Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

Cindy Crawford

There was a time when you couldn't walk by a newsstand without seeing Cindy Crawford's face. From her first Vogue cover in August 1986 to 2000, Crawford's mug graced the covers of more than 1,000 magazines. Though she was part of the original supermodel troupe — made famous by the now iconic Vogue magazine cover in January 1990 that featured her along with fellow models Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz — Crawford, with her distinctive beauty mark, stood out from the pack. Her big hair and curves would win her fans, but she somehow managed to keep one foot firmly planted in the high-fashion world, walking the runway for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and Versace. At a time when many models made a name for themselves by looking heroin-chic, Crawford's bodacious-'80s-babe style won her lucrative endorsement deals with Revlon, which lasted for more than a decade, and Pepsi that made her the top-paid model by 2000 and a household name. And with her rise to fame came a new image of what a supermodel should be. As fashion designer Michael Kors once said, "Cindy changed up the perception of the 'sexy American girl' from classic blue-eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette with brains, charm and professionalism to spare." These days, the American beauty is sharing her fashion flair with a furniture collection with Rooms to Go.