” I’d kind of, like, move his body here and there. But obviously he’s been on camera many times, and he has even done a few ads before, so it’s not completely foreign, but being with someone I think is also different.

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How has your life changed after becoming a mother? And more specifically, how has your beauty routine changed?
I have less free time and I haven’t been bored since I became a mom. It’s kind of a funny thing that you think when you’re a single person, What am I going to do today? [As a mother], every moment there’s something that needs to be done. But that’s also wonderful, too. It makes you feel very grounded in the best of ways. I know that if I’m traveling, [my family is] there. Their existence in the world makes me feel somehow balanced or tethered in a really positive way. And in terms of beauty, I’ve always been kind of a less-is-more person. I don’t put a lot of attention and time into myself. When I do that kind of work, it’s done for me, so I’m not really used to doing that myself. I can barely shave my legs, honestly. And then as a mom you don’t have enough time: I schlep on some cream in the morning, take them to school, go to exercise—you just try to squeeze in as much as you possibly can.

Is there one thing you indulged in before you had children that you just haven’t even thought about since?
I never go to the movie theater, and I miss that. I sometimes go to the theater-theater, but even that’s a really rare occasion. I’d say it’s more that kind of stuff. I mean, spontaneity, like, “Oh! I’ve got two tickets to see…” That’s a hard thing to pull off for me. Everything has to be very planned. And because I work and I have to travel for work, when I’m home, I want to be home. And the nighttime is our most precious family time.

How do you balance it all?
I don’t even like the word balance. I like to think of integration because that’s what you really need to do in order to aspire to balance, I suppose. I’ve been a yoga practitioner for most of my life—well, more than half—and I feel like that allows me to be tapped in and feel very connected. There’s not a lot that makes me feel shaken or worried or stressed. And if I do get that way, I have the tools within myself through that practice to be able to get back on track. There’s nothing like a really good night’s sleep and a yoga practice.

Is there a particular pose that helps you de-stress?
I love inversions mainly. Anything that just kind of changes everything up, oxygenates, wakes me up, and makes me get going and moving. But I don’t do any one pose every day in the same way—I just do whatever I feel pulled toward. But it’s great to be able to have so many tools to be able to draw upon.

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Do you practice every day?
I practice yoga every day. I don’t practice asanas every day—asanas are just one part of eight limbs of yoga. I try to practice a couple times a week in a class. I like classes more than I do home practice, but really it’s more in my daily life—I practice seva yoga, which is service, and that’s kind of what I do through the nonprofit. I do that as a mother with my children. It’s the idea of being very present and mindful of other people at all times. And then obviously pranayama, which is a breathing practice. We all breathe, but we don’t all do it so mindfully, so I try to do mindful breathing.

How do you make time for exercise? Are you up at the crack of dawn?
I wish. Whenever I can squeeze it in. I’m not a big morning person, so my day usually starts when the kids are at school, and then I’ll go to yoga class or I’ll go for a run, and then I go to work. That’s the way I have to do it. Sometimes I try to squeeze in something later, but it’s much harder. Once they’re home and once we have the homework and we have our lives, to get that sort of solitude is really hard.

So how much time do you normally carve out of your day for your yoga practice?
An hour to two—somewhere in there.

Aside from yoga, is there anything else you do to keep your body in such amazing shape?
Oh, thank you. No, yoga is the main thing. I run, which I started doing really because of my organization. I started running the marathon, running other races to raise awareness. I ran as a child; I ran track and field when I was very young, so it’s kind of in me, but I never enjoyed just running for exercise. Now that I run as part of a team and because of the organization, I love it in a way that I had forgotten that I did. I love to be disconnected from my phone. I don’t take music. I’m just either by myself or with my team—[which is comprised of] colleagues and supporters of [Every Mother Counts]—and we do long and short runs together. We join races, and they’re so fulfilling on so many levels that now I’m like, “I’m a runner—and I’m a yogi!”

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Do you have a favorite place to run?
When I’m in the city, I run up the West Side Highway. I drop off my kids at school; I run to the highway, and you can go up as far as the George Washington Bridge or go to the park and do a loop…But I run wherever I am. I’ll run in whatever city, and it’s nice to get out and discover new small streets. It’s fun.

Do you take any vitamins or do any cleanses to stay healthy and energized?
Since I’ve been doing yoga, I’ve done cleanses—usually on an annual or seasonal basis—and I’ve done different kinds over the years. So I believe in juice cleansing, but more in the summer months when it’s warm. It’s really hard to do when it’s cold. And [I'm not attached] to one thing in particular; it could be a day or two—it’s sort of just what I feel. I also started working for Imedeen [an antiaging skincare tablet]. I started taking a supplement for my skin, which I started doing early last summer, and I really liked the results. My skin has always been on the drier side, in particular because I travel a lot. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten drier. I’ve noticed that it has sort of restored moisture in a way that I haven’t really experienced. I mean, I could be decadent with whatever oil and cream [I'm using], but that only gets me so far. I think doing something from within is an important thing. I had a skincare company for a while, so I have a good understanding of how the skin works as an organ, and it just makes a lot of sense. It’s also been great for my hair; it’s made my hair much thicker and it’s growing really fast, so it has this double positive effect, which I like.

Do you have a go-to cleanse?
I’ve kind of tried them all. I’m not crazy about BluePrint. I’ve done the Clean Cleanse a couple of times. My husband started doing it before I did, and I’ve known [Dr.] Alejandro [Junger] for many, many years. I like his a lot, but it’s twenty-one days, so it can be [difficult] depending on what’s going on in your life. And it’s not all juice. It’s more of a commitment, and it depends on my travel schedule—but you feel great, and the idea is that twenty-one days changes habits. I’m a healthy eater to begin with, but it’s a nice reset if you’re coming out of the holidays or whatever. We have so many Juice Press places now in the neighborhood—it’s one of the best things that has happened. By my kids’ school is Melvin’s [Juice Box], and Melvin [Major Jr.] himself used to be the juice guy at Lifethyme when I lived in the West Village. It’s my neighborhood place, and I feel like he does really, really fresh, yummy juices. But I just love that [juice cleanses] are so accessible now and you don’t have to do all the work on your own at home with a juice machine. It’s much easier.

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When you’re not juicing, what is your must-have snack?
I’m a nut person. I eat nuts constantly. If I were a kid in this age where everybody’s allergic to nuts, I would just probably shrivel up and die. I snack all the time, and I like almonds, I like any kind of pepitas. I’m constantly eating sunflower seeds and nuts. I also [take them] when I’m traveling because they’re really good for your skin, energy, and protein.

What is your favorite signature dish to cook for your family?
I’m a good roast chicken person. It’s the easy go-to if I don’t know what to make, and it will always be good and consistent.

What is your idea of an amazing night in?
Staying up for a full episode of any of the shows that are on right now. Eddie and I, we can’t keep up! And we [watch] them together, too, so I can’t just watch one and get ahead of him.

Is there a particular series you’re following?
We finally caught up on Homeland, so we finished that. And my husband just directed a pilot for a series that is also a period piece from the mid-sixties [and set in] New York, so his will hopefully be the next up-and-coming show. It’s called Public Morals. We’re very into the Mad Men thing because it’s leading up to that same time.

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What did you do to prepare for your most recent Calvin Klein underwear campaign [shot at age 44]? Did you step up the workouts?
I did not have a whole lot of time to prepare, and I did not step up on anything! But I was running already—I’d run my first marathon, so I think I was probably fairly fit from that. Yoga—and I started Spinning, too, a couple of years ago, only because running outside in the winter was sort of hard, especially this winter. So I started Spinning at SoulCycle once a week just to do another cardio. But I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. It was like, “Oh, do you want to do this? OK! We’re going to do it next month!”

Is there a particular part of your body that’s more difficult to tone than the rest?
Not that much. I normally am not that kind of person. They [Calvin Klein] like my body. I like athletic bodies more than I like skinny bodies, so for a long time I used to say my ideal body type was Steffi Graf. She’s just powerful and super-toned. I have a really hard time building muscle, so for me it’s not hard to be thin, it’s [harder] to be defined and toned. But there’s not a lot I can do about it, to be honest. It just is what it is. But I have skinny arms, so I like to have a little bit of definition and do some upper-body stuff to have some muscles.

If skinny arms are the biggest problem you have when wearing nothing but your Calvins, I’d say you’re doing all right.

Through May 31, all proceeds from in-store sales of the limited-edition Eternity Calvin Klein 25th Anniversary bottle will support Every Mother Counts.

Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It

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Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Throwback Thursday: Drip Dry

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Christy-Turlington-Vogue-UK-October-1994-Nick Knight-80s-90s-Tumblr-cropThrowback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington Burns

The Moment: Wet Hair

The Motivation: We admit we’re huge Christy Turlington Burns fans, but right now it seems the whole fashion world is, too. From Harper’s Bazaar‘s U.S. June/July cover to a new Calvin Klein underwear ad (where she reprises her role from the late eighties), this original super is proving that the nineties really are back. Not only does the above Nick Knight-lensed shot provide one more example of how gorgeous this top model is, but it highlights another trend: wet hair. We spotted damp strands (considered one of hairstylist Guido Palau’s trademark looks) on the Fall runways at Prada, Marni, and Giambattista Valli. A dip in the pool (or in the case of today’s NYC weather, getting caught in the rain) never looked so chic.

Photo: Nick Knight for British Vogue, 1994; courtesy of www.80s-90s-supermodel.tumblr.com.

Throwback Thursday: Flick You

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Christy Turlington CateyeThrowback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Retro cat-eyes gone nineties

The Motivation: If we had to play favorites with the original supers, Christy Turlington would get our vote just about every time. Mother of two, Gallatin graduate, philanthropist, and the poster child for aging gracefully, hers is the kind of timeless beauty that radiates from the inside out—and boy does she wear makeup well! This thick, pre-Amy Winehouse cat-eye manages to skirt the retro-modern line, although there’s something quintessentially nineties about that heavily lined, tadpole-like brow that makes this snap that much more fetching—that and her flawless complexion and pouty nude lips, obviously. Thank God the 44-year-old is still racking up editorials; here’s to forty more years!

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris, 1990; Courtesy of www.80s-90s-supermodel.tumblr.com

Throwback Thursday: Nineties Supes Forever

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Throwback Thursday is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Models: Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista

The Moment: Larger-than-life lashes, big brows, and dramatic cat-eyes

The Motivation: If there’s one look that will stand the test of time, it’s big, flirty lashes and a seductive cat-eye (see Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture for further evidence). From Brigitte Bardot and old Guess ads to, yes, even the sisters Kardashian, the enduring combination is the ultimate sign of sexed-up femininity. Adding a full, groomed brow, a neutral, heavily lined lip, and a pre-big-tobacco-crackdown cigarette gives this particular spread an undeniably nineties feel, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not prime for a reprise; the decade that pioneered dark excess before segueing into minimalism and grunge is having a moment, in case you hadn’t noticed.

Photo: Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia, July 1990; Courtesy of www.80s-90s-supermodel.tumblr.com