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CINDY CRAWFORD PHOTOGRAPHED BY PETER LINDBERGH

VIOLET MUST: Becoming Cindy Crawford | #THEVIOLETFILES | @VioletGrey
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For years, there’s been a tale floating around the fashion world that supermodel Cindy Crawford was discovered in a midwestern cornfield. In her new book, Becoming, Crawford debunks this myth (she was actually scouted at a clothing store in Chicago) but still manages to cement her position as the All-American Girl with the heart of gold. Released on the occasion of her 50th birthday, Becoming collects 150 photographs spanning the iconic model’s career, and pairs it with her musings on growing up in Illinois, getting her start in the business, and behind-the-camera relationships, as well as the advice she’d give her younger self. It’s an intimate look at the woman who was arguably the first model to recognize the power of becoming a brand. And one who embraced her uniqueness even in the face of critics—the first agent she met with recommended she get her signature mole removed. 

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ON HER INSECURITY WHEN WORKING WITH ARTHUR ELGORT, A FRIEND WHO ALSO PHOTOGRAPHED HER WEDDING...

Elgort frequently asked Crawford to do “something different” with her hands. “I felt as if I had cartoon hands and would try to hide them by shoving them into my pockets or behind my back.”
Cindy Crawford photographed by Arthur Elgort
ON SHOOTING WITH THE FORMIDABLE HELMUT NEWTON...

“[It] was like a pathway straight into his highly staged and evocative world. He’d give you direction, in his thick German accent: ‘Cindy...you are a widow...(beat). But he was really rich and left you a lot of money...(beat). And you have a young, hot lover.’”
cindy crawford photographed by helmut newton
ON BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY HER LATE FRIEND AND FREQUENT COLLABORATOR, HERB RITTS...

“Herb made me look the way I wished I looked when I woke up in the morning.”
cindy crawford photographed by herb ritts
ON SHOOTING WITH PETER LINDBERGH...

“Working with Peter is relaxed—fun but not crazy, substantive without being overly serious. He makes you feel like a woman and has a way of turning your imperfections into something unique and beautiful.”
cindy crawford photographed by peter lindbergh

THE VIOLET FILES UP CLOSe with cindy
crawford

The supermodel opens up about aging, her tendency to wind up naked, and the days when a bowl of pasta was considered a low-calorie option.