Cindy Crawford Opens Up About Taking Control of Her Image as a Supermodel

The mogul and entrepreneur is featured on the cover of ‘Vogue Arabia’ this month.
Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford.

Cindy Crawford is the cover star of Vogue Arabia’s March 2023 issue. The supermodel looks stunning in a trio of images that show her rocking a black ALAÏA catsuit with white polka dots across the chest from the designer’s winter-spring 2023 collection. Crawford’s look was accessorized with layers of pearl necklaces and high heels with feather accents.

In an accompanying cover story, the mom of two talked about everything from her 40 years in the industry to ringing in her recent 57th birthday. She also spoke candidly about taking charge of her image early on in her modeling career.

“I was doing Vogue and Revlon and then I did Playboy, and people couldn’t understand why I would risk that. It wasn’t about the money because I barely got paid for the first time,” she told the publication. “I gave up getting paid in order to have control, so that I have approval of every image.”

That risk paid off, Crawford shared, which opened up the door to even more partnerships—like some of her most well-known campaigns with brands like Pepsi.

“Because I took a chance there, it opened me up to a much broader audience, male and female, which Vogue didn’t have,” she added. “And that’s why I got MTV and that’s why I got Pepsi.”

On Feb. 28, the one-time SI Swimsuit model shared a series of images from the Vogue Arabia photo shoot on Instagram. Crawford posed in a strapless Schiaparelli dress with gold buttons, a Chanel blazer and mini skirt, a sparkly purple Tom Ford gown, a Moschino set and a red Oscar de la Renta dress.

“So beautiful mama! 😍,” daughter Kaia Gerber gushed.

“Epic!” Samantha Barry wrote.

“Iconic! 🤩,” Marcus Francis added.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.