You’d think having “International Super Model” as part of your resume, you’d be set for life. But not for Toni Garrn, Christy Turlington Burns and Liya Kebede. These ambitious, compassionate ladies each wear multiple hats. Christy is a mother, documentary filmmaker (“Every Mile, Every Mother”), and founder of charity organization Every Mother Counts. Toni is a Plan International ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl campaign. And Liya is a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador, an actress and founder of Lemlem, a fashion brand that sells hand-woven cotton scarves, clothing and children’s dresses made by traditional artisans in Liya’s native Ethiopia. For the first time, the three moguls are combining their superpowers for the Scandinavian brand Lindex‘s new campaign.
The message? “It’s what you do that defines you.” Not how you look or what you wear. Lindex has created T-shirts that will be for sale starting March 18 and the profits will go to charities selected by the Toni, Christy and Liya. But for now, be inspired by the moving messages about self-love and inner beauty these Super Role Models have to say.
Christy Turlington Burns
[quote type=”center”] It is possible to experience an awakening in this life through realizing just how precious each moment, each mental process, and each breath truly is. [/quote]
“One thing that has become abundantly clear to me as I have advocated for the health and well-being of girls and women over the years, is the innate power we each have within us to establish deep connection with one another and heal ourselves simply by sharing our stories.”
“Everybody is so anti-aging, but I don’t want to look younger than I am. Our face is a map of our life; the more that’s there, the better.”
“To realize we are so much more than our experiences, that we are who we are because of the lessons we’ve learnt, now that’s what true ‘beauty’ is for me.”
“I am energized when I am feeling purposeful. As a mother and an advocate I feel a sense of purpose daily.”
[quote type=”center”] Enabling to receive an education and the chance to obtain knowledge to do what they want is a very matter dear to my heart. If I can help more people in the world achieve that goal, it would be great. [/quote]
“You have to be aware of your priorities. I’ve cancelled a lot of jobs because of my private life, that’s very important. If I’m not happy, I won’t be able to work anymore.”
“I get up, come what may.” (On whether there are days she doesn’t feel beautiful and doesn’t want to be photographed)
[quote type=”center”] The thing about beauty is that everywhere you go, beauty means something else. [/quote]
“I meet women all the time who inspire me. It’s not really women who are doing great things, it’s just women who are doing things and who are owning their lives, making a change.”
“The most inspiring piece of advice I’ve gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age.”
“Helping others isn’t a chore, it is one of the greatest gifts there is. I want to challenge the next generation of women to find a way to give back that inspires and fulfills them and weave it into their daily lives. If the next generation can learn that early on, we have a real chance to change the world.”
“I want women to understand that they are powerful. If you look back at history, in almost every big moment, in every leap forward, you find ordinary women at the core. We have more ability to make changes in the world than we can imagine if we have the courage to try.”