Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford was born February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois. She is a former American model with an estimated net worth of $100 million. She was discovered at the age of 16 while detasseling corn, and received enough positive feedback that by age 17 she entered Elite Model Management's Look of the Year and won runner-up. The Elite Modeling Agency in Chicago then started to represent her. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984 as Valedictorian, and attended North Western University for one semester studying chemical engineering, then dropped out to pursue her modeling career full time. In 1986 she moved to New York, where she was signed with Elite New York modeling agency.
Cindy's post modeling career has been arguably much more lucrative. Crawford has lunched a line of beauty products called "Meaningful Beauty" in partnership with the direct response marketer Guthy-Renker. Cindy also created a brand of home furnishing products called the "Cindy Crawford Home Collection" which can be purchased at a large number of retail locations. In 2009, Cindy created a line of furniture and other household accessories for the retailer J. C. Penny.
During her career she was featured repeated times on the cover of several magazines including People, W, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. A partial count in 1998 totaled over 400 apperances. She also began on Film and TV. In the mid 90s she was host of MTV's "House of Style", and appeared in several Pepsi commercials. In 2002 she was named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. She quit modeling in 2000, but continues to be involved in a number of projects. Crawford was married to actor Richard Gere from 1991 to 1995. She married Rande Gerber in 1998 and they have two children together.