Ik las tussen al het eten&drinken en vuurwerk 😉 alles over, naar mijn mening, één van de mooiste vrouwen ter wereld. New Beauty had een paar hele leuke interviews met Cindy, die ik even op een rijtje heb gezet – beauty tips, antiaging en ouder worden; dus heerlijk lezen en kijken (video) maar:
For former supermodel Cindy Crawford, she’s come to terms with the fact that she’s 50 —and all that comes along with it—and that she’ll never look like she’s 20, again. And she’s totally fine with it. ‘No matter what I do, I’m not going to look 20, or 30. I just want to look great for 50. I exercise, eat healthy and take good care of my skin. There’s pressure on women to do the undoable, which is not age. But it’s about looking great for however old you are, regardless of what that number is’. When it comes to changes in her face, she says that while it has become much thinner, her skin texture has also changed. ‘Everyone thinks about your face and the actual texture of the skin. But Dr. Sebagh (Crawford’s anti-aging skin guru) always talks about how skin ages in three different ways, and the first one I saw was a change in volume,’ she says. ‘I have a very round face, and over the years, it’s like all of a sudden, I’ve got serious cheekbones that can make my face look severe if I’m not careful. My face doesn’t have a lot of lines yet because I really take care of my skin. In some ways, I have more confidence about my skin at 50 than I did in my 20s.’
Living your life in the spotlight, unfortunately comes along with the unwarranted criticism about growing older. While some of us can’t accept the aging process, Crawford knows exactly where she stands. ‘I don’t need everyone on Instagram pointing out that I don’t look the same way I did when I was 20. I know that. Sometimes when you’re in the public eye, it can be hard, and that’s where you kind of have to work on yourself.’ While we may have an idea in our heads of what an older version of ourselves will look like regardless of what we do to intervene, there’s some thing Crawford says she had no idea she would experience. ‘Some things you expect, like gray hair, but what I wasn’t expecting was the texture of my hair to change so much,’ she reveals. ‘It’s gotten much coarser over the years. I look at my daughter and I’m always like, “You have my old hair and I want it back!” Her hair looks great even if she goes to sleep with it wet. She wakes up in the morning and it’s just like perfect and I’m jealous of that.’ Despite the metamorphosis she’s seen, she hasn’t let it get the best of her. ‘I think the sanest way to age is to accept it.’
For as much as she has adapted to who she is today and all that she’s learned along the way, Crawford’s biggest message to women is to not be hard on yourself, especially when it comes to growing older. ‘The pressure we put on ourselves – we all do it to some degree – to constantly look perfect and ageless isn’t what we should be doing. The 50-year-old Cindy would tell the 30-year-old Cindy not to be so hard on herself. And, probably and hopefully, the 75-year-old Cindy would for sure be saying that to me. So I should get the message soon!’ While only she can change her outlook on aging and beauty, perhaps she can set a new trend and lead by example. ‘My focus is on accepting the inevitable part of aging while trying to feel good, be grateful for good healthy and enjoy being 50. I love Nora Ephron’s book, I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. I love when she says, “If you’re under the age of 35, put on a bikini and don’t take it off.” No matter what you felt about your body at 30, at 50, you’re going to be like, ‘Ugh, if only I wasn’t so hard on myself.’ So when I’m 70 and 80, I’m probably going to look back and ask what was I being so hard on myself for. I think if my approach was to be less hard on myself, then maybe the world will follow it, too!’
To say that Cindy Crawford is a beauty icon would be an understatement; she has been featured on more than 400 magazine covers and continues to inspire a whole new generation of models. In addition to her beauty line, Meaningful Beauty, and her home furniture collection, Cindy debuted her book, Becoming, which gives us a glimpse of her life and career (the photos are gorgeous!). Here, we get even more up close and personal with the star.
NewBeauty: How has the modeling world changed since you started?
Cindy Crawford: This new group of young models has the power of social media behind them, which means they can portray themselves the way they want to and not just be dependent on the pictures that people take of them. They can say, “This is my personality and this is what I’m interested in”—it’s great and it lets them do their own brand building.
NB: What about the beauty industry?
CC: Beauty products have become much more innovative since I started modeling – the efficacy is incredible. When my mom started using face cream years ago, she didn’t have products that were really actually doing stuff; they more so just felt good on her skin. Now, women expect more from their skin care.
NB: What are your must-have products from your Meaningful Beauty collection?
CC: Definitely the Antioxidant Day Crème with SPF 20, because it’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. Even if you don’t think you’re in the sun, you’re in the sun. And also the Lifting Eye Crème. I really use the whole line – I love a good skin care system. The fun thing about being the muse for Dr. Sebagh (Jean-Louis Sebagh, the French anti-aging skin specialist Cindy started working with more than 10 years ago) is that I can tell him about the skin issues I’m dealing with—if I need more hydration or brightening etc – and he will develop products based on my needs. I feel like a lot of Meaningful Beauty customers have my same concerns.
NB: What advice do you pass on to your daughter Kaia?
CC: I tell her to stop and think before she posts something on social media – she’s very good about it and realizes that people are always looking. She actually takes my advice when it comes to modeling because she knows that I know what I’m talking about (laughs). I’ve taught her to show up on time and go to sleep early the night before a shoot. It’s important to treat it like a job, as I have always done. It’s a great job, but it’s still a job. As far as beauty advice, since she’s only 15, I just tell her to wear sunscreen and wash her face before she goes to bed.
NB: What is your number-one beauty tip?
CC: I could say I put Cheetos under my eyes when I sleep, but honestly, I don’t have any crazy beauty tips. For me, it’s more about regular maintenance. The one thing I will say though, is that at a certain age, I just couldn’t have soy sauce anymore—it made me really puffy. So now, I just have lemon on my sushi.
NB: Which social media outlet do you use the most?
CC: I was kind of late to the social media game. I wasn’t really looking for that type of exposure and I didn’t really understand it or use it for a while. I didn’t do Facebook for a long time and then I started doing Twitter, but it wasn’t really until Instagram that I got involved. I like Instagram because it’s primarily visual. What’s interesting to me is that what seems to resonate most with fans is the moment in between the moments—it’s the opposite of the totally manufactured, glossy images they’re used to seeing in magazines. It kind of makes sense, but for my generation, we’re not used to having 100 different images to choose from. We used to take just one picture and see how it turned out. Because images have become, in some ways, more disposable, people are more willing to put out silly ones or ones with bad angles. It’s a more immediate connection with fans.
NB: What does your regular fitness regimen look like?
CC: If I’m home, I work out three days a week with a trainer. I start out with 15 minutes of cardio, then we do squats, lunges and triceps and biceps with weights in a gym—free weights are important for muscle tone. I also try to go for a hike, a walk or a bike ride once a week with my family or a friend. When I’m traveling, I figure out what is best in the place I’m in. If I’m in Miami and the weather is gorgeous, I’ll go for a long walk along the beach, which is a great way to get exercise and be outside. Whatever workout floats your boat, whatever makes you do it, just do it!
NB: You’ve said you’re not good with diets. How come?
CC: When you’re on a diet, all you think about are the things you aren’t eating. I know what’s good for me and what isn’t. It’s all about moderation and studying your body to see what works for you. I try to be a good role model for my daughter, too. I don’t want her to see me obsessing over food.
NB: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
CC: I definitely like chocolate, as well as my husband’s tequila. It’s so much a part of how we like to entertain and host dinners with friends.
NB: What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
CC: I like to cook; I’m a good cook. I also like to play games of all types and I’m pretty competitive. Even my husband says, “You can let the kids win honey,” and I’m like, “No!” (laughs)
Cindy’s revealation’s video: https://youtu.be/cZc1Zbp6uQ0
Cindy’s best-kept beauty secrets?
‘I’m a big fan of dry brushing, which I do before taking a shower with an Elemis brush. Another model taught me about that when I was 20 and I always do it.’
‘For about 15 years, I have been getting facials and microdermabrasion with the same women in LA. I go like once every five weeks. I like it especially if I’ve been working a lot.’
‘I’ve always liked working out with free weights. It’s one of the few things in life that you can do and see results. You see and feel yourself getting stronger. When you feel strong physically, it transfers into feeling strong emotionally.’
Been There Done That
‘I’ve had my makeup and hair done and been dressed so many times that it’s like when I’m not doing that, I don’t want to be thinking about all of that.’
‘As I get older, I want my skin to look lush and dewy, so I don’t over-powder; I use as little powder as I can.’
Skin Care Savior
‘I really like how concentrated serums are so you can get greater efficacy and concentration of the ingredients. I’m definitely a fan of putting on a serum under moisturizer.’