Cindy Crawford Wanted to Remove Her Trademark Mole After Being Teased in School

Cindy Crawford, circa 1990
Cindy Crawford says she was bullied in school about her signature mole, with kids asking if she had "chocolate on her face"; read more from her new memoir Becoming! Terry O'Neill/Getty Images

In her just-released memoir, BecomingCindy Crawford confesses that before she blossomed into the supermodel, businesswoman, and newly minted author that she is, she had to overcome one big insecurity: her trademark mole.

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According to the Daily Mail, Crawford, 49, writes that she used to be taunted by the boys on her school’s football team in DeKalb, Ill., who’d shout at her, “Hey, little Crawford, you have chocolate on your face!”

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The mom of two admits that she talked to her mother about having the beauty mark, which sits right above her upper lip, removed, but her mom said, “You know what your mole looks like. You don’t know what a scar will look like.”

Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford and Presley Gerber
Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford, and Presley Gerber at ‘The Hospital In The Sky’ Asian premiere presented by OMEGA on June 16, 2015 in Hong Kong. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Omega

Of course, since then, Crawford’s mole has become her signature, so much so that she says it’s become iconic in its own right. “If I ever had it removed, I wouldn’t feel like me anymore,” she told The Edit. “My fans worry about it a lot, you know—to the point where I’m wondering whether the mole should have its own Twitter account and Instagram page, just like Harry Styles‘ ponytail!”

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That said, there is one person who was less enamored with it: Crawford’s 16-year-old son, Presley, who inherited his mother’s mole. “My daughter, Kaia, didn’t get the mole but my son, Presley, did and he wanted to get it removed,” Crawford recently revealed to the Los Angeles Times. “I took him to a doctor who said exactly what my mom said to me: ‘You’ll have a scar.’ But it was good because he made the decision himself not to have it removed.”

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