Fashion Mile

December 9, 2010

Christy Turlington Talks Avon Fragrance and Womens Empowerment

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She may be well-known for the past 20 years as the iconic face of Calvin Klein, but supermodel Christy Turlington is about to tango with a new partner: Avon.

The 41-year-old model will launch a sensually musky floral fragrance entitled “Slip Into” with the beauty giant next year, that plays on the act of slipping into your high heels.

We recenlty caught up with the pouty-lipped brunette, where Turlington said that being a busy mom has made her appreciate life’s simplest pleasures even more.

“I grew up with the old-fashioned idea that you only wear fragrance for fancy occasions. Now, I wear it for myself. Every moment in life is an opportunity to celebrate,” said Turlington.

As such, the model said she felt right at home shooting the ad campaign, where she wanted busy women to relate to the notion of a blissful, private moment taken for oneself.

“I identified with the ad’s concept really well. As a woman, mom and busy human being, I said yes — I need more of those quiet moments!” she said.

The California native is a longtime yoga practitioner and has even penned a book — “Living Yoga, Creating A Life Practice” — and says that the peaceful practice combined with sleeping well and a balanced lifestyle are her keys to maintaining the glow that continues to bring in the modeling contracts.

“I try to look my best, but feeling my best is more important,” says Turlington.

When Avon came knocking earlier this year, she said it was the brand’s work with women’s empowerment and health issues through the Avon Foundation For Women that immediately spoke to her.

(In fact, we recently bumped into the model at Avon’s latest fundraiser event, where Turlington sported a statuesque Alice Temperley maxi dress.)

“I’ve always wanted to make an impact. Women’s status in the world is very important to me. I think the lack of status women have in some countries is the reason why you see such high pregnancy deaths,” said Turlington.

With a lifetime of sashaying down the red carpet and illuminating countless magazine covers, we wanted to know what the mother of seven year-old daughter Grace would teach her about the glitzy world of fashion and beauty.

“She’s walking around in my heels and borrowing my perfume — we haven’t gotten to makeup yet. I want her to slow down!” laughs Turlington.

Turlington adds that her daughter finds it strange to see her mom looking glamorous on magazine covers, when she runs around the home in dressed-down wear and flats.

“She gets that there can be both dressed up and practical moments in life,” said Turlington, adding that Grace can see first-hand that magazine photos are airbrushed, and not an entirely accurate rendition of mom.

As for other young women who look up to the model, Turlington also has some sage advice.

“Try a lot of things…experiment. We live in a country where women have so many options, you can explore and voice your opinion…unlike other women in the world.”

In related news, a group of nearly 50 beauty bloggers and brand are raising funds to improve the health of women in third world countries.

posted by: stylist


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