Supermodel Cindy Crawford made some refreshing comments about age and beauty, saying she doesn’t want people to call her “ageless,” adding that she doesn’t look 25 anymore, nor does she think she needs to.
The 56-year-old model talked about how terms like “ageless” place “too much pressure” on her to look like she’s 30 years younger, citing our “youth-obsessed culture,” Haute Living reported in a recent piece.
“I know all the ways that I’ve aged,” Crawford shared. “My face has gotten much thinner; my mouth isn’t as full. Being told I’m ageless isn’t right, especially because getting older is hard enough, never mind that we live in a youth-obsessed culture.”
“I’m not 25, so why should I be trying to look 25?” she added. “Why do I want someone to mistake me for a 25-year-old? I’ve had children. I have all this life experience.”
“When I started modeling, I said, ‘What am I going to do after I turn 25?’” the supermodel shared. “There wasn’t someone who had a career like me before that I could follow or look up to. And then, all of a sudden, I was still modeling at 26, 27, 30, 35, 40, and now, 56. There was no way I thought I would still be quote unquote ‘modeling’ to this day.”
Supermodel Cindy Crawford may be classically beautiful but please, don’t call her “ageless.” https://t.co/xInAbBcpms
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) November 3, 2022
Crawford explained that rather than fight aging, she’s decided to embrace the different stages of her life, sharing that, “Aging is what happens if we’re lucky; it means that I’m alive.”
“I’m not 56 trying to do the same jobs that I did when I was 25 and 30,” the model explained. “I’ve evolved, and the businesses that I have have evolved, too. I think that’s why I’ve had such career longevity, and why my audience will follow me — because it feels authentic and it is authentic.”
“Sometimes I think, ‘screw it. Maybe I don’t want to model anymore,’” she added. “But then I think, ‘gosh, then I’m just further telling women that at a certain age, we’re just expired, and we should go on the shelf. Do I want to play into that for women?’ And so I don’t. Even though sometimes I don’t necessarily feel as confident, or if I see a pictures of me and there are things I don’t like, I still think yeah, but that’s real.”
The reporter noted at the conclusion of her interview with Crawford, the model shared some great advice about how “life is life.”
“And that’s something else I’m working on: not characterizing things as good or bad,” Cindy said. “It’s just life, right? We tend to be like, ‘life’s so hard’ or, ‘life’s so great’ — but it’s just life, all of it.”