Cindy Crawford Talks Plastic Surgery, Body Image, Self-Acceptance and Social Media

September 24, 2015

Cindy Crawford opens up about plastic surgery, how she has arrived at her own self-acceptance. She also talks about the struggles to maintain a positive body image and shares her thoughts on the current generation of supermodels and more in a wide-ranging interview.

Cindy Crawford

The iconic 1990s supermodel is on the verge of her milestone 50th birthday and she has been much in the news for her new book, ‘Becoming,’ a memoir and self-help tome rolled into one.

She opened up on some of the perennial topics the public likes to hear beautiful women address, namely plastic surgery, their own self-image, and the like. In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cindy Crawford does not disappoint.

She opens up about the pressures and says, “Every woman feels pressure to look a certain way, and I think being a model and being in the public eye, in some ways, you’re more aware of it, and you’re more judged by it. It’s intimidating.”

She continued, saying, “Even for me, it’s like you know I haven’t even turned 50 yet, and even writing this book and everything, it feels like, oh my god. It’s such a benchmark or whatever … I’ve been getting 50 for the last three years, so I’m like geez.”

She says of plastic surgery, “If you can change it, do. But if you can’t, learn to accept it.”

She went on to speak of her own experience, saying, “I kept my mole when I was in high school and that was a big choice. And then look it ended up being something that made people remember me. So I guess I try to live by that. It’s like, if I can change something if I’m really unhappy with something, and I can change it if it’s within my power, but a lot of times it’s not.”

As for those who do choose plastic surgery, she says, “I don’t know. It’s just personal. I don’t judge.”

She does share some words of advice for other women as they grow older, and says, “I definitely say stay away from the magnifier mirrors. You know, sometimes you need them to get mascara on, but then you’re like, ‘Ahh!’ Again, I think that when you’re happy in your life, and you have balance.”

She went on to note, “You can’t help but notice it, but then just don’t be attached to it. Let it go, and focus on the day in front of you. I mean, because what else can you do.”

Cindy Crawford who achieved international fame and iconic stature in the 1990s long before social media, and indeed in the early AOL and CompuServe days of the Internet reflected upon what it’s like for young, up-and-coming supermodels. She doesn’t name names, but THR interjects a trilogy — Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner/

On the topic, she said, “I’m a little bit jealous that they have social media, because I think that through the use of social media, they are better able to help shape their own image.”

You can see the full interview with Cindy Crawford here.

She continued, saying, “I think my generation of models, we were perceived the way we were — you know — through our pictures. On social media, you can create or just illuminate your own image, and I think some of the young models are really good at it. I think that more and more social media presence is what will helps you start your own clothing line or campaign or end up on a cover of a magazine.”

Her new book, “Becoming,” was published by Rizzoli and it features a glamorous black and white photo of Cindy Crawford in her 1990s heyday which, as time goes by is becoming more and more akin to looking at the images of Hollywood stars of the 1940s and ’50s. Excerpts published in advance of the publication date have sparked much interest and discussion.

Pictures: PR Photos

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