Icon as icon! World-famous supermodel Cindy Crawford covers the upcoming issue of Marie Claire Mexico -- where she channels late screen siren Maria Felix, who rose to fame during Mexico's golden age in film during the 1940s.
Crawford, 47 -- wearing a crisp white button-down shirt, stacks of baubles around her neck and wrists, and a blue hat casually draped across the right side of her face on the John Russo-shot cover -- sexily exhales with a cigar wrapped between her right middle and index fingers. She gives the camera a sultry-but-challenging gaze, one that reflects the late Felix's attitude as a sexual and strong woman.
Not much has changed since Crawford's rise to stardom. By age 20, she became part of the elite group of supermodels from the late '80s to early '90s, and was revered for her trademark mole and versatility. Photographer Russo sang the supermodel's praises following the shoot: "Cindy is iconic. She is the quintessential supermodel," he said. "Always professional and gracious, she enters the room as if it was her first shoot. She takes on whatever persona the shoot calls for. I love working with her."
His subject, meanwhile, told the magazine that she was pleased to portray a "passionate and strong woman" like Felix. The Marie Claire team who worked directly with Crawford also praised the model, calling her "down-to-earth." Back in the day, however, famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber wasn't that impressed; Earlier this month, Weber recalled (to HuffPo Live) a disastrous Revlon photo shoot during Crawford's heyday, when he showed her the door after he caught wind of her complaint, "Why is Bruce photographing those old boxers when he could have been photographing me?"
These days, the happily married wife of restaurateur Rande Gerber is raising two tweens, son Presley, 14, and daughter Kaia, 12. When she's not gracing global covers, she also runs her own home furniture line, Cindy Crawford Style.
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