It's hard to believe Cindy Crawford is almost 50. The American fashion star, who was once named the highest earning model in the world by Forbes, started her career at 17 - and she's still topping the most beautiful people on the planet lists today.
But if anyone knows how much the modelling industry has changed in the last 25 years, it's Cindy.
"I was lucky because House of Style was like my Twitter," she says. "I got to be more than just a picture. Because of social media, so many of the girls today, like Coco Rocha, Lily Aldridge, Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne, are brand-building. When I started modeling there was no language for that."
There's been a difference in body image too. Cindy fondly remembers a time when there was no size zero and best of all, carbs weren't the devil!
"Fortunately, we weren't expected to be a size 0 or 2 in my era," she reveals. "Christy and Linda and I, we weren't so tiny. But I was still voluptuous even in that group. Sometimes it was hard at the fashion shows."
Inevitably, times have also changed on the diet front. "Remember back in the 90s when people thought a big bowl of pasta was a low-calorie option?" she asks. "Those were the days! Today, eating that is like eating a sundae." Sadly, it's so true.
Cindy also shares her widsom on growing old gracefully. Her top tip? "Do all the stuff we know: Don't smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy." Sound advice from one of the original "supers."
Read more from Cindy's interview at Violet Grey.
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