Cindy Crawford on Daughter Kaia Gerber: We Teach Each Other About Beauty

She got it from her mama — and vice versa too! Cindy Crawford may be one of the original supermodels, but the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, 50, insists that Kaia Gerber, who already has a promising career in the industry, imparts plenty of wisdom as well. 

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"I think we teach each other," Crawford said when Refinery29 UK asked about sharing beauty lessons with her 15-year-old daughter who she shares with husband Rande Gerber. "She's so unafraid of trying new things, partly because of her age, but partly because this generation has access to YouTube videos. She'll come downstairs and be like, 'Look, my makeup is different today.' She reminds me that makeup is supposed to be fun."

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But Crawford always reminds Gerber to take care of her skin too. “I think the best thing that she's learned from me, besides to wash it all off every night before you go to bed, is to use good products on your skin,” the Meaningful Beauty cofounder revealed. “You can get away with a very inexpensive eye shadow or lipstick, but make sure what you're putting on your skin is really good. And then, less is more: you don’t want people to say that your makeup looks really good; you want people to say that you look good."

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Taking Gerber to go-sees has also shown that fashion isn’t as welcoming to women with curves like yesteryear. "I have a daughter who is entering this world and the expectation is for them to be even thinner now," she continued. "I was always a size 6; I was never super skinny and I never felt bad about it. The photographers that I worked with loved that — Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts — they celebrated a woman’s body. You could have boobs, you could have hips, you could have a little extra flesh. Now the models are expected to so much thinner. That is the biggest change I’ve seen. Some girls are naturally that thin, but a lot of girls are not.”

Despite the new-school ideology, the former MTV House of Style host knows that a model body is achieved with good ol’ fashion discipline. "It’s not about looking 20, or looking 30, 40, or 50, it’s about looking like you take care of yourself," she said. "Exercising, eating right, taking care of your skin — that is looking great at every age, and that's the message that I really believe in, partly because I'm getting older. As much as I try to take care of myself I still don't look like my daughter when I wake up in the morning — and I don't want to feel bad about that."

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