MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: CINDY CRAWFORD

20 interesting things about Cindy Crawford.

1. Her full name is Cynthia Ann Crawford.

2. She was born in DeKalb, Illinois.

3. She has two sisters, Chris and Danielle, as well as a brother Jeffery who died of childhood Leukemia at age 3.

4. She has stated that her family has been in the U.S. for generations and that her ancestry is mostly German, English, and French.

5. By appearing in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? in 2013, she discovered that her ancestors included English nobility and continental royal families of the Middle Ages, and that she was descended from Charlemagne.

6. In her sophomore year at high school, she received a call from a local clothing store regarding modeling work, only to discover that it was a practical joke set up by two of her classmates.

7. However, the following year another store hired a number of high school girls, including Crawford, to work for them.

8. In her junior year local photographer Roger Legel, whose duties included photographing a different college girl to be that week’s coed in the DeKalb Nite Weekly, asked to take her picture for the publication; the result was Crawford’s first cover. The photo and positive feedback she received were enough to convince her to take up modeling.

9. She entered the Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest at 17 and was the runner-up. Elite Model Management in Chicago then started representing her.

10. Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984, as valedictorian.

11. She won an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, which she attended for only one quarter. She dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career.

12. After working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, Crawford moved to Manhattan in 1986 and signed with the Elite New York modeling agency.

13. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a spokesperson.

14. In 1995, Forbes magazine named her the highest paid model on the planet.

15. She was named No. 3 on VH1’s 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90s and was named one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” by Men’s Health.

16. Crawford is known for her trademark mole just above her lip.

17. During the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy Crawford was among the most popular supermodels, and a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, runways, and in fashion campaigns.

18. She was repeatedly and frequently featured on the cover of many magazines, including: Vogue, W, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. A partial count in 1998 totalled over 400 appearances.

19. Crawford also appeared in many fashion campaigns during her career, including those for Gianni Versace, Escada, Revlon, and Ink.

20. She has also worked for Omega, Maybelline, Clairol, and Chilean retail stores Ripley.

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