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Twelve life lessons from the iconic pow­er­house Cindy Craw­ford Inc.

ELLE (Canada) - - Cover Stories - By Noreen Flana­gan Pho­to­graphs by Max Aba­dian

WE ARE ALL DIS­TRACTED with last-minute prepa­ra­tions for the shoot when Cindy Craw­ford walks qui­etly into the L.A. stu­dio and makes her way to our fren­zied hud­dle. “I’m sorry for be­ing late,” she says, look­ing a lit­tle flus­tered. “I had prob­lems find­ing parking.” Late? We are 10 min­utes be­hind sched­ule at best, but that’s not be­cause of her.

Sev­eral weeks later, Craw­ford once again shows her fa­mous com­mit­ment to punc­tu­al­ity and po­lite­ness when we re­con­nect over the phone. “Thanks for push­ing the call back 30 min­utes,” she says im­me­di­ately. “Both of my kids are be­ing home­schooled this year so they’re around a lot, which means there’s no Mom off-time!” Craw­ford then ex­plains that she pulled her two teenagers out in protest be­cause she wasn’t sat­is­fied with how the school han­dled the re­moval of PCBs from the build­ing. “I can’t say that this is a bad thing and then send my kids there,” she says. “It’s one of those times when hav­ing a lit­tle bit of celebrity helps to bring at­ten­tion to an is­sue.”

A “lit­tle bit of celebrity” is a charm­ing un­der­state­ment, given that she’s the most fa­mous—and suc­cess­ful—mem­ber of the ’90s su­per­model pack. Her ca­reer, as both a model and a busi­ness­woman, fun­da­men­tally changed the way to­day’s top h

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