89. Christy Turlington Burns

The Advocate-Storyteller

Christy Turlington Burns takes maternal health seriously. The supermodel directed and produced her debut film, No Woman, No Cry, after her first pregnancy led to a serious health complication. The documentary, which follows at-risk pregnant women around the world, is the backbone of her advocacy group, Every Mother Counts.

This year, the group sponsored and filmed classes run by Midwives for Haiti, a training program on childbirth, and will release the documentary-style shorts on its YouTube channel throughout the year. The aim: to raise awareness and educate on a global scale.

"Solutions are quite complex in maternal health. For us, there is no silver bullet," Turlington Burns says. "But we can tell the stories."

[Illustration by Charles Williams]

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