Cindy Crawford has discussed her changing attitude towards keeping fit over the years, as she also discussed doing nude shoots during her career.
The supermodel, 54, spoke candidly with Red Magazine‘s March issue on Thursday about her health and fitness, and how she has learned to embrace her flaws over the years.
Cindy joked that when she was younger she ‘used to get annoyed when Kate Moss would be eating a burger and fries’ as she wasn’t able to do the same because she had to keep an eye on what she ate.
Candid: Cindy Crawford, 54, detailed how her attitude to keeping fit has changed over the years in a new interview on Thursday
She explained to the publication: ‘I don’t like the word “diet”, but I still choose to eat well.
‘I was never one of the people who could eat what I wanted – even I used to get annoyed when Kate Moss would be eating a burger and fries and smoking a cigarette!
‘When I moved to New York, I knew I was going to have to change the way I ate or I wouldn’t be able to get into the clothes – and, by the way, the clothes were much bigger then than the sample sizes now.
‘But the way I’ve exercised has changed. In my 20s, I would work out hard and flop down on the couch.
Keeping fit: Cindy joked that when she was younger she ‘used to get annoyed when Kate Moss would be eating a burger and fries’ as she had to keep an eye on what she ate
Honest: Looking back, Cindy said she was frustrated by Kate because she ‘was never one of the people who could eat what I wanted’ (pictured together with Edward Enninful in 2018)
‘Then, I had little kids and realised my workouts couldn’t tire me any more, they actually had to energise me instead,’ she said, in reference to her son Presley, 21, and daughter Kaia, 19.
‘Now my goal is not to get hurt. So, I have added a lot more stretching and Pilates, and I don’t feel as compelled to do those tough workouts any more.’
Cindy also discussed modelling, as she detailed how she was only comfortable doing nude shoots if she wasn’t ‘pressured’ while doing them.
‘I have done a lot of nudes and swimsuit shoots, but the ones you regret are the times you feel pressured in the moment,’ she said.
Fitness: Cindy (pictured in 1998) said, ‘The way I’ve exercised has changed. In my 20s, I would work out hard and flop down on the couch’
Changes: But motherhood changed her perspective, as she claimed: ‘Then, I had little kids and realised my workouts couldn’t tire me any more, they actually had to energise me instead’
‘When I did Playboy with Herb Ritts, I felt totally comfortable. I could have killed the whole shoot if I wanted and that allowed me to do it in a way that felt safe.
‘But there were times when I haven’t felt I had a voice. I did the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue early in my career and the woman overseeing it was very controlling.’
She detailed: ‘I remember getting to Thailand and she wanted me to wear a turban for the first shot.
‘At the time, I thought, I am not sure the guys who read Sports Illustrated think that turbans are very sexy, and I voiced that, and she did not like it.
Reflective: The supermodel also admitted she regrets doing nude shoots that made her ‘feel pressured’, as she detailed her uncomfortable experience modelling for Sports Illustrated
‘I ended up only having one small picture in the magazine. I thought, “Wow, I’m being reprimanded for speaking my mind – I’m not really down with that.”‘
Cindy went on to discuss how she has learned to embrace her flaws, saying she learned not to be ‘hard on [herself]’.
She said: ‘When you’re young, you have the beauty and strength of youth, but you’re really hard on yourself and you haven’t done the work on the inside yet.
‘As you get older, you’ve figured out who you are, but you’re thinking, “That’s not where it used to be any more!”
‘Maybe that’s the point – having insecurities and flaws is what makes us human.’
Experience: During the shoot, she voiced her concerns over certain fashion choices and was reprimanded for it, and ‘ended up only having one small picture in the magazine’ as a result
Cindy, who has been married to husband Rande Gerber since 1998, said it’s their close friendship that is the key to their happy marriage.
She said: ‘With my husband, I feel even if we weren’t together, we’d be friends. Of course, you have to have sexual chemistry, but our relationship is based on friendship and mutual respect.’
While she said of raising their two children: ‘Parenting is the hardest and most rewarding job. Rande and I made our kids feel included.
For more: Read the full interview in the March issue of Red, on sale February 4
‘If we had friends over for dinner, they sat with us and I think that’s served them well. They’ve always been comfortable being around older people and asking questions.
‘What could I do better? Probably not offer help unless it’s asked for. You want to do everything for your kids, but when I stand back and they come to me for advice, they’re more likely to listen. When I offer it unsolicited, it just annoys them.’
Read the full interview with Cindy Crawford in the March issue of Red, on sale February 4.
It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
Family: Cindy, who has been married to husband Rande Gerber since 1998 and shares son Presely and daughter Kaia with, said their close friendship is the key to their happy marriage