Cindy Crawford: ‘I don’t really think that you can teach how to model’

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Cindy Crawford covers the latest issue of Town and Country. I’m currently in a love-hate phase with Cindy. I love her because I’ve always loved the OG Supermodels. But I hate the sh-t she’s done to her face, and I hate that she’s just going all-in with nepotism to get her children their own modeling careers. That’s pretty much what Cindy’s T&C interview is about – her kids and how she’s still a protective parent but she’s also pushing them/helping them with their modeling careers. Kaia Gerber is 16, and Presley Gerber is 18. Just my opinion: neither child has Cindy’s It-Factor and both Gerber kids kind of suck as models. But whatever. Some highlights:

Her relationship with Kaia Gerber: “…We talk every day, at least, and text. If she doesn’t text me back within 15 minutes, I do one in all caps and a lot of exclamation points. Just respond, okay? Or else I’m going to track you through your Uber account.”

On raising her children with moral values: “I didn’t find that hard to do at all, actually. Kids don’t always listen, but they are always watching what you do. If you’re polite to people, they learn to be polite. If you make family time a priority, they don’t even question spending time together. …You lead by example.”

On being a mother of two rising young models: “I’m really lucky, because I don’t have a #MeToo story. As far as being a mother of two young people going into fashion, of course I worry. But let’s be honest. My kids are blessed in that business because they aren’t coming in as unknowns. People will know I will come after them if they mess with my kids.”

She’s managing Kaia & Presley’s careers right now: “Eventually I want to empower them to be in charge of their own careers, but they’re not ready for that yet. Right now they’re mostly, ‘Mom, just tell me what to do.’”

On giving her children the confidence to stand up for themselves on modeling jobs: “I’ve done nude photos, lots. The only ones I regretted were the ones that I kind of got talked into. I don’t want my children to ever look back and think, ‘Gosh, I wish I hadn’t done that.’ I want to empower them to just say, ‘I’m outta here.’”

On why she chose to start her skincare line, Meaningful Beauty: “I was 35, living in L.A., with children, and there was a shift in me. I felt like it was time to take a chance on myself. So I took a gamble and started this company with Dr. Sebagh.”

Whether she taught Kaia to model: “I don’t really think that you can teach how to model. It needs to come from within….[but I did help her play dress-up as a child], I would do her hair and makeup and we would play photo shoot or runway show. I would be shooting the pictures, and I’d be like, ‘No, put your chin up,’ or ‘Hold your arm out like that.’ Probably a little of it stuck.”

[From Town and Country]

“I don’t really think that you can teach how to model. It needs to come from within…” Agree or disagree? I agree in the sense that you have to be BORN photogenic. You can be pretty in real life but if you don’t look good on camera, you can’t be a model. But then again, you can “teach” someone to pose like a model and work like a model and you can use all of your fashion connections to nepotize your kids into work. Sigh… I’m fighting a losing battle, I know. In five years’ time, Kaia will be the new Gigi/Kendall only she’ll be considered “classier” because of her pedigree.

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Photos courtesy of Victor Demarchelier for Town & Country and received via email from Hearst publicists
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