Fifty years ago, on February 20th, a baby girl named Cynthia Ann was born in the American Midwestern town of DeKalb, Illinois to electrician John and housewife Jennifer Crawford. Little did the couple know that their bouncing baby would grow to become “Cindy Crawford,” one of the most recognizable faces and names in the world.
Cindy Crawford, with her iconic beauty mark, started her modeling career at the age of 17-years-old. Across three decades, the brunette beauty, that stands at 5-feet-9-inches tall, fronted covers of almost every notable magazine, dominated the runway for celebrated designers, worked with the most renowned names in fashion, and landed multiple endorsement deals, including a Pepsi commercial. Named the highest paid model in the world in 1995 by Forbes magazine, Crawford became a household name when she starred in George Michael’s Freedom (X). Her universal appeal saw her play host for the MTV show House of Style and proving that she still resonates with younger generations, Crawford was cast as “headmistress” in Taylor Swift’s 2015 Bad Blood video, which recently won a Best Music Video Grammy award. Crawford now adds author to her list of accomplishments with the release of her new book Becoming; while her latest major gig involves landing the Balmain Spring 2016 campaign alongside supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. Not bad for 50.
Earlier this month, the mother of two to rising models Kaia Gerber and brother Presley, made waves for seemingly stating that she would soon retire. Crawford since took to Instagram to write, “I have loved being part of the fashion industry for the past 30 years—and if that time has taught me anything, it’s this: never say never.”
Celebrating the supermodel’s 50th birthday on February 20th, we take a look back at some of her iconic career moments.
A young Cindy Crawford.
Cindy Crawford on the runway for Thierry Mugler Fall 1990 ready-to-wear.
Cindy Crawford on the runway for Versace Fall 1991 ready-to-wear with Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington.
Cindy Crawford starring in the 1992 Pepsi commercial.
Cindy Crawford, Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, and Stephanie Seymour for the Gianni Versace Fall 1994 campaign.
Cindy Crawford walking the Chanel Spring 1995 show with Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Karl Lagerfeld.
Cindy Crawford on the runway at Calvin Klein.
Cindy Crawford hosting MTV’s House of Style.
Cindy Crawford with daughter Kaia Gerber.
Cindy Crawford with her children Kaia and Presley Gerber.
Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Olivier Rousteing, and Naomi Campbell in the Balmain Spring 2016 campaign.