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Guess Which Supermodel Used to Be A Rebel Teen?

Christy Turlington first started turning heads in the Nineties, but this girl's still got it. How do we know? The infamous supermodel is Harper's Bazaar UK's latest cover girl.

In the January issue of the magazine, the 44 year-old American model talks returning to the billboards 30 years after starting out, being a mum of two, and why she'll never be a diva.

Turlington was discovered at the age of 14 and fast became part of that iconic pack that included Naomie Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford. In her interview with the magazine, she reveals that it was modelling that saved her.

"I was starting to get into some trouble and was hanging out with some rebellious friends. I was sneaking cigarettes," she says. "I was this juxtaposition of a girl and a rebel teen. I had lost confidence at school - so in a weird way the career [modelling] gave me structure. I had to learn to be responsible."

But it's not all about modelling. Following the birth of her daughter, Turlington launched the charity Every Mother Counts which aims to help women in developing countries survive childbirth.

She also tells the magazine that she's happy she can be viewed in a fresh light.

"I'm not a threat to anybody, whereas maybe as a younger model people might think, "Oh, she's a model, is she talking to my husband?" Not that I was ever the kind of person to be concerned about – but I think there's a weird insecurity that other people have. It's nice to be a woman who's in my mid-forties like other women."
Turlington (mid-forties and completely fabulous with it) wears black and white designs by Calvin Klein Collection in a series of stunning photographs shot by Alexi Lubomirski for the magazine issue - underwear and all.

On being styled in said underwear at said glowy age, Turlington said: "At first, I thought, underwear? I don't really want to do that at this point. But then I thought that it's actually good for people to see images of women, not just young girls – proper women who have diverse lives and demands. I feel good about the fact that I feel fit and healthy and I haven't manipulated myself in any way."

The full interview in the January issue of Harper's Bazaar goes on sale 5th December, so pick up your copy from newsstands or read the digital edition through Apple Newsstand.
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