London: She may be a former model and a mum, but Cindy Crawford is still as ravishing as ever. The beauty now reveals all about her kids, sex, marriage, ageing and pole dancing in an interview.
"There are no steps to learn with pole-dancing and after having kids it’s great to re-tap into that sexuality and sensuality," a tabloid quoted her as saying.
"You dance to music differently because you hear it differently. And my husband does not complain."
That lucky husband is Rande Gerber, the club owner she married in 1998. She fell for him after divorcing film star Gere in 1995. They live in Malibu with their children Presley, 11, and Kaia, 9.
“It’s the first relationship where I was friends first.”
"I recommend that. The other stuff goes up and down but if you actually like the person, it will hold you together," Crawford said.
“We’re not people who talk 20 times a day but I need to check in more than Rande does. I’m the woman, the more emotional one.”
"He’d be happy to never talk about the relationship again. Rande’s philosophy is, `If everything’s good, why talk about it, and if it’s bad, why talk about it?`"
When asked on how they have managed to keep romance alive after 12 years she replied, "If you just wait for the moment to strike," she said, "you’re going to have some dry spells. Sometimes you have to grease the wheels a little.
"You just need to make it a priority and say tonight is going to be the night. If you’re not in the mood, it’s easy enough to get into the mood."
Despite her drop-dead gorgeous looks, Crawford’s regime is reassuringly down-to-earth.
She said, "I’m not measuring myself to look the same as I did because if I did that would be deeply frustrating at best. I can’t cheat any more - I’ve learned to fake it.
“I’ve tried botox but I’m afraid of it. I don’t think injections should be used to change your face. I’m not a fan of fillers at all. If you’ve gone 35 or 40 years without big lips, I don’t think it’s time to start plumping them up artificially.”
"I won’t say ``no`` to plastic surgery. But, again, it scares me. If it changes how you look it’s a failure and you can’t take it back."
For a woman whose looks brought her fame and fortune, Crawford is refreshingly positive about the effects of getting older.
She says, "I have a soft spot about seeing Rande ageing - maybe because I want him to see me through that same lens.
“I’ve been getting my hair coloured since I was 30 so I don’t know how grey I am. But Rande is going grey and I like how he looks. It’s very sweet and endearing. I want to show my daughter that it’s OK to age. If the kids go for ice-cream, I’ll get ice-cream. I don’t want Kaia to think being a beautiful woman is about depriving yourself.”
“You have to come to terms with what you’re not going to do. I’m not going to speak French, I’m not going to play concert piano.”
"But I like the way I am with my family and I’m amazed I’m still thriving in a career I thought far gone from at this age."
Crawford has clearly moved on since her four-year marriage to Gere, which ended in 1995.
"My ex-husband was very involved with Tibetan Buddhism and I found it interesting at first but it just wasn’t my thing.
"And that’s OK. That didn’t make me less valid as a person."
Post-Gere, family is all to Cindy. "My son is more like Rande and my daughter’s definitely more me. She likes school and she cares. My son is more like my husband. School is something to be tolerated for the PE, break time and his friends."