I can remember getting ready to start middle school and Cindy Crawford’s face was plastered on every magazine cover. She was also in commercials, hosting shows on MTV, and basically dominated the fashion industry for years.
Today, she’s a 50-year-old mother of two teenage kids and, while she seems to appreciate her success, she also wants to be allowed to be the woman that she is today. Wrinkles and all.
In a recent sit-down with NewBeauty for their Winter-Spring 2017 issue, the former supermodel said: “I don’t need everyone on Instagram pointing out that I don’t look the same way I did when I was 20. I know that. Sometimes when you’re in the public eye, it can be hard, and that’s where you kind of have to work on yourself.”
It’s terrible that she even has to say anything like this. It just speaks to the anonymous nature of the internet and how it, often, allows people to say things to others that they would not normally feel comfortable saying. On top of that, there’s also a crazy amount of pressure for women to never age, never gain weight, and bounce back perfectly from having children. That’s unrealistic and can make women go to unhealthy measures to try to attain the impossible.
It’s easily debatable that Crawford looks like she’s had some sort of work done on her face which, given the industry in which she works and public pressure, is understandable. She makes it clear, however, that she does try to do all she can to stay healthy.
“No matter what I do, I’m not going to look 20 or 30,” she said. “I just want to look great for 50. I exercise, eat healthy and take really good care of my skin. There’s pressure on women to do the undoable, which is not age. But it’s about looking great for however old you are, regardless of what that number is.”
That’s a great attitude to have. Hopefully, she can be a good example for aging women everywhere. We won’t look 20 years old forever but we can be our best selves at any age!