What has supermodel Cindy Crawford – who was hard to miss in the 1980s and ‘90s thanks to her countless magazine covers and Pepsi and
A lot more than you think.
The 46-year-old DeKalb native now focuses on her Style home accessories line, Home furniture line, Meaningful Beauty skin care line, and, of course, her husband and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, owner of The Whiskey Bar & Grill in the Gold Coast, and their two children.
Crawford is also heavily involved in charity work, spurred on in part by the death of her younger brother from
"It's a different kind of busy," said Crawford, calling Monday from her home in Malibu, Calif. "Early in my career, I was pretty much in front of the camera every day. Now I'm only in front of the camera two days a week. Other days I'm in a product development meeting or production meeting. It keeps me busy, but I'm still able to pick the kids up from school half the time.
“Modern women — we’re very good at keeping ourselves busy. There are
Crawford still models on occasion, something she once believed would be impossible at her age. She was under the impression early in her career that a model's career is over at 25 years old. Is that why she always kept her eyes and ears open to the business side of the industry? Maybe. But she admits she also just likes to learn.
(Crawford was her high school class' valedictorian and earned a scholarship to Northwestern University, which she attended briefly before committing to modeling full time.)
"I started understanding what I didn't want to do and defined what I did want to do, what my brand will be and what I would like to share," Crawford said. "It started with fitness videos. That gave me the bug. They ended up being successful: 'Oh, this is kind of fun to have a voice. I like that.'"
Still, Crawford makes sure not to fill her schedule with meetings and photo shoots. She has a family, after all. And while her daughter might have been impressed the time former