Cindy Crawford - Ralph Notaro/Splash News
The Propel Zero ad you did with your husband Rande Gerber, and kids, Presley, 11, and Kaia, 9, was really cute. Did your kids really ask to be in it the night before? "100%! I was like, Rande, you have to do it because everyone knows what you look like, but we could have some fake kids -- real kids, just not my kids -- and we won't show their faces so they could kind of pass as my kids. Then the night before we were all out for dinner, and the kids were like, 'You're using fake kids? We don't want you to use fake kids.' It was a Sunday, so they didn't have school, and it ended up being a really nice family day. They ended up hanging out on set, and they also got to see what I do -- and that as much as I love it, it's still work."
Do either of them want to get into modeling or acting? "They're still so young, but I think I would be more surprised if my son wanted to, as he doesn't like to be the center of attention. My daughter is a little more theatrical. She said she wants to be a teacher, but that she might model first... because you don't need any training."
Did you tell her that? "No! She just made that assumption! I'll have to correct that."
Cindy takes a bike ride in Malibu, California. - James Breeden/Kevin Perkins/PacificCoastNews.com
Does that sort of work/life balance come with age? Do you still feel like you have to prove yourself as a businesswoman, and not just a former model? "I don't feel like that. I wouldn't even know what I'm trying to prove at this point. I'm not trying to prove that I look the same way as when I was 20. What I've realized as I've gotten older is that time is your most valuable commodity, and so I want to spend mine wisely, whether it be with my kids, my husband, or at work. Doing a girls trip, is it worth being away from my family? Once in a while it is, but certainly not every month, but having a night out with my girlfriends to talk and be heard, yeah, I need to do that."
In the past you've admitted to having Botox and vitamin injections. Would you ever consider plastic surgery? "I don't know a single woman that hasn't ever considered it, but at this point in my life, it's not something I think about. I've been taking care of my skin pretty well for 25 years now, and the single most important thing you can do is use sunscreen to keep it from getting further damaged. Something I learned from Dr. Sebagh, the doctor who I created my Meaningful Beauty skincare line with, is not to fluctuate that much in weight, because that takes a toll on your skin. Pick a weight that your body can maintain, and stay there -- and don't make it your skinniest weight because that's not achievable for the long term."
The model mom takes a stroll in Malibu with her husband Rande Gerber, and her kids, Presley and Kaia. - Matt Smith/Jeff …
Has your workout routine changed a lot over the years? "It changed after I had kids, because when I was in my 20s, my workout could take everything out of me and I could come home and be exhausted. Now I say to the trainer, 'Look, I need to leave here feeling more energized than when I came in.' I don't need to kill myself, but I'm still getting the results. I think as you get older, you appreciate you body for what it can do, not only for how it looks."
What do you eat to stay healthy? "I always say, 'Try to eat 80% good 80% of the time.' This morning I had oatmeal, and then for lunch I'll have a salad with chicken on it, and for dinner I'll probably have fish or sushi. I have red meat sometimes. I try to eat whatever my family is eating."
Do you worry that your daughter will develop bad eating habits as a result of our body image-obsessed culture? "I sure hope not, and I'm very conscious of it, so if we go out for ice cream as a family, I make sure I order ice cream. I might not eat it all, or I'll get the smallest portion, but I don't want her to think it's all or nothing -- that you have to deprive yourself in order to be considered beautiful."
What's the best thing about motherhood for you? "As you watch your kids grow into themselves and become their own person, they teach you things. Not just patience and all that, but things like, 'Do you know what an exoskeleton is?' The world is changing so fast and the things they're learning at school different from what I learned. I always knew I wanted to be a mom and have a family, more than any other thing I've done in my life, that's living my dream."
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