Cindy Crawford has opened up about the secret to her 22-year marriage, in an exclusive interview for Red's March 2021 issue (on sale now).
The supermodel and entrepreneur has been married to businessman and former model, Rande Gerber, since 1998. They have two children together, models Presley, 21, and Kaia, 19.
Crawford said when it comes to keeping a long-term relationship strong there's two important factors for her.
'[It’s] friendship,' she explained. 'With my husband, I feel even if we weren’t together, we’d be friends. Of course, you have to have sexual chemistry, but our relationship is based on friendship and mutual respect.'
And when it comes to parenting, she's learned an integral lesson, too.
'Parenting is the hardest and most rewarding job,' she said. 'Rande and I made our kids feel included. If we had friends over for dinner, they sat with us and I think that’s served them well.
'They’ve always been comfortable being around older people and asking questions. What could I do better? Probably not offer help unless it’s asked for. You want to do everything for your kids, but when I stand back and they come to me for advice, they’re more likely to listen. When I offer it unsolicited, it just annoys them.'
Crawford also spoke candidly about the pressure to do nude shoots as a younger model, recalling her experience of being sidelined on a magazine shoot when she disagreed with the styling.
'I have done a lot of nudes and swimsuit shoots, but the ones you regret are the times you feel pressured in the moment,' she said.
'When I did Playboy with Herb Ritts, I felt totally comfortable. I could have killed the whole shoot if I wanted and that allowed me to do it in a way that felt safe. But there were times when I haven’t felt I had a voice.
'I did the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue early in my career and the woman overseeing it was very controlling. I remember getting to Thailand and she wanted me to wear a turban for the first shot. At the time, I thought, I am not sure the guys who read Sports Illustrated think that turbans are very sexy, and I voiced that, and she did not like it. I ended up only having one small picture in the magazine. I thought, "Wow, I’m being reprimanded for speaking my mind – I’m not really down with that."'
Her biggest career regret happened away from modelling, but she says she's learned from it.
'I did a movie called Fair Game. I never really wanted to be an actor, but a guy I met, who was a producer, begged me to be in it and kept upping the price until I thought, "I’m an idiot to say no." But I should have said no, or prepared myself better.
'The valuable takeaway was that I’m very comfortable in front of the camera, but only when I’m being me. But that was a gift, because as a model, a lot of people send you scripts and I was tempted – I was dating an actor at the time – but I let all that go and I realised that as much as I love watching actors, I don’t think I am one.'
You can read the full interview with Cindy Crawford in Red's April 2021 issue, on sale now
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