The last true generation of supermodels created an entirely new business mold for superstars of the fashion world. Rather than disappear into an alcoholic or drug-filled ether like many models who were no longer considered young enough or perfect enough to continue gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runway, this new group spun their popularity into work as fashion designers, interior designers, television hosts, film and television producers, fashion agents, and directors of their own successful media companies. This generation of models was not content to wither away. Instead, they viewed their fashion success as a stepping-stone to other, more lasting, careers. One model that has exemplified this idea is Cindy Crawford. One of the first true supermodels, Cindy Crawford was literally everywhere in the 80s and 90s. Now in her early 40s, she can still be seen appearing in advertisements and campaigns, many of which are for her own furniture and home furnishings line, Cindy Crawford Home, and for the Meaningful Beauty line of cosmetics products that she created in 2005. Recently, she made headlines, when her ten-year old daughter appeared in the first ad campaign for Versace's new children's line. Her daughter, who looks remarkably like her, found the experience of modeling interesting, but ultimately unfulfilling. For now, her daughter's burgeoning career in front of the camera is on hold.
Due to the hectic nature of modeling, and the amount of scrutiny she endured during the height of her career, Ms. Crawford has actively maintained a low-key home life. Her stunning Malibu beach house, which she shares with her husband and children, is warm, inviting, beautifully designed, and as laid-back and real as Ms. Crawford herself. Purchased in 1998 for a reasonable $1.85 million, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house includes a number of smaller guesthouses, an outdoor pool overlooking the beach, floor-to-ceiling windows, and multiple decks. Recently, she and her husband have begun renting the house furnished or unfurnished, so if you have an extra $35,000 per month to spare, you too can live like a former supermodel.
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