Mogul, media personality, mother, former Playboy cover girl, and perhaps the ultimate supermodel Cindy Crawford recently provided an exclusive interview with DuJour. In the piece, written by Adrienne Gaffney and including photographs by the renowned Pamela Hanson, Crawford reflects on her kids and career, with focus on the “elephant in the room” when talking about modeling: age.
It’s hard to comprehend that Crawford turned 51 this past February, considering she has remained a mainstay both in fashion and pop culture since bursting onto the scene in the late ‘80s – and because she’s barely changed.
But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t struggled with the aging process. She said, “For me it was really hard; the idea of turning 50 was daunting. For so long I was the 20-year-old model on the cover of Vogue, or 25 or 30—and then all of a sudden my daughter is becoming that.” Crawford is talking about Kaia Gerber, who is 15 years old and taking over the runways in her own right. Gerber recently landed major fragrance and beauty campaigns with designer Marc Jacobs, a big coup for any aspiring model.
In the article, Crawford shares her opinions on her children modeling, stating, “It’s certainly not something I encouraged, nor did I discourage it. I think what I’m realizing, especially now that they’re graduating from high school, is a lot of kids end up doing what their parents do. The fact they were interested in fashion shouldn’t be totally surprising. And because they’re my kids, they have an easy point of entry.” Crawford appears to suggest she may predict more longevity in the field for Kaia, explaining, “For my son, I think he’s more in it for the travel—for guys it’s different, it’s a nice finishing school for him. For my daughter, she’s seen what an amazing career I’ve had, and how hard I work and how seriously I take it. But she’s only 15, so we’ll see what happens.”
Despite her seeming apprehension towards aging, Crawford is not trying to freeze time. Rather, she appears understandably content with where she is now, stating, “My mother was here for Mother’s Day, and I was talking to her about how I change the narrative for who I am at this age. I don’t want to spend my fifties trying to get back to where I was in my thirties. Even though, yes, maybe I would like my skin or my waistline to be the same, I’ve worked hard and evolved into this person.”
That doesn’t mean Crawford has forgotten the past. In fact, quite the opposite as the model frequently shares flashbacks from various points in her career. In the article, Crawford also discusses her path to success, and impetus to make business decisions by taking matters into her own hands. Moving from the runway to landing campaigns, to venturing and taking risks came over time. Crawford explains, “For so long I kept thinking, I just want a business daddy—I kept looking for that person who was going to tell me, ‘You should do this,’ and, ‘You should do that. And then I realized I have to be my own business daddy, because no one knows my brand better than I do. When I started trusting that, I think it just got easier.”
She also likes a good throwback. Every Monday, she reminisces on her time spent at MTV, coining the hash tag #MTVMondays and providing flashback clips like this one, where she and Dennis Rodman strip down and show some All-American spirit.
Or this, a montage of behind-the-scenes swim shots.
Coming full circle, Crawford has found a way to make her iconic moments new again, by introduciing memories familiar to her orignial fanbase to a totally different set of eyes.