American supermodel Cindy Crawford dominates the cover of the November 3rd, 2023 issue of ES Magazine, shot by the expert eye of Yu Tsai.
Petra Flannery orchestrates the wardrobe, choosing pieces from Alaïa, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, Re/Done, and Celine by Hedi Slimane to ensure each outfit exudes timeless elegance. The hair is done by Rob Talty, while the make-up is the work of Melanie Inglessis. Vanessa Sanchez McCullough’s nail art completes the polished look. Behind the scenes, Nicole Holcroft-Emmess and Trever Swearingen of 88 Phases ensure a seamless production.
Cindy Crawford’s story began in DeKalb, Illinois, where a young Cindy, recovering from a high school prank, found her confidence as a model for a local boutique. It was her collaboration with a local photographer for the DeKalb Nite Weekly that set her on the path to stardom. Cindy’s rise to the pinnacle of the modeling world includes gracing over 600 magazine covers, a feat that speaks volumes about her enduring appeal.
Crawford’s academic prowess as high school co-valedictorian and scholarship recipient to study chemical engineering is often overshadowed by her modeling accomplishments. However, she chose to embrace the world of fashion, becoming one of the illustrious “Supers” – a group of supermodels who dominated the fashion scene in the 1980s and 1990s.
Celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight fondly remembers Cindy: “Cindy is always fun to work with – loves to laugh! We had so much fun, and all the while Cindy was figuring out how to turn those sexy shots and Vogue covers into a multi-million-dollar business.”
Crawford‘s influence went beyond the camera lens. She became a household name with her MTV show “House of Style,” which ran from 1989 to 1996. The show was a cultural touchstone, offering insight into fashion trends and celebrity lifestyles.
Her beauty, marked by her signature mole, has been a topic of discussion throughout her career. Cindy recalls, “My first British Vogue cover, they retouched it off. The jury was still out.” However, American Vogue‘s acceptance of her beauty spot marked the end of such debates.
Cindy’s advice to her daughter Kaia reflects her grounded philosophy: “Take the time to learn people’s names, and be nice to everyone. If you’re not grateful and happy to be there, there’s someone who would be.”