For a long time, supermodels followed a formula: tall, underfed, bleached-blonde, with coffee-straw legs and a blank, mildly intimidating stare. Then along came Cindy Crawford, the world’s most unforgettable brown-eyed girl. In the nineties, you couldn’t escape her. Besides getting married to Richard Gere, she graced literally hundreds of magazine covers, taking her only flaw—that famous upper-lip mole—and turning it into her most recognizable signature. Crawford combined confidence with a sharp intellect—she’s a former high school valedictorian—and showed a savvy for making risky, but profitable career moves. In 1998, for example, she spurned the advice of her managers and Cindy Crawford nude for Playboy—a full 10 years after her first shoot with the magazine. And in 2011, at age 45, we’d still encourage a third act.
Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Crawford (born February 20, 1966) is an American model. 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.