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August 23 2014

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The Supes Come Out for a Cause

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Christy Turlington Burns, Roger Ross Williams

Last night, just in time for Mother’s Day, Christy Turlington Burns and Citizens of Humanity debuted the short documentary Every Mile, Every Mother, the former’s latest directorial effort. Also on hand in the Soho House cinema was Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, screening his new work, Tutu: The Essence of Being. Karlie Kloss and Dree Hemingway both turned out to support the supe, and Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine K. Zarrella, moderated a discussion between Turlington Burns and Williams on filmmaking and philanthropy. Turlington Burns, who was recently named one of the Time 100 for her charitable work, spoke frankly about the transition from A-list model to advocate: “For a long time I did feel like I had to separate [fashion] from the person I wanted to become. But this morning I was somebody else, and yesterday I was somebody else.” When asked whether she was daunted by the prospect of debuting her film alongside the Oscar vet, Williams quickly interjected, “You should be asking me how it feels to debut my film alongside one of the most beautiful women in the world.” Despite the shorts’ seemingly disparate subject matter (Every Mile offers an emotional look at a team running for Turlington Burns’ maternal health charity, Every Mother Counts, in the Hood to Coast relay race; Tutu is a hopeful snapshot of Bishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah), Williams offered up the unifying factor: “It’s about speaking out. It’s about not being silent.”

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