Star Mom: Christy Turlington Burns

Can you share some of your can't-live-without products for new babies?
I always try to use organic or environmentally friendly products. California Baby makes great shampoo and bath products with chamomile and lavender. I love Seventh Generation products too, especially the bleach-free diapers and baby wipes.

What's hardest '- modeling, mommying or being a businesswoman?
I think they're all challenging, but the ultimate challenge is finding a balance. Being a mom has felt the most innate. Modeling didn't require a ton of effort, and as a result, it didn't produce an immense amount of pleasure. Being a businesswoman certainly requires a lot of work and can ultimately be quite rewarding, but being a mother has given me the greatest reward on a daily basis.

What are your favorite parts about being a mom?
It's made my life so much richer. Having children puts so much in perspective, something that consistently and pleasantly astounds me.


The most frustrating thing?
I think there are daily difficulties, but I don't think there's one big frustrating thing. I feel pretty lucky to be a mom, and my kids are a constant reminder of that.

You were discovered as a young teen. How did your mom support you as your career was taking off?
My mom has always encouraged me to follow my gut and be true to myself. I think that's what's helped me maintain myself throughout everything thus far.

How does she inspire you now that you're a mom yourself?
She's just thrilled to be a grandmother '- especially one who's always available to support and spoil!

When you think of Christy Turlington, you think supermodel. What do you think would surprise people most about your day-to-day routine?
Probably that I'm extremely low maintenance. I prefer home-cooked meals to restaurants and because nearly all of our friends have small children, we tend to eat early and get to bed early too.

You must get approached constantly to do charitable works. Why CARE?
My mom's influenced me because she's always been involved with volunteer and relief organizations. She actually helped initiate the relationship with CARE. Once I started learning about this amazing group '- that the words care package were originated by their wartime efforts, that they've been working behind the scenes for 60 years and have projects in over 70 countries '- I was eager to help. CARE is unique in that it not only responds immediately to emergencies but really focuses on creating long-term sustainable projects.

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