Photo: ES Magazine/Adam Whitehead
Sorry Cara, Kendall and Gigi.
If anyone knows anything about being a supermodel, it is Cindy Crawford. Crawford, along with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, ruled the fashion world in the ’90s. For Crawford, they weren’t just models, they were “rock stars,” and she compared their fame to a phenomenon that has not been replicated since.
In an interview with ES Magazine, Crawford opened up about her modelling past and today’s up and coming models.
“I feel like I lived through the heyday of modelling,” the 48-year-old said. “Models are not really getting covers now, and they’re not getting the big cosmetics contracts and that’s where the money is. It’s actresses and singers and reality TV people.”
For Crawford, it was “like the stars were in alignment. ”
So why are models not getting the covers and contracts they did in the past?
“The reason supermodels could come into being was because Hollywood actresses wanted to be taken seriously,” she said. “They didn’t want the red carpet to be a catwalk, which it has now become. And the models were like, ‘We’ll do that!’ And all of a sudden fashion wasn’t just about Vogue and couture, there was an explosion of coverage and we were the rock stars of that.”
According to Crawford, supermodels Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen who followed “were one-offs.”
And what did she have to say about her friend George Clooney’s very public nupitals to Amal Alamuddin in Venice last year?
“I think George decided — and Amal, too — which I thought was smart of them, typically, that either you spend all this time and energy trying to make it secret or you go, ‘You know what? We’re getting married in Venice and we’re going to have this great party and we’re going to do exactly what we want.’ So that’s what they did and I really respect them for it.”