On Monday evening, Calvin Klein and Macy's hosted an event for Christy Turlington Burns's non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts (EMC), which works to make childbirth safer for mothers and hopes to end preventable childbirth-related deaths around the world.
The event featured a discussion between Burns and Glamour's Cindi Leive about EMC's growth, motherhood, and running the New York marathon.
I was struck by how well-spoken, motivated and smart Burns came across, but also--I have to say it--by how ridiculously amazing she looked. She's so perfect-looking it was truly distracting, even though she was wearing a simple long black dress. My pointing this out lead to a discussion in the office about why we are all so obsessed with how gorgeous Burns is, what specifically it is about her that makes her so pretty, and why she still looks so great at 44.
When Leive asked if she had plans to do another Calvin Klein Underwear campaign in another 10 years, the supe laughed and said, "Oh god. Lots of yoga and running."
So, the yoga and running may have something to do with it. But we wanted to know more, about why--literally--she is such a beacon of physical perfection. So we asked a plastic surgeon (yes, this story took an interesting turn didn't it?).
According to New Jersey-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Glatt, it all boils down to geometry. "What makes Christy Turlington [Burns] such an icon of virtually perfect beauty is a long oval divided face almost perfectly in thirds," he explained. "Forehead to wide-set eyes and high cheekbones to full, wide lips." Yep, it's that simple.
"Beauty can be explained by the angles, contours, curves and proportions of the face that work in harmony to create the concept of beauty. If a man or woman’s face is in good proportion, we are more likely to notice it and find it beautiful." Wondering if your own face has the right proportions? "To determine the thirds, the face is divided into three sections by drawing horizontal lines through the forehead hairline, the brow, the base of the nose and the lower margin of the chin. For the ideal face, the three sections are equal." Are yours equal? Then, congrats! You're beautiful.
Glatt also, unsurprisingly, confirmed that patients often come into his office with photos of Burns as "a prime example of someone who looks fresh faced and not at all plastic."
There is also the lack of aging that we have a hard time wrapping our heads around. "Christy Turlington [Burns] at 44 looks virtually the same as she did 20 years ago," agreed Dr. Glatt. "In side by side photos it is hard to distinguish the younger Christy from the older." He attributes the quality of her skin to the fact that she quit smoking cigarettes when she was 26 (at 16, she was smoking a pack a day and has even battled emphysema). He adds that "people need to remember that Turlington [Burns] takes care of herself and is a known yoga fanatic."
So there you have it: Take care of yourself, run and do yoga, have a perfectly symmetrical face, and you will look just like Christy Turlington Burns!