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When we think of iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford, sympathy is not the word that comes to mind.
But according to a new interview with Net-a-Porter, Crawford, 47, says that after three decades in the spotlight, she still struggles her body image. “I’m a normal woman, sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I’m like, oh my God, nothing fits,” she said. “My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body. Because for me, being five pounds lighter, what it would cost me…I don’t want to be like, 'oh no, no salad dressing, no wine, no fun.'"
Crawford, one of the original supermodels, rose to fame in the 1990s (a.k.a. the time when models actually smiled) alongside peers Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista. Unlike the doe-eyed tweens who rule modern-day runways, Crawford was older and wiser, landing most of her gigs—that famous Pepsi ad, her spunky “House of Style” VJ gig, George Michael’s “Freedom 90” music video—in her early to mid-20s. She’s managed to keep her career drama-free, save for a controversial 4-year marriage to the much older Richard Gere in 1991, and is a favorite of designers such as Chanel, Escada, and Versace. In 2002, more than a decade after her Pepsi ad ran, she recreated the spot for Diet Pepsi, just to show how similar she looked, a whole decade later. And without her famous beauty mark, we wouldn’t now have Lara Stone’s gap-toothed pout or Tyra Bank’s forehead, or any other so-called “flaws” that became supermodel calling cards. Even after she quit modeling, Crawford continued to stay relevant long after her peers by launching a beauty company called “Meaningful Beauty” with Gunthy-Renker and a furniture line, “Cindy Crawford Home Collection.” Oh yeah, and she has a hot, rich husband named Rande Gerber and two gorgeous children.
You would think losing a few measly pounds would be the last thing on Crawford’s mind. After all, her rise to fame was pre-heroin chic, when models were encouraged to look vibrant and healthy; wouldn’t that mindset have been locked in at an early age? And while the fashion industry is making strides—H&M’s CEO recently vowed to use curvier models in his campaigns, and plus-size models such as Jennie Runk have skyrocketed to fame—spending three decades in the cut-throat modeling industry appears to have taken a toll on Crawford’s self-image (she has no weight to lose) and self-esteem.
When a former valedictorian who won an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering-turned-supermodel-turned-working mom is worried about those last pesky five pounds, well, that's just depressing. If all women can hope for is to finally be at peace with their bodies on their 50th birthdays, we don’t have much to look forward to.
For supermodels and real women, let's hope it gets better.