It was way back in 1989 when Christy Turlington first fronted the Calvin Klein Eternity fragrance campaign. The more things change, the more they stay the same. We caught up with the supermodel, who is once again the face of the new Eternity scent Intense (alongside her husband Ed Burns) to chat about life as a CK girl in 2017.
HB: Are there any new beauty products or treatments you’re loving?
CT: I don’t know how new they are, but I am a longtime fan of the Blue Therapy that Biotherm does. They have serums and oils, and I have super-dry skin. The more rich products, the better. But I am not one of those people that has to do whatever the latest, new thing is, and I am not a big treatment person. I just like easy, simple hydration and good health.
HB: What’s your nightly routine like?
CT: I wash my face and I use either the Blue Therapy serum or, Biotherm has a night cream that’s pretty rich, I’ll use that. It has to take five minutes or less. I am not really one to spend time on that.
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HB: What are the items you always buy at the grocery store?
CT: Always arugula, avocado, and lemons. I’m a big legumes and lentils kind of person. I am not a vegetarian but I always have that. I always have a chicken of some sort—roast chicken, chicken breast. And sweet potato!
How do you make them?
CT: I roast them or even sometimes mash them. I love them. And then kale, I love kale. But I like to make kale chips because my kids love them. I love anything that they’ll eat and not realize it’s healthy. They’re healthy eaters, too.
HB: What is your anti-aging strategy like? Are you more into prevention or repair?
CT: I don’t really have an anti-aging strategy. I accept it. It is what it is. I think about how I feel. So to me, yoga and running and doing work that is meaningful to me is the best way to look and feel good. I think happiness and living a life that you feel good in and you don’t feel compromised—that all makes a big difference to the way that you look. I don’t give a lot of thought to aging.
HB: What about sunscreen? Do you like the sun?
CT: I like the sun. I think it’s good for us. But I do put sun protection on. Also Biotherm has a good one. I run, so I run outside a lot. Even in the winter, if it’s sunny I’ll get sun. So I always make sure that I put that on. I also always wear a hat when I’m out in the sun.
HB: Speaking of running, is that the one workout that you love to do?
CT: I love yoga and I love running. Those are my two favorites.
HB: Do you do them everyday?
CT: No, probably a couple of times a week. If I am training for a race of some sort then I’ll probably run more than otherwise. And then yoga is kind of the antidote for as much running and tightening of muscles. A combo of those two things I never get bored with either.
HB: Do you run races frequently?
CT: I am running my seventh marathon is September in Berlin. I’ve run New York a couple of times, Chicago a couple times, Boston, and London. I have run a bunch of half-Marathons. I am going to run in three weeks in Tanzania. My organization does programs there, so I go there a lot.
HB: Looking back at your history with Calvin Klein, is there one moment that sticks out to you as particularly important?
CT: I would say there is two that I like best, the first one and this last one. The first one because it was the first. And the team, that was great to be a part of something when it was just launching and it was a really important time for Calvin Klein himself and in his life. So the fragrance and campaign was all the values and all things he was trying to embody at that time. It was a special time just generally. And it was earlier in my career, so I was excited by most things at that time—I became a lot more jaded. And also the commercials that we shot were by Avedon and by Sven Nykvist who was an incredible cinematographer, two people who are no longer alive. Just to have that experience—we worked for like, a month. It was like working on a movie. It didn’t feel like today where you can shoot a commercial in a day or two days. There were ten commercials. And then the photo shoot for that first campaign was in Martha’s Vineyard with Bruce Weber. And I hadn’t really worked with Bruce Weber before that. So both of those experiences at the same time were pretty memorable and unique. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any kind of production quite like those. And then the last one because it was with my husband and that was unique because we had never worked together before. He’s not a model and I’m not an actress, so that was unique and funny and strange. But also to have these images and you know, it’s just a nice thing to have.
HB: Was there one interesting or unique challenge of working with your husband?
CT: It’s just weird. But it’s also weird to work with someone who’s not your husband. As a model you can meet somebody that day, and then be right next to them the whole day, staring in their eyes—it’s not normal. I’d rather it be my husband. But even that’s weird because even if you live with somebody and look into their eyes all the time you don’t look at them with an audience of people around you or cameras. So that’s weird too, but certainly preferable when it’s someone you know.
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HB: Your work with Every Mother Counts is important now more than ever. How do you plan on expanding this mission in the face of the new political climate?
CT: It’s not really expanding, we’re still a pretty young organization. So just trying to make sure that what we do, we do well. And that we don’t grow too quickly. I think a lot of people would tend to grow fast because there’s a lot of opportunity and a lot of people want to be supportive and partner with us. A big lesson for me is learning to say “no” or “not now.” It gets you off the path of what you need to do. My job as the founder and CEO of the organization is to keep it being the value add that I think it is. That means incremental growth and that means really taking time to be planful. What I like about being this size and being young is that we’re flexible and nimble, which I think is also important for the way that philanthropy has been evolving and the way it’s going. Not only just in need but also the way people won’t have incentives anymore for being philanthropic, what will that do ultimately? There’s a lot we don’t know. I’d rather kind of see how things are coming together before making any kind of drastic changes. We focus here on the U.S. just as much as we focus internationally, so obviously in this climate there’s a lot of need that’s going to be critical here. So it doesn’t mean taking our eyes off of the other work but it does mean having a slightly nuanced or maybe speeding up some aspects of our future plans in the U.S. just to be able to meet the needs of the people that are going to have to have those services.
HB: If somebody wants to contribute to the organization, what could they do?
CT: They can donate straight-forward on the web site. We have a lot of product partnerships and things like that, and then we do a lot of races that people can join and help fundraise for. We have a lot of films, so sharing films, looking at the films. They’re educational so they’re short, many of them, so that’s one way to get people to understand the facts. That helps, and to also understand options or other resources. There’s a lot of information on our website, so that’s really the cornerstone of our campaign.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US