Christy Turlington Burns opens up about plastic surgery, Botox and other cosmetic procedures, and why she plans to avoid them. The supermodel also shares her thoughts on aging and more in a cover story interview with Town & Country magazine.

Christy Turlington Burns

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The 47-year-old rose to fame in the late 1980s and 1990s as one of the original supermodels of that era alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista among others. In recent years she’s turned to activism and is the founder of nonprofit organization Every Mother Counts whose mission is to make “pregnancy and childbirth safe in the U.S. and abroad.”

Her ‘Town & Country’ interview covers many of the hot button topics that beautiful women of a certain age are typically expected to weigh on. The publication asked Christy Turlington Burns point blank if she’d ever had plastic surgery or Botox and she said, “Never.” Elaborating, she went on to say, “For years these things didn’t even exist: collagen, fat cells, the crazy stuff people do I cannot imagine.”

She continued, saying, “First of all, I have no time. Second of all, I don’t think it looks good. Maybe I would think differently if I thought it looked good and it didn’t hurt and it didn’t send bad messages to young people.”

She also said, “But I’ve never seen someone who I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It looks freaky to me.”

As for growing older, she said, ““I wasn’t worried about aging at 16, and I’m not worried about it at 47. It’s a fact of life, and it’s good that people close to me see that I’m relaxed and okay about aging, not neurotic or worried about it.”

Turlington, who is the mother of two — a son, Finn and a daughterl, Grace with husband, actor and director Edward Burns — went on to say, “To my kids I’ll be the mom who barely shaves her legs, who doesn’t color her hair. Being who you are, being your best self, has nothing to do with what you look like.”

Those were not her final comments on physical appearance. She also weighed in on that perennial topic — the fansion industry and its standards of beauty and body size that are often under criticism. But unlike many, she wasn’t quick to place blame, and instead said, “I don’t think people get eating disorders by looking at magazines.”

Elaborating, she said, “I think there’s a much deeper set of issues around a lack of power and control, or something happening in the family. As an active model and a mother of a 12-year-old girl, I would not blame a magazine or fashion company for that. People have to get over the idea that realism is being projected here.”

You can see more of the interview here and get the full scoop on plastic surgery, Botox and more and be sure to check out Christy Turlington’s Town & Cover photos below!