Cindy Crawford turned 50 this weekend, and though she recently announced she’d be retiring from her phenomenally successful modelling career, we felt it fitting to celebrate her landmark Birthday with some of her most thoughtful quotes on body positivity and getting older because we love her vocal, down-to-earth attitude on the subject.
Crawford was one of the original ‘supers’ alongside Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, a brand of model who dominated editorials and campaigns throughout the eighties and nineties. Her tousled brunette locks and distinctive beauty mark made her one of the most sought-after in the industry and resulted in a career spanning three decades. She has now worked with every fashion house in the world.
She started working when she was 17 and now that she’s older and wiser, she isn’t afraid to embrace this. Here are seven quotes we’ll be sticking on our fridge:
1. She is all about the here and now:
“I’m actually happier with my body now… because the body I have now is the body I’ve worked for. I have a better relationship with it. From a purely aesthetic point of view, my body was better when I was 22, 23. But I didn’t enjoy it. I was too busy comparing it to everyone else’s,” she told the Daily Mail.
2. On the fact that there’s no anti-ageing ‘secret’:
“The secret is that there is no secret,” she told The Violet Files in 2014. “Do all the stuff we know: Don’t smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy.”
3. She’s happy to see herself changing:
I don’t look the same as I did 20 years ago, nor should I.
4. On why we should all be a little bit nicer to ourselves:
“Getting older does keep your vanity in check, let’s put it that way. You have to rise to your higher self. It’s very easy in your 20s, when your skin and hair are beautiful, to say that beauty is on the inside. But when you start seeing the signs of ageing, you really have to put your money where your mouth is and be kind to yourself, just like you would be to a girlfriend.”
5. Her happiness comes from the inside:
“I don’t want to look in the mirror every day and be down on myself. What I’m finding for myself is that if I continue to be engaged, to do what I love, that’s how I get my self-esteem cup filled. I get a lot of that from my family and work. I’m good at my job. I know I’m a good model at this point in my career. Though some days I feel like I’m too busy or too stressed out, I’m still excited to go to work. That kind of [happiness] translates from the internal to the external.”
6. Do unto yourself:
“I don’t look at [my friends] and think ‘Count their wrinkles.’ I look at them and see their beauty. I feel like that’s what we should be doing to ourselves. Why aren’t we as kind to ourselves as we are to our girlfriends?”
7. Age is just a number:
The buildup is way worse,” Crawford told Yahoo! about the prospect of turning 50. “Once the birthday has come and gone, you’re like, ‘I’m just the same.’ I feel like, our society, and especially being a model, we put such significance on those numbers…. but there’s also so much to celebrate about the journey that you’ve taken, and we’re so fortunate to be here, with our health. This is my way of embracing it and celebrating—as opposed to being afraid of the number.”