Cindy Crawford Talks Turning 50 in Her Stunning Malibu Home
Ever wonder where supermodel Cindy Crawford gets her beauty sleep? For its latest issue, on newsstands October 2, Porter magazine took a visit to the icon’s stunning beachside Malibu home to talk about turning 50, the joys of motherhood, and the trials of running a multimillion-dollar beauty and home brand. She also spills details about her upcoming book, Becoming, and shares why she chose not to discuss her marriage to Richard Gere in the photographic memoir.
Today, the magazine is giving us an exclusive sneak preview of the issue, complete with envy-inducing peeks into her elegant home and inspiring soundbites from the successful career woman and mother. Read on for a few of the interview highlights.
On wanting to succeed:
“I don’t know why, maybe I am a bit of a narcissist. I always wanted something bigger. I wanted to be successful. I wanted my world to be bigger.”
On her daughter Kaia’s modelling career:
“Kaia’s first job was shot by Mert and Marcus. I mean, I would take that job. I help her figure out which opportunities make sense for her. And she understands that opportunities often come with a cost. When she worked that first time, she had to miss a birthday party. And when you’re 10 or 11 or 12, that’s a big deal.”
On Kaia being her social media adviser:
“I’ve learned so much from her about Instagram; it’s incredible. She’s taught me so much.”
On modeling being a family business:
“I mean here in Malibu, modelling is a family business. Gigi Hadid went to the same high school as my children. I worked with her mom, who was a model, and so was her dad. It wasn’t what it was like for me when I was a kid in my Earth shoes and cowl neck sweater.”
On not wanting to talk about her marriage to Richard Gere:
“I didn’t share a lot about that time in my life. When I was writing the book, I didn’t want it to be a tell-all or an autobiography. It was important to me to share only stories that had a message or a lesson that had a universal appeal. … Look, I learned a lot from Richard. I learned about how to be famous. Again, that’s not a universal lesson. And a lot of the personal things, everything else I learned from that, were for me. It’s not something I want to share. If I felt that there was a great good that could come of it, I might have shared more, but I didn’t think that there was anything for other people to learn or benefit from. And I wanted to be respectful.”
On living healthily but also enjoying life:
“I like to say that I’m 80 percent good, 80 percent of the time. But if my husband saw me order a salad with no dressing, he would think, ‘That’s not sexy to me.’ He wants to see me enjoying life.”
On the pressures of looking beautiful as she gets older:
“There’s no age now when you can let it all go. Not even at 80! Look at Jane Fonda. She’s in her seventies and she still looks amazing. Sometimes I wonder, ‘When can I just relax? Oh no, I have to do this for another 20 years.’”
On being at peace with her looks at 45:
“In my thirties and even early forties, I could kind of still fake it. But then I started to worry that I was disappointing people, that I wasn’t delivering the ‘Cindy Crawford’ that they expected. But I’m past that now. I can’t even smoke-and-mirrors the Cindy from my twenties anymore. And that’s okay. What I have to offer now is different, that’s all. It’s not worse, even though the world may not always agree with you about that. And I’m pretty at peace with it.”
See the full interview in the winter issue of Porter, which hits newsstands Friday. You can also buy it as a digital edition.
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