Cynthia Ann Crawford was born
February 20, 1966, in De Kalb, Illinois. She was discovered by chance
by a newspaper photographer, who noticed then 16-year old Cindy at work
during her summer job of detasselling corn and took her a picture of
her. The photo and the positive feedback surrounding Cindy's photogenic
talents were enough to convince her to quit her day job and take up
Thanks to two summers of modelling, represented by Elite Model
Management in Chicago, the All-American beauty proved to also have
brains -- she traded in the glamorous life a model (at least
temporarily) to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University,
During the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy was among the most popular
supermodels, a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, runways, and in
fashion campaigns. In July, 1988, she became the first modern
supermodel to pose nude for Playboy magazine, in a shoot by
photographer Herb Ritts. In October, 1998 Crawford returned to the
pages of Playboy for a second, more revealing nude pictorial. That
issue was one of the magazine's all-time biggest sellers.
From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV's House of Style.
In the mid-1990s Crawford starred in famous Pepsi and Pepsi Stuff
advertising. In 1995 Crawford took her first movie role in Fair Game.
Her performance was panned by critics, and the film was a financial
failure, with expenses of $50 million and $11 million takings at the
box office. She has had several other minor acting jobs since then,
none of which have been commercially or critically successful. The
closest she has come to a commercially successful acting job has been
her series of exercise videos.
She has been featured on the cover of many magazines,
including Vogue, W, People, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and
Allure. Cindy also appeared in many fashion campaigns during her
career, including those for Gianni Versace, Escada, Revlon, Ink. She
has also worked for Omega, Maybelline, and Clairol. Of her, famous
designer Karl Lagerfeld
has said: "She is a classical beauty and the all-American dream girl."
She was nicknamed "Baby Gia" when she entered the modeling industry
because of her resemblance to the late supermodel, Gia Carangi.
In 2005, Cindy created a beauty product with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh called Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker.
Anne Klein II, Bally,
Capezio Bags, Cindy Crawford fragrance, Citroen, Dormeuil, EAS
AdvantEdge, El Corte Ingles, Ellen Tracy, Enrico Coveri, Escada, Foster
Grant, Gap, Gianni Versace Couture, Grosvenor Furs, H, Halston, Herve
Leger, Isaac Mizrahi, JH Collectables, Josie, Kathleen Madden, Keds
shoes, Laura Biagiotti, Levante, L'Oreal, MCM, Moulinex, North Beach
Leather, Omega watches, Pepsi, Pizza Hut Cheezy Crust Pizza, Revlon,
Revlon 'Fire & Ice', Sportmax, Swish Jeans, Umberto Ginocchietti,
Valentino, Versace, Weight Watchers, Windsmoor
(Multiple editions in
multiple countries, in total more than 400) Vogue, Cosmpolitan, Elle,
Glamour, People, Playboy, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, W, Self, Marie
Claire, Allure, Women, Flare, Moda, FHM, Sky Magazine, Loaded, Red,
Versace, Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, John Bartlett, Todd Oldham, Roberto Cavalli, Esteban Cortazar