Thursday 24 May 2018

Reluctant Supermodel

Stephanie Hirschmiller

With her first Vogue cover at 21, Cindy Crawford's career trajectory was a meteoric one but, as she told Derek Blasberg in V Magazine's Winter issue , the 'supermodel' moniker proved a little hard to swallow at first.

"At first I found it silly. Do we change into capes and tights in phone booths?" However, she soon got into the swing of things and cites her 'supermodel moment' as "that Versace show when Naomi, Linda, Christy, and I all came out together... skipping and holding hands. It felt like the stars had aligned."

But while she may have covered Playboy in 1998, as lensed by legendary photographer Herb Ritts, it doesn't stop her from rolling up her sleeves and making pizza in the kitchen with her children just like the rest of us. Except not quite.

We mere mortals are unlikely to have 1D's Harry Styles popping by to lend a hand: "He stopped by to say hi when my kids and I were making pizzas," she told Blasberg.

"My kids were doing their own little pizzas and they couldn't slide them off the pan. Harry goes, 'Well, did you put down enough flour so they wouldn't stick?' And my husband says, 'How in the world do you know that?' and my little girl chimes in, 'Oh, he used to work for a bakery, Dad. Everyone knows that.'"

Little girl in question is, of course Kaia Gerber who was shot last year by fashion photographer duo, Mert and Marcus for Versace's childrenswear campaign. However, according to Crawford, Kaia wasn't overly enamoured with the process: "We had to wait in the trailer for three hours because they shot Gisele first. At the end she thought ' This is boring .' And I said, ' This is work .' It was a good lesson."

She was a runway regular
She was a runway regular
Crawford covered US Vogue in January 1992
Shes one of the worlds most beautiful women for a reason
In the early 1990s, she was the ultimate Pepsi Girl in her sultry commercials for the brand
Cindy covered Vogue Australia in 1990
Crawford with her fellow supermodels of the era at the Versace fashion show in 1991 (left to right) Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington
Cindy was one of the most in demand supermodels in the world for two decades
Crawford is often praised for her healthy figure
In 1989, she was the face of Rolex watches
Posing on the red carpet in that Versace red dress with then partner Richard Gere
One of Cindys first Vogue covers - in February 1988
Its hard to pick her best Vogue cover
Crawford has been modelling since she was a teenager
Crawford and husband Rande Gerber
The couple have two children together Kaya and Presley (not pictured)

For her own part, Crawford is adamant that her modelling skills have improved with age: "I'm a better model at 47 than I was when I was 22," those she does admit ruefully, "I wish I still had the body I had at 22! Ah, youth is wasted on the young."

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