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Cynthia Ann "Cindy"
Crawford (born 1966) is a former American model. Known for her trademark
mole just above her lip, Crawford has adorned hundreds of magazine
covers throughout her career. She was named #3 on VH1's 40 Hottest
Hotties of the 90s. Her success at modeling made her a celebrity that
has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a spokesperson.
Birth name Cynthia Ann Crawford
Date of birth February 20, 1966
(1966-02-20) (age 44)
Place of birth DeKalb, Illinois,
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Measurements 34c"-26"-35" (86-66-89
Weight 130 lbs (59 kg) [citation
Dress size 8 (US), 38 (EU), 12 (UK)
Shoe size 10 (US) 
Spouse(s) Richard Gere (1991–1995)
Rande Gerber (1998–present)
Crawford was born in DeKalb,
Illinois, the daughter of Jennifer Sue Crawford-Moluf (née Walker) and John
Crawford (not to be confused with actor and former Mouseketeer Johnny Crawford,
of The Rifleman fame). She was discovered at the age of 16 by a newspaper
photographer. He noticed Cindy at work during her summer job of detasseling corn
and took a picture of her. The photo and positive feedback she received were
enough to convince her to take up modeling. She entered the Elite Model
Management's Look of the Year contest at 17 and was the runner-up. The Elite
modeling agency in Chicago then started representing her.
Crawford graduated from DeKalb High
School in 1984, as valedictorian. She won an academic scholarship to study
chemical engineering at Northwestern University, which she attended for only one
quarter. She dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career. After
working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, Cindy moved to Manhattan
in 1986; she was signed with the Elite New York modeling agency.
In 1987, she briefly appeared
during the opening credits of the Michael J. Fox film The Secret of My Succe$s.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy
Crawford was among the most popular supermodels, and a ubiquitous presence on
magazine covers, runways, and in fashion campaigns. She was repeatedly and
frequently featured on the cover of many magazines, including: Vogue, W, People,
Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. A partial count in 1998
totalled over 400 appearances. Crawford also appeared in many fashion
campaigns during her career, including those for Gianni Versace, Escada, Revlon,
Ink. She has also worked for Omega, Maybelline, and Clairol.
In 1990, Cindy appeared in the
video for George Michael's "Freedom '90" alongside other models like Christy
Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell. She also
played the lost love of Jon Bon Jovi in the video for his 1994 version of
"Please Come Home For Christmas."
In 1992, Cindy - through GoodTimes
Home Video and her company Craw Daddy Productions - made an exercise video with
Radu Teodorescu named Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body; although criticised by
some for being unsafe, it was hugely successful and led to two equally lucrative
followups, Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge in 1993 (again with Radu) and
Cindy Crawford: A New Dimension in 2000 (the latter, made with fitness expert
Kathy Kaehler and produced not long after Cindy gave birth to her first child,
was aimed at new mothers getting back into shape). In 2001 Cindy also made a
shorter fitness video aimed at children, Mini-Muscles with Cindy Crawford and
the Fit-wits, an animated production featuring the voices of Cindy (who also
appears at the beginning in live action), Radu and Kobe Bryant.
The inaugural issue of George, a
short lived political magazine in the 1990s, featured Crawford dressed like
George Washington on the cover. In 2005, The American Society of Magazine
Editors listed it as the 22nd best magazine cover of the last 40 years.
Crawford is 5 feet 9 inches
tall, with brown hair and eyes. Her measurements are 34"-26"-35".[citation
needed] Crawford's trademark is a mole (or "beauty mark") above her upper lip.
She is so closely associated with this physical feature that she appeared in an
advertising campaign for chocolates featuring commercials wherein she "licked
off" her own mole. During the beginning of her career, the mole was removed from
many of her earlier modeling pictures, including her first Vogue cover. Her
resemblance early in her career to model Gia Carangi led her to being known as
Crawford has also been on TV and in
films. From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV's House of Style. In the
mid-1990s Crawford starred in famous Pepsi and Pepsi Stuff advertising. In 1995
Crawford broke into movies as the female lead in the movie Fair Game. Her
performance was panned by critics-- Leonard Maltin commented "In her acting
debut, supermodel Crawford makes a good jogger." The film was also a
financial failure, with expenses of $50 million and $11 million takings at the
box office. In 2000 she was one of a number of celebrities (along with Victoria
Silvstedt, Anna Falchi and Megan Gale) playing themselves in the Italian comedy
Bodyguards - Guardie del corpo. In 2001, she costarred as part of an ensemble
cast in The Simian Line. Again the film was not successful or critically
acclaimed, but Crawford's acting was not criticized. She has had several other
minor acting jobs over the years.
In July 1988, she posed nude for
Playboy magazine in a shoot by photographer Herb Ritts. In October 1998,
Crawford returned to the pages of Playboy for a second nude pictorial, again
taken by Ritts.
Crawford has consistently ranked
highly on lists of the world's sexiest people. She was ranked number 5 on
Playboy's list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th century. A 1997 Shape
magazine survey of 4,000 picked her as the second (after Demi Moore) most
beautiful woman in the world. In 2002, Crawford was named one of the 50 Most
Beautiful People by People magazine. Even in her forties she claimed #26 in the
2006 Hot 100 issue of Maxim magazine.
Fashion designer Michael Kors
summed up her impact:
“ Cindy changed the perception of
the ‘sexy American girl’ from classic blue eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette
with brains, charm, and professionalism to spare. ”
Crawford quit modeling in 2000. She
continues to provide celebrity endorsement for a variety of projects. In 2005,
Crawford created a line of beauty products with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh called
Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker. Crawford has admitted to regularly receiving
certain cosmetic procedures, including Botox and vitamin injections. She first
saw a plastic surgeon at the age of 29.
In 2005, Crawford launched a new
line of furniture under the "Cindy Crawford Home Collection" name. This
collection is manufactured by HM Richards Inc., and is sold through many
retailers including Art Van Furniture and Rooms To Go. She assisted in the
creation of the line by directing the designers to include certain features,
colors, or styles that fit the needs of families or reflected her own
tastes. She also has a furniture line with Raymour & Flanigan and launched
another home goods line with J. C. Penney in late 2009.
Crawford was married to actor
Richard Gere between 1991 and 1995; although they had no children, she cited him
as one of the more influential people in her life (after her parents). She has
been married to Rande Gerber since May 29, 1998, with whom she has two children,
Presley Walker (born July 2, 1999) and Kaia Jordan (born September 3, 2001). She
currently resides in Malibu, California.
When Crawford was 10 years old, her
younger brother Jeff - whom she continues to praise as "the fourth most
influential person in my life" - died of leukemia. Since becoming a model,
Crawford has made childhood leukemia a focal point of her charity work, donating
proceeds of her calendars to medical research. She is also an honorary board
member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
In 2007, she became an official
supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their
celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC. Crawford is on the Honorary
Committee of the California Wildlife Center.
She is a supporter of PFLAG.
Fair Game (1995) ... as Kate
54 (1998) ...as VIP Patron
Beautopia (1998) ...a critical
documentary looking at the world of modeling
Bodyguards (2000) ...as herself
The Simian Line (2001) ...as Sandra
Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body
Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge
Cindy Crawford: A New Dimension
MTV's House of Style (1989–1995)
Muppets Tonight!: Episode 5 (1996)
as herself as special guest star
Frasier: "Halloween" (1997) as
Dorothy (voice only)
3rd Rock From The Sun: "36! 24! 36!
Dick!" (1998) as Masha, one of the invading Venusians. The episode aired after
the Super Bowl.
Sesame Street: Elmopalooza (1998)
The Secret World of... Supermodels
Sex with Cindy Crawford (1998) ...a
one hour TV special about sex in the United States hosted by Crawford
Intimate Portrait: Cindy Crawford
According to Jim: "Cars & Chicks"
(2002) as Gretchen, manager of a car dealership
Wizards of Waverly Place: "Fashion
Week" (2009) as model Bibi Rockford
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5.^ "Television; `Sex With Cindy';
TV special explores the sexual state of the union", by Harvey Solomon, Boston
Herald, Sept. 22, 1998, p.56
6.^ "ASME's Top 40 Magazine Covers
of the Last 40 Years", American Society of Magazine Editors, October 17, 2005
7.^ "Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie
Guide", by Leonard Maltin, p. 433
8.^ "Cindy Crawford", Playboy.com,
retrieved on March 28, 2009.
9.^ Rush, George et. al. "IT BARES
REPEATING: CINDY IS NUDE AGAIN!", Daily News (online), August 27, 1998.
10.^ Cindy Crawford of 2006 Hot 100
11.^ "George Clooney steps in to
defend Cindy Crawford's husband against sexual harassment claims", by Sara
Nelson, mailonline.com (Daily Mail), May 5, 2009
12.^ Simpson, Richard. "Cindy
Crawford: 'My 11 years of cosmetic surgery'". Daily Mail, 24 August 2006.
Accessed 14 May 2009.
13.^ Johnson, Morieka V. "Q&A /
CINDY CRAWFORD: Furniture line has 'a lot of me in it'". The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, May 15, 2008.
14.^ Sivaraman, Aarthi. "J.C.
Penney to Launch Cindy Crawford Home Goods Line". Reuters, April 3, 2009.
Accessed 14 May 2009.
15.^ Smith, Nicole. "Crawford
raises questions, awareness for leukemia society". DMNews, October 25, 2006.
Accessed 14 May 2009.
16.^ MMRF Honorary Board, Multiple
Myeloma Research Foundation. Accessed 14 May 2009.
17.^ "Celebrity Friends of RMHC".
McDonald's Corporation. http://www.rmhc.com/celebrity-friends/.
18.^ "California Wildlife Center to
host 'party of the decade'". The Malibu Times, July 30, 2008. Accessed 14 May
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