Cindy Crawford is one of the biggest supermodels that the world has ever seen. She’s been on countless magazine covers and most recently is Town and Country’s May cover star where she opens up about her past regrets in her career and her kids.
Apparently being a supermodel is in the genes, since her two teenage children, Presley and Kaia, are following in their mother’s footsteps. The two of them are some of the most in demand models in the world right now and Crawford has opened up about how her own regrets are helping teach her kids to survive the industry.
Her past experience not only helped her kids get their start in the industry but is also helping them to get the respect that a lot of young models don’t get starting out. She also says that she herself has been lucky to get respect and to have avoided abuse.
“I’m really lucky, because I don’t have a #MeToo story,” the 52-year-old model said. “As far as being a mother of two young people going into fashion, of course I worry. But let’s be honest. My kids are blessed in that business because they aren’t coming in as unknowns. People will know I will come after them if they mess with my kids.”
However, despite this, she does have some regrets about her career.
“I’ve done nude photos, lots. The only ones I regretted were the ones that I kind of got talked into,” she said. “I don’t want my children to ever look back and think, ‘Gosh, I wish I hadn’t done that.’ I want to empower them to just say, ‘I’m outta here.’”
She hopes that she and her husband Rande Gerber have raised their kids so that they don’t feel that they can’t speak up when they’re uncomfortable in a situation.
“Kids don’t always listen, but they are always watching what you do,” she says. “If you’re polite to people, they learn to be polite. If you make family time a priority, they don’t even question spending time together.…You lead by example.”
“Eventually I want to empower them to be in charge of their own careers, but they’re not ready for that yet. Right now they’re mostly, ‘Mom, just tell me what to do.’”
Of course, she says, she’s totally fine with that. And they have nothing to be worried about with one of the fashion industry’s legends teaching them and a mother’s instinct looking out for them.