Cindy Crawford is an international supermodel who broke into the modeling industry in the ‘80s and earned recognition as one of the most iconic women in the business. Crawford’s popularity in the fashion industry launched her into an incredible career that still influences other models. She appeared in countless magazine covers, runway shows, and fashion campaigns, making her a household name. Her healthy body-weight, beautiful brown locks, and signature beauty mark captivated hearts everywhere. Crawford’s success and professionalism have made her a healthy role model for thousands, including Maria!
“You were always such a role model and example,” Maria told the supermodel. “You didn’t fall into the pitfalls of everything, you were clean… it was such a great example you paved.”
The renowned supermodel is a modern-day renaissance woman. Crawford is a television personality, best-selling author, businesswoman, and mother. In the ‘90s Crawford hosted and executive produced the MTV series, “House of Style,” while also appearing in Pepsi advertisements and signing as a spokesperson and model for Revlon. She says her brand was “Pepsi, Revlon, MTV, things that were cool, but still accessible to most people.”
Crawford launched home furniture collection Cindy Crawford Home, as well as Meaningful Beauty, a skincare line launched with French skin rejuvenation expert Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh. She also worked with Katherine O’Leary to publish the 2015 autobiography, “Becoming,” where she discloses life lessons and personal experiences. The entrepreneur has even raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer. She shares even more about her life journey during episode 165 of Better Together!
Her Beauty Mark
In of her first photoshoot covers with Vogue, the supermodel told Maria how British Vogue retouched her face to remove the appearance of her iconic beauty mark. This was before it became a part of the signature Cindy Crawford look. This all changed when Crawford’s beauty mark was left in for an American Vogue photoshoot. It was never questioned again whether or not her mole should be covered or surgically removed.
The 54-year-old model hated her beauty mark growing up and saw it as a flaw rather than a beautiful part of herself. It didn’t help that her sisters called it an ugly mark or that the senior boys in high school would taught her about it. On one occasion the group, who knew “little Crawford’s” older sister, purposely mistook the beauty mark as chocolate. Consequently, she never used that stairway again and asked her mom to have the mark removed. Thankfully she didn’t.
“A few years I became well known, these girls came up to me and they had gotten tattoo moles right there,” Crawford divulged. “I was like you guys like I wanted to get mine removed, you guys are crazy!”
The mom of two learned to reembrace her beauty mark and now she doesn’t even notice it! “It’s not like I say good morning to my mole every morning.”
Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber have worked toward success and affluence. Crawford says they were blessed to achieve it, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the prominence is a blessing for their two kids. Presley Gerber and Kaia Gerber have always been in the spotlight, growing up in the age of social media, which isn’t always great.
“They grew up in the public eye in a way that we never did and that they never really chose,” Crawford described. “Have to understand that they will not be just like us.”
She also acknowledges how she put both Kaia and Presley in the spotlight whether they want to be or not, and respects their process of living life. Kaia also followed in her mother’s footsteps as a popular model in the fashion industry. Crawford says the experience has brought the two closer because they work in the same business and learn from one another.
“It’s different than it was for me and I listen to her and try to learn from her,” she shares. “My advice to her is really the same advice that I would give anyone about anything, which is be on time, stay off your phone, be prepared. I mean that was the same advice I gave my son when he started working in a juice store.”
The best-selling author and businesswoman also offered insight on how she and Rande Gerber maintain a successful marriage. The couple has been together for over two decades. She joked with Maria saying if a couple has survived the quarantine and raised kids together because having them is easy, then it’s certainly a testament to the strength of that marriage.
“For Randy and I, we really are friends. We really like each other.” Crawford emphasizes the importance of building a relationship on the foundation of a friendship because it’s more than an attraction. She and Randy also don’t “fight dirty,” or name call. The supermodel admits they have their disagreements, but their style of fighting is more toward conflict resolution.
“I grew up in the Midwest. I had steak and potatoes and casseroles and things like that.” When she arrived in New York for her modeling career, Crawford also discovered bagels. She immediately became a fan. At 21 years old, the supermodel realized carbs are not her best friend, even though she loves them.
The only significant dietary restriction Crawford has followed is avoiding pasta and bread, which she calls “white foods.” Whenever she had a photoshoot, she’d cut out rice, pasta, bread, and alcohol four days prior. Other than limiting her intake of white foods, the model doesn’t restrict her eating and doesn’t follow fad diets. She especially didn’t want her daughter working in the modeling industry to think women can’t enjoy food.
“My approach is 80% good, 80% of the time.”
One piece of advice she passed over from Dr. Sebagh, the doctor she does Meaningful Beauty with, is to pick a weight your body can maintain and stay there. Gaining and losing weight can stress the elasticity of the skin. By picking a weight bracket your body likes, you avoid damaging your skin and make your weight gaining or losing goals easier to achieve!