Penthouse Retrospective

by Karen Moline Originally Published: February, 1993

Cindy Crawford

A woman will say what’s wrong about someone else, and a man will say what’s right.

It seems as if women are not allowed to age in this society.

I’m still a top model. Paulina is 27. Cheryl Tiegs is 45 and still modeling. So is Lauren Hutton [who’s 49). Those are positive changes.

What about plastic surgery?

I used to be totally against it, but my mom got a tummy tuck, and it totally changed her image for the better. She had a lot of stretch marks from having babies, and now she feels good in a swimsuit. It is bad, though, for a 16-year-old girl to have her breasts done. Give them a chance! Mine grew a lot when I was in my twenties. And if you get a face-lift when you’re 30, what are you going to do when you’re 50?

How do you stay so slender?

I’m lucky because my body maintains this weight pretty easily. I watch what I eat and drink bottles of water every day to flush out the toxins. It’s hard for me to be more skinny, but I don’t gain weight very easily. I don’t eat meat or dairy – you might as well just sit right down on your butt, because that’s where it goes!

You also work out with Radu, one of Manhattan’s more famous personal trainers.

Yes, I do. When I work with Radu for two weeks, I can see the change in my body immediately. If I’m in New York and my schedule permits, I go every day, because there are so many times when I can’t go for weeks. I also have a trainer in Los Angeles who trained with Radu, so that’s good. But if I’m on location and I can’t work out, I’m not going to feel guilty about it.

What about workouts of a more spiritual nature – what you call your “Cindy Crawford religion”? Are you a follower of Buddhism, as is your husband?

No. I didn’t even know what Buddhism was before Richard. When we started becoming friends, he gave me some books, just so I could have a vocabulary so I wouldn’t feel left out of discussions. I’ve been to India with him so I could learn more, and I’m pretty observant and ask a lot of questions, so I picked up a lot. It’s funny now – people ask questions and I actually know the answers. I’m amazed! But I don’t totally identify with Buddhism. I was raised Protestant but to me, religion is totally personal. There should be as many religions as there are people. Every time I read a book about different beliefs, I take whatever works.

No doubt your spiritual beliefs will help you progress from such a successful career to whatever comes next. You’re already the host of MTV’s “House of Style,” a popular bimonthly fashion program, you’ve made an exercise video, and you’re continuing to develop other ideas for television. Is the end of your modeling career in sight?

It’s not only that we get too old for modeling, but you want to do something you have control of. When I get hired for a regular job, I just show up, they tell me what to do, and I have no voice. That’s why I like working for Revlon, where I’m much more involved conceptually, or for MTV, where I have a lot of input.

What led you to sign your multimillion-dollar Revlon contract?

You have no security as a model, and a contract is as close as you’ll get to knowing there’s an income coming in. And there’s only four or five cosmetic companies out there, so it’s very prestigious. I’m making choices to do several projects now – like my exercise video, work on television – because I want to plan for my future. When my contract with Revlon is up, I’ll be 30 and will hopefully have a family.

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