Cindy: ‘I love work­ing with Kaia’

Grazia (UK) - - 10 Hot Stories - Cindy Craw­ford and her chil­dren Kaia and Pres­ley Ger­ber are brand am­bas­sadors for lux­ury Swiss watch­mak­ers OMEGA,

Next time you take a bad selfie, be for­ti­fied in the knowl­edge that Cindy Craw­ford can’t get the hang of it ei­ther. ‘All of my daugh­ter’s friends, they know their good an­gle, they’re much more so­phis­ti­cated about that. I still can’t quite fig­ure out the selfie thing, maybe it’s just that I’m not 16 but I’m like, “How do you do this?”,’ she says when Grazia sits down to talk to the orig­i­nal supermodel dur­ing Paris Fash­ion Week.

It’s hard to imag­ine that the Cindy Craw­ford could take any­thing but an amaz­ing pic­ture. Be­cause in the fash­ion world, when what’s of-the-mo­ment can be­come over in the blink of a per­fectly kohled eye, it takes some­thing ex­tra spe­cial to ex­hibit the kind of stay­ing power she has. Over 30 years since her first Vogue cover, in a ca­reer that’s seen her front every­thing from Pepsi to Calvin Klein to Revlon, and en­cour­aged a whole gen­er­a­tion of women to pen­cil on moles: Cindy is the kind of icon the word was made for.

Now, thanks to her daugh­ter Kaia Ger­ber, 16, ev­ery­one’s fallen in love with Cindy all over again. Hav­ing the orig­i­nal su­per as your mum does mean Kaia’s run­way reign this sea­son has a sense of in­evitabil­ity about it. It’s not just that Kaia bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to her mum, but that she also pos­sesses the same easy pro­fes­sion­al­ism – one that’s born out of grow­ing up around the bright lights of fash­ion. ‘ When she was lit­tle she used to play “photo shoot”. And so, if she had a friend over I would dress them up in my clothes. I was the stylist, hair, make-up, pho­tog­ra­pher,’ Cindy re­calls af­fec­tion­ately.

She de­scribes Kaia as ‘an old soul’, ‘a good stu­dent’ and some­one with her head firmly screwed on. Did she give her any ad­vice be­fore she made her cat­walk de­but this sea­son? ‘I said to her, “I per­son­ally am not a fan of that va­cant stare and that kind of ro­botic walk.” That wasn’t how the mod­els of my gen­er­a­tion walked. My ad­vice is: peo­ple love to see per­son­al­ity. When you’re walk­ing down the run­way you should look like, “This is the best dress I’ve ever worn and I feel great in it and don’t you wish you had it.” Be­cause in the end, we’re try­ing to sell dresses, right? I feel like when she walked Wang she just brought it. She wasn’t afraid to make her own walk and not try to just fol­low what ev­ery­one else was do­ing. I’m proud of her.’

The two had pre­vi­ously shot to­gether for French Vogue in 2016. ‘It was fun work­ing to­gether, I’m not sure she loves work­ing with me,’ she laughs. ‘ You know I’m still her mother and I’m prob­a­bly a lit­tle, “keep your chin up” or what­ever.’ She’s like, “Mum, I’ve got this.” And it’s good, I want her to find her own way of be­ing but it’s also great be­cause she does know I know what I’m talk­ing about. She does lis­ten to me when it comes to the fash­ion world.’ Some­times, mum re­ally does know best.

Never un­der­es­ti­mate a supermodel, how­ever. Cindy’s had her own mo­ment in the spot­light this sea­son, mak­ing a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at the end of the Ver­sace show along­side fel­low su­pers Carla Bruni, Naomi Camp­bell, Helena Chris­tensen and Clau­dia Schif­fer in Donatella Ver­sace’s emo­tional trib­ute to her brother Gianni. ‘All of us were stand­ing there right be­fore the cur­tain went up and we were laugh­ing, and then, about 10 sec­onds be­fore, we were like, “Oh my gosh we’re ner­vous. We’re ac­tu­ally ner­vous!”’

The mo­ment – which was kept a se­cret even from the other mod­els walk­ing in the show un­til half an hour be­fore – was kept un­der wraps for months. Those nerves were in part down to the close re­la­tion­ship Cindy, and the other mod­els, had had with Gianni. ‘I think cer­tainly we all feel part of the Ver­sace fam­ily. For me, work­ing with Gianni and that brand was such an im­por­tant part of the be­gin­ning part of my ca­reer. And the thing that was amaz­ing about Ver­sace was that he loved cel­e­brat­ing sexy but pow­er­ful women. And I think that’s what the late ’80s, early ’90s was all about: you can be both, you don’t have to pick. [ Ver­sace showed] you can be su­per sexy and strong and pow­er­ful. I think that’s a great kind of fem­i­nist mes­sage for women through fash­ion. I loved be­ing part of that.’

Nowa­days Cindy mostly works on her own projects, which in­clude a skin­care line, Mean­ing­ful Beauty, and a fur­ni­ture busi­ness. It has to be some­thing ex­tra spe­cial to tempt her back in front of the cam­era. ‘But then oc­ca­sion­ally some­thing will come up – it’s ei­ther a brand I like, or a pho­tog­ra­pher I re­ally like, or some­thing cool – I al­ways say I al­ways have some­thing bet­ter to be do­ing now, which is be­ing with my fam­ily. So, I have to tick more boxes off in or­der to say yes.’

One of the jobs that she con­tin­ues to say ‘ Yes’ to is as an Omega am­bas­sador, a re­la­tion­ship which is still go­ing strong af­ter 20 years. This sea­son she’s joined in the Omega fam­ily by Kaia and her son, Pres­ley. To cel­e­brate, leg­endary pho­tog­ra­pher Pe­ter Lind­bergh shot a por­trait of the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing dad Rande. This re­ally is the sea­son of the Craw­ford- Ger­bers.

What she en­joys about her Omega re­la­tion­ship is that the Swiss watch­maker has al­lowed her to grow and change. ‘I’m not a 25-year-old girl on the cover of Vogue any more; I’m a 51-year old woman, I’m a busi­ness­woman, I’m a wife, I’m a mother, yes I’m still a model but it wasn’t like, “OK now we’re go­ing to dump her and find the new Cindy Craw­ford.” They’ve let me evolve. That’s what you hope for out of a long-term re­la­tion­ship, even a marriage, you hope you grow to­gether,’ she says – adding with a laugh, ‘And now they did get the new Cindy Craw­ford!’ We beg to dif­fer, there re­ally is only one Cindy Craw­ford.


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