Cindy Crawford on her film debut in ‘Fair Game’: ‘I should have said no’

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Cindy Crawford covered a recent issue of Red, not really to promote anything, just to model and talk about her life. She’s 54 years old and she’s been able to shepherd her daughter Kaia into a pretty successful modeling career. Cindy hasn’t had the same luck with her son Presley, who seems to give off Rebel Without A Beach House vibes. Still, I actually do think Cindy is probably an okay mom. She seems very involved with Presley and Kaia and their careers, and I don’t really get the feeling that she’s living vicariously through them. She knows she was the OG. Some highlights from her Red interview:

The secret to her marriage: ‘Friendship. With my husband, I feel even if we weren’t together, we’d be friends. Of course, you have to have sexual chemistry, but our relationship is based on friendship and mutual respect.’

Parenting skills: ‘Parenting is the hardest and most rewarding job. Rande and I made our kids feel included. If we had friends over for dinner, they sat with us and I think that’s served them well. They’ve always been comfortable being around older people and asking questions. What could I do better? Probably not offer help unless it’s asked for. You want to do everything for your kids, but when I stand back and they come to me for advice, they’re more likely to listen. When I offer it unsolicited, it just annoys them.’

Pressured into photoshoots: ‘I have done a lot of nudes and swimsuit shoots, but the ones you regret are the times you feel pressured in the moment. When I did Playboy with Herb Ritts, I felt totally comfortable. I could have killed the whole shoot if I wanted and that allowed me to do it in a way that felt safe. But there were times when I haven’t felt I had a voice. I did the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue early in my career and the woman overseeing it was very controlling. I remember getting to Thailand and she wanted me to wear a turban for the first shot. At the time, I thought, I am not sure the guys who read Sports Illustrated think that turbans are very sexy, and I voiced that, and she did not like it. I ended up only having one small picture in the magazine. I thought, “Wow, I’m being reprimanded for speaking my mind – I’m not really down with that.”‘

Her movie debut: ‘I did a movie called Fair Game. I never really wanted to be an actor, but a guy I met, who was a producer, begged me to be in it and kept upping the price until I thought, “I’m an idiot to say no.” But I should have said no, or prepared myself better. The valuable takeaway was that I’m very comfortable in front of the camera, but only when I’m being me. But that was a gift, because as a model, a lot of people send you scripts and I was tempted – I was dating an actor at the time – but I let all that go and I realised that as much as I love watching actors, I don’t think I am one.’

[From Red]

I like what she said about Fair Game because it gave me so much nostalgia for that era, when people expected models to transition into acting, and very few of those models were any good at it. In the 1980s and early 1990s, the models were the ones bringing all the glamour, while actresses just… were not, for the most part. Anyway, I remember how Cindy was mocked for Fair Game and I’m enjoying her insistence that the producer just kept offering more and more money. Something else to think about: after Cindy did her Herb Ritts photoshoot in Playboy, she booked a million jobs. That shoot made her incredibly famous, even more than anything else she had done at the time.

Cover courtesy of Red.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    Fair Game wasn’t that bad.

    Once you take it for what it was, it was the feel good comedy of the year with two super hot people.

  2. lanne says:

    The Herb Ritts playboy pictures show what magic can happen when models can collaborate with photographers and have some creative control. Those pictures (and I speak as a hetero cisgender woman) are GORGEOUS. What makes them so sexy is that they are fashion pictures, not just obvious male gaze eye candy.

    • Nev says:

      I have one shot framed in my bathroom. So amazingly gorgeous. The cover of her first issue is iconic to me too.

  3. BeanieBean says:

    Nothing new here, she’s told these stories before. Hohum.

  4. Bibi says:

    I saw it during school movie in college. Fair game was horrible. Couldnt keep my attention. But then again, i was pretty distracted by my new boyfriend (now husband) lol

  5. Leah says:

    She was also in the opening sequence of “The secret of my success” looking like baby Gia.

  6. jbyrdku says:

    Flashbacks to VHS! I remember my parent’s renting this (Hastings Video!) when I was a kid.

  7. ASHBY says:

    STUNNING, my mom considers her the most beautiful model ever and I can’t disagree based on many, many, many magazines my mom still has with Cindy’s pictures.

    A long time ago, my mom was finishing med school when she had to fly for a wedding of her cousin in L.A. siting next to Cindy on a plane in NYC.

    They had a great chat and my mom told me she was so gorgeous without any make-up at all that she could barely keep her eyes off of her.

    They were talking about modelling for a while, because my mom paid for her education by modelling herself.

    My mom was saying that she was very engaging and incredible polite to people around her.

    I just like that Cindy was not the skin and bones type of model and not manufactured and fake looking at all.

    I wish I would have her curves, I could use to gain at least 12 pounds.

  8. Annalise says:

    I think Cindy seems like a genuinely nice, fairly down to earth person, and for someone who’s been a celebrity as long as her that says a lot. She also seems like a hands-on decent parent. I feel it’s important to mention all that first, because I also think she has messed with her face too much. (EXCEPT for when it comes to certain people, like certain royals, I think if you’re going to say something not so nice, you should also say something nice) I mean, she’s not in Courtney Cox territory, but I can see that she’s had some major eye work and I think it’s made her look older. She used to have gorgeous almond shaped eyes, and I can tell she went and had all the fat sucked out around her eyes and I think it makes her older. Just my opinion.