American model, actress, TV presenter. Crawford is known for her trademark mole just above her lip, and has adorned hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a spokesperson. In 1995, Forbes magazine named her the highest paid model on the planet.
Cynthia Ann Crawford was born in DeKalb, Illinois on February 20, 1966, the daughter of Jennifer Sue Crawford-Moluf (née Walker) and John Dan Crawford.She has two sisters, Chris and Danielle.She has stated that her family has been in the U.S. for generations and that her ancestry is mostly German, English, and French.
Cindy Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984. She was a fine student and class valedictorian at her high school graduation.
She enrolled in Chicago's Northwestern University to take a degree in chemical engineering, but her academic career proved short-lived when, during her freshman year, she left college to pursue a modeling career.
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 appears on the covers of British Vogue, French Vogue, and Cosmopolitan.
In 1987, Crawford appeared during the opening credits of the Michael J. Fox film "The Secret of My Success". Three years later (1990) she appeared in the video for George Michael's "Freedom 90" alongside other models Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell. Subsequently, Crawford played the lost love of Jon Bon Jovi in the video for his 1994 version of "Please Come Home For Christmas".
In 1988 travels to India on a shoot for British Vogue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.
From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV's House of Style. Crawford has also been on TV and in films. From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV's House of Style. In the early 1990s, Crawford starred in the 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 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 many lesser roles guest starring on TV and as supporting roles, often playing herself. For example, in 2000, she was one of the celebrities (along with Victoria Silvstedt, Anna Falchi and Megan Gale) playing themselves in the Italian comedy Bodyguards – Guardie del corpo. In the 1990s, Carol Shaw, her make-up artist, named a lipstick color after Crawford as a part of the Lorac Cosmetics lip-wear line.
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.
In 1992, Crawford—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.
Crawford quit full-time modeling in 2000, and now appears only occasionally in fashion magazines. She continues to provide celebrity endorsement for a variety of projects.
Crawford quit full-time modeling in 2000, and now appears only occasionally in fashion magazines. She continues to provide celebrity endorsement for a variety of projects. In 2005, Crawford created a line of beauty products with Jean-Louis Sebagh called "Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker".
In 2005, Crawford launched a new line of furniture under the "Cindy Crawford Home Collection" name. The collection is manufactured by HM Richards Inc. She assisted in the creation of the line by consulting on the features, colors, or styles that fit the needs of families or reflected her own tastes.
In 2009, Crawford was one of many celebrities to be photographed by Deborah Anderson for the coffee table book Room 23, produced by philanthropist Diana Jenkins. In addition to appearing in the book, Crawford was the cover model and wrote the dedication.
Crawford returned to modeling in May 2011, appearing on the cover of the May 2011 issue of Vogue Mexico.[
In 2014, Crawford lead a rally promoting environmental safety at Malibu schools. The Malibu Times states that several Malibu teachers came forward with health issues in 10/13, including three with thyroid cancer. Toxic soils were reportedly found at Malibu High in 2010, with the school district failing to inform parents about the problem.
Becoming, a book about Crawford's life and career, is scheduled to be published in September 2015.
Crawford is a Protestant, but in some articles and interviews earlier in life, she didn’t seem very dedicated to the church. One article described her as a “nonpracticing Protestant.” And in another article she described her views as unconventional:
I’m religious but in my own personal way. I always say that I have a Cindy Crawford religion – it’s my own.
But after she had her first child, the Cindy Crawford religion sounded a little more like Presbyterian. She told one magazine that she would raise her children Protestant while still exposing them to Judaism, her husband’s religion. And in 2007 she hosted a fundraiser event for the Malibu Presbyterian Church which was described as her “home church.”
So it seems like she’s fairly religious now, even if she wasn’t in the past.
Cindy Crawford support Barack Obama in 2008 and even donated a few thousand bucks to his campaign, but then appeared in a fundraising video for Mitt Romney during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011.
As a model, it seems she is automatically the focus of scrutiny by some feminists, and she’s received her share of criticism. But she doesn’t shy away from a response:
When I did ‘Playboy,’ I got letters from women who didn’t consider it feminist to do nude photographs. I thought the whole POINT of being a feminist was that you got to make your own choices.
She appeared in a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) anti-fur campaign and signed a statement with them that she would refuse to wear fur. And then she did, a few times, on the covers of magazines. That change of heart prompted PETA to call her a "morally bankrupt washed-up former model".
She hasn’t said anything about gay marriage, but she’s apparently a supporter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
And she tries to do her part to be eco-friendly by cutting down on the number of plastic bags she uses and eliminating plastic water bottles from her home.
"Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford."
Cindy Crawford has made childhood leukemia a focal point of her charity work, donating proceeds of her calendars to medical research. Crawford has been a long-time supporter of the pediatric oncology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Jeff was treated, stating that she believes he received the best care possible.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.
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
Sport & Clubs
Favorite city: Malibu
Favotite food: Cheese,chocolate, strawberry pie.
Music & Bands
Crawford was married to actor Richard Gere from 1991 to 1995. She married former model Rande Gerber on May 29, 1998. They have two children, son Presley Walker (born July 2, 1999)and daughter Kaia Gerber (born September 3, 2001)