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    fit great and it was beautiful." Day-to-day, Crawford favors what she calls the 'Malibu mom' look, wearing "jeans, a top or something that's one step above from a T-shirt, like a little silk blouse, then a leather jacket over that."

    She's careful to divide her week so she can pick up 13-year-old Presley and 11-year-old Kaia, her children with her entrepreneur husband, Rande Gerber, from school, where she says her celebrity status counts for very little. In fact, the 'mom' effect is something Crawford has embraced, rather than shying away from it in an attempt to deny the aging process. But she is open about how hard she works to look good – the woman who sold more than five-million fitness videos in the '90s has a reputation, not to mention a body, to maintain. "I'm a

    “My new RESOLUTION is that by the TIME
    I am 50, I want to
    have come to terms
    with my BODY”

    normal woman, sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I'm like, 'Oh my God, nothing fits'. My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body," she says. "Because for me, being five pounds lighter, what it would cost me… I don't want to be like, 'Oh no, no salad dressing, no wine, no fun'."

    It's exactly that attitude, the one where a supermodel with a prolific (to date) 25-plus-year career voices the same thoughts we ourselves battle with each morning, that makes Crawford somehow even more grounded. There's a realism to her that, one imagines, may well be the quality that led to her success. I ask a final question: what makes her happy? The response is equally 'real': "My goal in life is not to be happy all the time. It's asking a lot. How would you even know you were happy if you were always happy? I just want to be present so I can experience whatever emotion is there. Sometimes it's joy, sometimes it's not joy and I'm fine with that. I just want to be real."


    Hair: Jen Atkin; makeup: Rachel Goodwin; nails: April Foreman, all at The Wall Group. Model: Cindy Crawford at Storm Models. Set design: JC Molina at CLM. Fashion assistant: Helen Broadfoot

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