Cindy Crawford

March 4, 2006 • Magazine

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Sat, 2006-03-04 22:00

Ann John

Blame it on genes. Blame it on luck. But it seems almost unfair that one of the most commercially successful supermodels of the 90’s still looks every bit as stunning today. Cindy Crawford, who helped launch the cult of the American supermodel alongside others such as Naomi and Linda, easily recognizable by their first names alone, has graced hundreds of magazine covers and appeared in countless photo shoots since being discovered at the age of 16. An Illinois native, she was plucked from her summer job detasseling corn in 1982 by a newspaper photographer, whose picture of her generated enough publicity to convince her to pursue a modeling career. After two summers of modeling in Chicago, the woman with both beauty and brains left Northwestern University where she was studying chemical engineering, and moved to New York to become a full-time model. With her trademark mole, Cindy quickly established herself, appearing in a number of runway shows and fashion spreads. She became the first supermodel to pose nude in Playboy, a spread that caught the attention of MTV executives and landed her a six year gig as the host of the channel’s “House of Style”. By 1995, she was hailed as the highest earning model by Forbes Magazine. Cindy has branched out into numerous other fields, from acting to multi-million dollar advertising contracts to her own entrepreneurial ventures. Though we can’t expect to see Cindy strutting down the catwalks in New York or Paris, her success channeling her celebrity into these other fields still makes her a bona fide household name even today.

A devoted mother of two with long-time husband Randy Gerber as well an active philanthropist involved in many charitable causes, Cindy’s style too has elegantly matured since her modeling days. From the over the top 80’s to the minimalist 90s to today, Cindy’s fashion sense has changed over time but has always managed to be cool, sophisticated, and glamorous. With a healthy, toned body, her outfits typically emphasize her enviable frame. Her American good lucks are complimented by a classic style that doesn’t veer toward excess or extreme risks. There have been a few missteps, unusual instances where she over does it or picks out a bizarre get-up, but she has been able to carry even these faux pas with characteristic poise and charm. She generated plenty of buzz most recently at a launch party for new hair care products by Steven Kroll. In a shimmery, asymmetrical knee length purple dress, she looked every bit the stylish supermodel, possessing a youthful beauty that belied her age. For this celebrity mainstay, who at 38 has been in the business for over twenty years, we can only wait to see what she’s going to do next.

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