Thursday November 12, 2015

Cindy Crawford: "I want to wake up looking like Cindy Crawford"

As Cindy Crawford approaches 50, she reflects on modelling, image-making and loving yourself throughout the ages.

As Cindy Crawford approaches 50, she reflects on modelling, image-making and loving yourself throughout the ages. (Peter Lindbergh)

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Cindy Crawford has one of the most recognizable faces in the world. As one of the first supermodels, the farm girl turned fashion icon rose to unprecedented heights.

Now, as she approaches her 50th birthday, Crawford has released Becoming — a collection of images and stories about her colourful career, her iconic mole, and that famous Vanity Fair cover with Canada's k.d. lang.

Crawford joins guest host Rachel Giese to explain why she feels more confident than ever and why she tells young people to re-think the thing that makes you self-conscious. "That could be your trademark."

WEB EXTRA | See some images from Crawford's new book, and read some of her thoughts on aging, below. 

Cindy Crawford

"I don't need to keep trying to be a model. Now it's like: what's next?" BECOMING, by Cindy Crawford (Peter Lindbergh/Rizzoli New York)

 Sometimes I forget that the images I am used to seeing of myself aren't real, that they are all part of the illusion of being Cindy Crawford. And then I will catch a glimpse of the real, un-retouched Cindy or see an unflattering paparazzi shot, and it's a shocker.

I wish I could say it is easy for me to be getting older. After all, I have had a lot of fun in this body. I always tease my daughter--who, everyone agrees, is a mini-me — and say, "You have my old hair--I want it back!" She just giggles and says, "It's my turn now." And she's right.

Men might mourn the loss of strength and stamina, while women tend to be more concerned about what they see in the mirror. Gray hair, fine lines, and the realization that none of us can defy those pesky laws of gravity. Having been a model now for over thirty years and dependent on my looks for my work, seeing those changes might even be a little harder for me. At times the pressure to live up to the fashion industry's expectations feels overwhelming. ​

The most meaningful way I've found to cope with these inevitable changes is to live in the present moment, continue to evolve, and to feel enormous gratitude for all that I do have: a happy marriage, a relationship with my kids that fills me with pride, and work that continues to inspire me.

© BECOMING, by Cindy Crawford, Rizzoli New York, 2015.

 

Cindy Crawford

"Sometimes I forget that the images I am used to seeing of myself aren't real, that they are all part of the illusion of being Cindy Crawford." (Herb Ritts)

Cindy Crawford

"At times the pressure to live up to the fashion industry's expectations feels overwhelming." (Helmut Newton)

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford smiles in a childhood photo. (Courtesy of Cindy Crawford)