• Dress by Victoria Beckham; shoes by Gucci; ring by Carolina Bucci

    got in a car with someone in Paris. I thought it was a guy from my agency there to pick me up because he had a card with my name on it when I got off the plane. But then when I asked him questions, I realized he didn't know anything. I guess someone had seen me getting on the plane and he turned up there. I waited until a stoplight and then jumped out of the car. When I saw that Liam Neeson movie [Taken] about a kidnap, I thought, 'God, that could have been me'."

    For the big stars, the industry today may be easier to navigate since the forays the supermodels made in the '80s and '90s, but Crawford and her peers were fortunate. Firstly, the body pressures were different then. You had to look fantastic, toned and trim, of course, but the ideal was a healthier, curvier shape than now, the average size six compared to today's size zeros. Crawford's body was lean, but it was powerful and very, very sexy; the kind of physique adored equally by both genders. And, of course, they had

    “I loved Herb RITTS, Helmut Newton... AVEDON and PENN. I don’t know if it can get better than that group”

    the opportunity to work with some of the most influential photographers of all time; the stars of images that are referenced time and time again, resonating even with those who have never opened a fashion magazine. "I loved Herb Ritts and I loved Helmut Newton," says Crawford. "A lot of the guys I worked with are gone: those two, [Richard] Avedon and [Irving] Penn. I don't know if it can get better than that group. Sometimes, when you are working with young photographers and they say, 'This is so Helmut', I'm thinking, 'No, not really. I was there with Helmut, this is not Helmut'."

    Which is her favorite image of herself? "Herb took more pictures of me super-natural, no makeup – that's how I wish I looked when I woke up in the morning."

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