Model Cindy Crawford was born on this day in 1966
Supermodel Cindy Crawford turns 55
Model Cindy Crawford was born on February 20, 1966, in DeKalb, Illinois. She was class valedictorian at her high school graduation but left college to pursue modeling. She won a “Look of the Year” contest in 1982 and soon after appeared on the cover of Vogue. The widespread appeal of Cindy Crawford lay in looks that appealed to both men and women. Her all-American looks and trademark facial mole stopped her short of seeming an unattainable ideal of perfect beauty. Crawford stepped off the remote pedestal of a celebrity mannequin or a glamorous cover girl when she began to assert her personality before the public. She gave interviews in which she discussed her middle-class childhood, her parents’ divorce, and the trauma of her brother’s death from leukemia. These confessions humanized her image and made her approachable, and she went on to host MTV’s House of Style, a talk show that stressed fashion and allowed her to conduct interviews that connected with a younger market. In 1992 Crawford would star in an iconic Pepsi Super Bowl ad that would further submit her supermodel status. Meanwhile, her already high profile increased with her brief 1991 marriage to actor Richard Gere. The couple was hounded by rumors of homosexuality, fuelled after Crawford appeared on a controversial Vanity Fair cover with the openly lesbian singer k.d. lang. In 1998, Crawford wed entrepreneur and nightclub impresario Rande Gerber. They have two children, Presley and Kaia. In September of 2017, Crawford, along with models Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni, closed the Versace spring/summer 2018 fashion show, which was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace.
Originally published by Ken Warren, 2017
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