Cindy Crawford

  

Happy Birthday Cindy Crawford. This beauty icon won’t be fudging the number of candles on her cake. She has embracing her imperfections for years and won’t be embarrassed by her number of years (49… real 49, not euphemism).

But her embrace of beauty failings go way back as described in the article “My Mom Convinced Me to Keep My Mole

  • “Cindy Crawford is the envy of many a lady (and the love of many a Pepsi drinker), but the brunette beauty, 48, wasn’t always enthused about her looks, most notably her trademark mole. In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, the former supermodel discusses how she got a little family support when it came to self-criticism during her youth. ‘[My mother] talked me out of getting my ‘ugly mark’ — as my sister called it — removed,’ she said of her mole. "Apparently if it was on the right side it was a beauty mark, and if it was on the left it was an ugly mark. I would get teased by the other kids in school, so I definitely wanted to get it removed.’ But, thankfully, Crawford’s mother made her ponder the alternative: what would she look like without it? ‘My mother always said, ‘You know what your mole looks like, you don’t know what the scar is going to look like.’’ Today, says Crawford, the mole is so much a (welcome) part of her face — a characteristic that undoubtedly helped launch her decades-long career. "It’s the thing that made people remember me, and it made a lot of women who also have beauty marks identify with me. They set you apart."

In fact, this week, pictures have been spreading virally displaying her un-retouched middle age self in full bikini swagger proudly showing off her mature look…

  • “No matter where the photo came from, it’s an enlightenment—we’ve always known Crawford was beautiful, but seeing her like this only makes us love her more. And as she told us at the premiere of her new documentary last week: “I really think—at any age—it’s learning to be comfortable in your own skin. …If women would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves. …What makes you the most attractive is self-confidence. That’s what people see.”

  

Cindy Crawford unretouched

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