Nearly 13 years ago, Christy Turlington Burns evolved from an original supermodel to a women’s superhero, trading in runways in Paris and Milan for maternity clinics in Haiti and Tanzania. Her shift to health-advocacy work began after she experienced complications during her daughter’s birth, and learned shortly thereafter an unsettling statistic: A woman dies every two minutes from similar complications, and up to 98 percent of those deaths are preventable. Determined to shrink that number, Turlington Burns studied public health at Columbia University and founded the nonprofit Every Mother Counts. “I am so proud of my team. Together, we have impacted more than 540,000 lives so far.” She makes a point of wearing brands that give back, and has worked with companies like Toms and Clare V. to offer items that support her cause: “to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every mother, everywhere.
Turlington Burns’s Personal Style
Mantra: “Less is more.”
Favorite designers: Isabel Marant and Phoebe Philo for Céline.
Work uniform: Rag & Bone Lou skinny jeans, $250, rag-bone.com; a Nili Lotan button-down shirt or sweater.
Trusted carryall: “The Toms Orange Rose bag -- proceeds help support Every Mother Counts.” Compass tote, $68, toms.com.
Everyday shoe: Custom Stan Smith sneakers, from $110, adidas.com.
Jewelry I never take off: “My wedding band.”
Timepiece: Apple Watch, from $269, apple.com.
Shades: Toms Traveler sunglasses, in Florentine Matte Honey Tortoise, $78, toms.com.
Skin-care staple: Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum-in-Oil, $68, biotherm-usa.com.
Must-have makeup: Born With It Color Sensational Lipcolor by Maybelline New York, $7.50, maybelline.com.
Signature scent: Eternity by Calvin Klein, a fragrance she’s been wearing for more than 20 years. $68 for 1.7 ml, macys.com.
Way to unwind: “I run, do yoga, or take a bath with Epsom salts.” $3, target.com.
In Her Home
Palette: Gray, white, beige, and chocolate. Flowers: Orange roses. Fragrance: Le Feu de L’eau Le Feu Peche candle, “which smells of neroli.” $65, lefeudeleau.com.
If my house were on fire, I’d grab: “My kids and dogs.”
In Her Kitchen
Always in my fridge: New Barn organic un-sweetened almond milk, $6, wholefoodsmarket.com.
Daily breakfast: An açaí bowl.
Go-to snack: Almonds.
Dinner-party menu: Roast chicken and vegetables with a green salad.
Evening drink: Glass of Barolo.
On Her Radar
Go-to shop: “The Every Mother Counts website, for gifts that give back and support maternal health, like this Clare V. T-shirt.” Camp Fit tee, $99, everymothercounts.org.
Vacation spot: Turks and Caicos.
Treasured film: No Woman No Cry, her documentary on maternal-health challenges, $13, amazon.com.
Movie-theater treat: Popcorn.
On my playlist: Band of Horses, CDs from $7, bn.com.
Must read: Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou. “She is an incredible writer who always elevates the mundane to an art form.” $22, indiebound.com.
Favorite hotel: “I love the Casa Palopó hotel, in Guatemala. The view of Lake Atitlán is one of the best I have seen anywhere.”
I just came back from: Tanzania. “I went there to run the Kilimanjaro half-marathon and meet with our grantees on the ground. It dawned on me almost immediately that there is a deep connection between running marathons and giving birth. I love to spend time with our partners and the women they serve.”