Cindy Crawford Bio

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Cindy Crawford Bio

Cindy Crawford, Honorary Chair of UW Health's Kids With CourageCindy Crawford is known to the world as one of the original supermodels who defined that pivotal moment when fashion models became stars in their own right. Crawford used her fame as a springboard to launch a career that has spanned over two decades and resulted in an exceedingly successful and trusted brand representing beauty, fashion, fitness and home.
 
The DeKalb, Illinois native's staying power in a notoriously fickle industry can be credited to her consummate professionalism, keen business savvy and dedicated approach to every endeavor. These attributes, combined with her timeless beauty, earned her longterm global contracts with the likes of Revlon, Omega and Pepsi.
 
Crawford was discovered by a local photographer while a student at DeKalb High School. At age 17, she was a finalist in Elite Model Management's Look of the Year Competition and still went on to graduate as valedictorian of her class. She studied chemical engineering as a scholarship student at Northwestern University before the building momentum of her modeling career took her to New York. Since then, her all-American face with the iconic beauty mark has graced over 1,000 magazine covers worldwide including Vogue, Elle, W, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Allure. She walked the runway for everyone from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel to Ralph Lauren and Dolce Gabbana and was featured in countless ad campaigns for virtually every top fashion designer, including Versace and Calvin Klein.
 
Soon after, MTV came calling, asking Crawford to host "House of Style," a new show that merged the worlds of music and fashion. With its coverage of everything from the voyeuristic and fun to the more serious (anorexia among models,) House of Style became a huge hit. It also gave Crawford, who hosted for six years, a voice and a presence beyond the pages of a magazine. Crawford went on to create, produce and star in best selling exercise videos with personal trainer Radu, and co-wrote a successful instructional make-up book with Sonia Kashuk called Cindy Crawford's Basic Face. These projects honed Crawford's entrepreneurial spirit, leading her to enter into a series of partnerships which have proven to be extremely successful. Crawford is also busy expanding her hugely successful Cindy Crawford Home collection, which grosses more than $250 million annually in retail sales and includes linens, rugs and accessories. The furniture collection originated as a partnership with Rooms To Go and is now carried at various retailers across the U.S. and Canada.
 
Cindy is involved in many humanitarian efforts dedicating time and resources to causes close to her heart. Having lost younger brother Jeffrey to leukemia, Cindy has been a prominent spokesperson and supporter of cancer research and patient care, both at the University of Wisconsin (the hospital where Jeffrey was treated) as well as with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Looking forward, Crawford plans to further develop her home business as well as to expand her range of categories in the beauty industry. She lives in Malibu with her husband Rande Gerber and their children, Presley and Kaia.