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Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty

Written By: Brigitte on February 11, 2012 8 Comments

The first time I met Cindy was in 1986 on a trip to St Barths for Vogue Paris with Patrick Demarchelier. I was struck not only by how absolutely stunning but also how confident and poised she was for her 19 years. She had not reached the status of supermodel yet, but had been working quite well and everyone in the team could see this was a star in the making.

Cindy at 19 - a rising star.
Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue Paris 1986

However, I remember this trip so well because Cindy made a move that to this day represents for me a historic moment in fashion history. What did she do? Well, unlike most models of the time she did not make daily calls to a rock star, male model or photographer boyfriend. She called her financial adviser to get reports and make informed decisions about her future. I was absolutely flabbergasted!!! Most models I knew didn’t care too much about their finances and innocently handed matters of such kind to more or less honest “advisors” that often included freeloading boyfriends.

With that one move, Cindy made me sense that the balance of power had shifted and a new kind of model had arrived, the real pro who’s in charge of her career: the supermodel! Cindy was also the first young model I knew to actually have a philosophy about her work and a deep understanding of the fashion business and it’s requirements. Christy Turlington and Gisele are very similar in their professional approach.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue Paris 1986

In the years following the shoot in St Barths, we worked together on numerous occasions. When I became part of the Chanel makeup team for the shows in Paris, I remember Cindy always looking for me to do her makeup because I was a familiar face in the hurricane of high stress and panic that best describes the backstage vibe. At one point not so long ago we were neighbors in Greenwich Village and we would run into each other and chit chat at the local Italian restaurant while we waited for our takeout orders. Just last year, we worked together on a cover and fashion story for Vogue Mexico – 25 years after that first wonderful series! Amazing!

Vogue Mexico, May 2011
Photo: Tesh

So when Cindy and her team at Meaningful Beauty approached me for a collaboration during NY fashion week, I jumped for joy! This is a girl who created her own path not with beauty alone but with integrity, intelligence and graciousness. I have no doubt she has created the best line of products she could, because that’s how she does things. I’m about to dive into the world of Meaningful Beauty and discover some new, fun goodies I can use!

Vogue Mexico, May 2011

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8 Responses to “Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty”

  1. yumi on: 13 February 2012 at 11:57 am

    Wow.
    She looks totally same as 25years ago.
    I love the makeup for vouge.
    I like all color tones and eye makeup.
    very beautuful!

  2. Rita Wong on: 27 February 2012 at 8:27 am

    Beauty is the true sense of word to describe Cindy. In most people eyes, she is still the prettiest of all supermodels, to me, she is close to perfection, incredibly stunning and beautiful!!!

  3. Doug on: 10 March 2012 at 6:29 am

    SHe looks as young as she did in the past? Are you people really this stupid? Seriously, it’s embarrasing listening to how gullible you are. Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty should be renamed Mean Rip Off. It is so pathetic when a celebrity tries to use their fame to dupe the public. It shows how narcisstic and greedy these individuals are who do this. Cindy Crawford should be ashamed herself. This idiotic product won’t make you meaningfully beautiful, at all. Crawford gets injections of botox and fillers in her face, so the cream isn’t the reason she’s looking so young. Duh.

  4. Brigitte on: 12 March 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Dear Doug,
    Beauty is truly in the eye of beholder. Cindy is an accomplished woman, friend, wife and mother. She’s happy, she takes care of herself AND she belongs to a rare breed of women who have won the DNA lottery in the looks department. Does she look as young as she did when she was nineteen? That would be scary, like she was frozen in time. However I can definitely say she is AS beautiful as when she was nineteen. I will add that I wasn’t familiar with Meaningful Beauty before my assignment for them (it has now ended). As I studied the products I was delighted to see how good this line is: quality products, understandable routines and great packaging for a great price! Why wouldn’t someone like Cindy put her name on a product if it’s great? As an expert I can assure you that after hitting 35, taking care of yourself is the one thing that will keep your skin aging well. That includes a healthy life style, mindfulness, joy and yes, creams and potions. Youth gradually fades but beauty can certainly remain.

  5. michele on: 5 May 2013 at 10:58 am

    wow Doug how rude to write a comment like that to her own friend. This isnt some trashy gossip website. Cindy is an amazing woman. Not only was she a model but one of the first models to show importance on business and professionalism. There is a reason she is one of the greatest models of all time! great post!!

  6. Kassie H on: 6 August 2014 at 4:05 pm

    She definitely has had her life on track as soon as she stepped into the fashion/makeup world. Power and Beauty goes a long ways in this industry! Great post! She looks just as beautiful as she did when she was 19.

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