Just as timeless as she is glamorous, Cindy is officially over 50! In honor of the catwalk queen's big day, join us in celebrating some of her best looks and candid words of wisdom.
"I don't think makeup is rocket science or a cure for cancer."
"Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford!"
"The thing I like about my body is that it's strong. I can move furniture around my apartment. I can ride my horse ... I can play basketball. It's a well-functioning machine."
"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."
"I always credit [photographer Richard] Avedon with teaching me how to do a cover. He insisted how important it was that I, as the model, always have an idea in my head when I looked into the camera. He'd tell me to have a thought, even if the thought was simply 'Buy me. I'm $3' [the price of Vogue at the time]."
"The pendulum always swings back and forth, from Marilyn Monroe to Twiggy, from supermodels to heroin chic."
"Not every day is going to be perfect. God, no. But for me, balance can be the goal. ... One day might be very kid-centric or work-centric, but if you look at it over the course of the week—that's where you look for balance. It's unrealistic to think that it can be every day."
"But when do we just be happy where we are?"
"Modeling's what I do—it's not who I am. So my whole world and identity was not caught up in being seen at the right parties and wearing the right designers."
"Life goes by quickly, and I've learned that decisions made from a place of confidence—rather than one of fear—are the ones that get me to the place I want to be."
"I decided I love communicating, because I do that in all different aspects of my work, in being a mother and a wife. So I think that is my passion: communicating with other people. My ideas, my sense of style, it's all about that."
"It's not like your soul gets older. It gets wiser, but it doesn't get older."
"It's very easy in your twenties, when your skin and hair are beautiful, to say that beauty is on the inside. But when you start seeing the signs of aging, you really have to put your money where your mouth is and be kind to yourself, just like you would be to a girlfriend."
"What people see on magazine covers is one moment that was perfect—the wind, the light, the hair, the makeup. That's a two-hour process."
"I don't have to try to be perfect at everything."
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