Cindy Crawford: Brains. Beauty. The original supermodel. Now an instantly recognizable household name (with an equally iconic mole just to the right of her smile), Cindy was discovered as a model at age 16 while she was working at her summer job, shucking corn on the cob.
She’s come a long way since then. During the 80s and 90s, Cindy was everywhere—hundreds of magazine covers, including Playboy, in Pepsi commercials, in music videos, in movies like Fair Game, and at the top of “sexiest people” lists everywhere.
Not that the transition to superstardom was an easy one to make. “Coming from such a sheltered small town, going to the big city and being around all that craziness of the 80s, it was easier for me to put my nose in a book and just kind of block it all out,” she told Michigan Avenue magazine. “I didn’t quite know how to navigate it, so I just chose not to. I would tell my young[er] self … to just let loose a little bit more and have fun.”
And then there’s that mole. … “I would get teased by the other kids in school, so I definitely wanted to get it removed. But my mother always said, ‘You know what your mole looks like, you don’t know what the scar is going to look like,” she told Into the Gloss. “It’s the thing that made people remember me, and it made a lot of women who also have beauty marks identify with me. They set you apart. Honestly though, if I was designing my face from scratch, I don’t know if I would have designed it with the mole,” she said.
Cindy was married to Richard Gere for four years in the 90s and has been married to Rande Gerber, a former model himself, since 1998. They have two children.
Cindy stopped modeling full time in 2000 and has since focused on creating beauty, clothing, and home-accessories lines as well as advocating for various philanthropic causes, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, childhood leukemia research, and environmental health.