CHRISTY TURLINGTON in 24 HOURS
From activist to marathon mum, a peek into the supermodel’s life by the hour.
7.15AM I’ve been living in New York since I started working as a model, and it’s also been 11 years since I married my husband Edward Burns. I have a set schedule every day, so it isn’t too hard to explain my everyday routine. 7.15am is when my alarm clock goes off, but I snooze for about two to three times, before getting out of bed and waking my two kids up. My daughter, Grace, is 13, and my son Finn, is 11. 8AM The kids go to school. Luckily, their school isn’t too far from home so they can make it for their 8.15am class if they leave home at 8am. After they leave, I’ll have a cup of green tea and start exercising. Yoga, stretching, and running—I alternate between these exercises everyday. I try not to eat too much in the morning, but if I’m going for a run, I’ll have a banana. 8.30AM I do yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Otherwise, I’m training for my next marathon. I’m going to join a full marathon soon, and that’s going to be my seventh marathon challenge. In 2015 at the London Marathon, I ran a full course in three hours and 45 minutes. I always wear Brooks running shoes during a marathon. After training, I’ll change into something a little bit more casual like long pants, silk shirts, and flat shoes; something more relaxed. After training, I’ll either have a protein smoothie or a fruit puree, yogurt, and an açaí bowl with some healthy toppings at Chobani Café. It’s a wonderful organic café in New York, and there’s one on Prince Street and another on Greenwich Street. I believe you can have good skin, and improve elasticity and translucency just by running or training, so I don’t spend too much time on make-up or skin treatments. After putting a few drops of serum, I apply a moisturiser and an eye cream like Biotherm Blue Therapy Eye, followed by Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer and a black mascara; my daily make-up is that simple. 10AM After working out, I head to the office, check my e-mails, and attend meetings. Currently, I’m running the non-profit organisation Every Mother Counts, which provides medical care to pregnant women or young mothers around the world. Personally, I had difficulty delivering my daughter, but thanks to advanced medical technology, it was a successful and safe delivery. Over the past few years, we’ve only had a team of 14 members, but as demands for our service
continue to increase, we are recruiting new staff. Today, I received a report from our staff in Guatemala; it’s important to have discussions on the reports we gather from all over the world. 12.30PM I don’t set myself a lunchtime. When someone in the office says, “Does anyone want something?”, our lunchtime starts. I usually eat soup, vegetarian chili, or a salad. I think people have an impression that I’m not interested in eating, but that’s not true, I just enjoy eating healthy food. I was a vegetarian for a long time, but now I eat anything as long as it smells and looks nice! For lunch, there are Mexican and Korean food trucks near the office as options. 7PM After coming home, I check on my kids’ homework before preparing dinner. Weekdays are difficult for us to eat dinner together because the kids are always busy with their activities (basketball and ballet classes), so we often eat roast chicken. It’s great because we make the kids’ sandwiches or chicken salad the following day with any leftovers. Occasionally, I try to cook salmon or pasta to enjoy dinner with my husband, but because the kids stay up late, I tend to stay up late, too. Sometimes, I read books to the kids. 10PM Night facial treatments are simple, too. After washing my face with Biotherm’s face wash, I apply an oil moisturiser from its Blue Therapy series—that’s all I do. I don’t have energy left for reading or watching TV on weekday nights. Weekends however, are different. Recently, my husband and I started watching a TV drama called The Night Manager, and next on the list is Victoria.
“I believe you can have good skin, and improve translucency just by running or training ... I don’t spend too much time on make-up or skin treatments.” – Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington at the MoMA Film Benefit earlier this year
Turlington on US BAZAAR’s May 1993 (top) and April 1998 (bottom) covers, photographed by Peter Lindbergh
Turlington with husband Edward Burns at Met Gala 2014 1 daily protein smoothie 7 marathon challenges
The athletic supermum at the London Marathon in 2015 2 kids