CINDY CRAWFORD & KAIA GERBER

CINDY CRAWFORD & KAIA GERBER

FADE IN:

INT. CRAWFORD-GERBER RESIDENCE, MALIBU, CALIFORNIA — LATE MORNING

CINDY CRAWFORD and her daughter, KAIA GERBER, browse a rack of shirts hanging in CINDY’s closet, which recalls a small boutique. Bags are displayed neatly on shelves above racks that are organized by garment, and shoes are arranged in pairs by color. The family dogs, Widget and Sugar, scurry in and out.

CUT TO:

CINDY and KAIA perch with Widget and Sugar on top of a large island in the center of the room. A dummy copy of CINDY’s book, Becoming, is among the trinkets on the tabletop beside them.

CINDY
I thought about doing a book for a long time, but I didn’t want it to be just another coffee table book. Then the idea came to me to do iconic images along with essays that focus more on what I learned along the way. The pictures are what everyone recognizes, but the journey is what matters.

KAIA
I never thought you would actually do it, even though you’ve always been a talented writer. You were your high school valedictorian —

CINDY
I was. But you like to remind me —

KAIA
There were two! For 12 years of my life, you claimed to be valedictorian. You played that card. Then, I learned you were actually one of two co-valedictorians.

CINDY
That doesn’t take anything away from my 4.0 [laughs]! Working on Becoming was really the first opportunity I’ve had to write creatively.

KAIA
You’d show me material at every step, and once everything started coming together it was so exciting. People won’t only see your beauty, but your intelligence and positivity.

CINDY
As much as I did the book for my fans who grew up with me, it’s also for those people to share with their daughters the same way I’ve shared it with you. Which is why, throughout the process, your opinion was very important to me.

KAIA
Most people only know you through your photographs, so to read what you have to say about them is exciting. The images may be iconic, but until now nobody has heard the stories behind them from your point of view.

CINDY
Did I pay you for this?

KAIA
You can, later [laughs]. There are stories in the book that even I hadn’t heard before. You’ve always given me great advice, but I never realized how much you’ve accomplished.

CINDY
Fortunately, you’re still at a point where you’ll listen to me [laughs]. Especially when it comes to something like modeling.

KAIA
Who else knows better?! Your experiences have allowed me to enter the industry with more confidence.

CINDY
Still, there are some things you will have to learn for yourself.

KAIA
Yes, but you can help to prepare me. It’s good to have someone who can guide me along the way.

CINDY
Your dad and I want you to be happy — whatever that may mean — so if modeling is something you like and want to continue, I can provide a road map and help you make good choices. But we also want to preserve your childhood and let you be a 14 year old when you’re 14. There’s no rush.

KAIA
I agree. I should be a teenager while I’m a teenager. You didn’t start modeling till 16, and only really got into it at 18, and look at how successful your career has been. That said, I want to pursue it, so when opportunities present themselves —

CINDY
The right opportunities —

KAIA
The right opportunities — I’m more than happy to take them on, because it’s what I love.

CINDY
In Becoming, I write about how I learned to set boundaries and how I learned to say no, which, in the age of social media, are very relevant even if you’re not a model. Your father and I have always talked to you and your brother, Presley, about appropriateness, and you’re both good at checking before doing something that might not make us proud. I can’t say the same — I know you’ve been embarrassed when I use too many hashtags [KAIA laughs].

KAIA
Being a teenager isn’t the same as it used to be. I love platforms that allow you to share your life with the world, like Instagram and Twitter, but sometimes they create a skewed sense of reality.

CINDY
Do you feel pressure to create a good life on social media?

KAIA
A hundred percent. People expect you to be doing something cool all the time. In a normal life, that’s not happening. If you only share your best pictures, or your Facetuned self, the thought of people seeing you as you truly are can be scary.

CINDY
That’s not unlike fashion photography, which is all about details like where the light is or which frame the photographer picks. But now people consider those in their everyday lives. Sometimes they can be so worried about getting the perfect image to post that they forget to live in the moment.

KAIA
Once you said something like, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.” Unless they’re superhuman, nobody’s going to look perfect all the time.

CINDY
You’ve seen it first hand [laughs]! By the way, that’s how you’ll know when you find the right husband — when he thinks you look your best the way you wake up, without doing your hair, makeup, or anything.

KAIA
It’s reassuring to know even Cindy Crawford doesn’t wake up looking like ‘Cindy Crawford.’ That’s helped me learn to be happy with myself as I am.

CINDY
Your fearlessness is one thing I really admire. When I was your age, I never could’ve walked into an audition or onto a red carpet like you do.

KAIA
I mean, I walked a red carpet in a Minnie Mouse costume.

CINDY
You were three [laughs]! You also love makeup in a way that I never did. You have fun with it, which reminds me of the playful side of fashion that can get lost as one becomes an adult. Girls don’t play dress up when they’re little because they want to follow trends. They do it because it’s fun.

KAIA
Even now, I’ll go through your closet and find the most amazing clothes: ‘90s Versace, Jimmy Choo shoes… it’s the best closet to play dress up in, ever.

CINDY
Don’t you remember when your friends used to come over?

KAIA
All we’d do was try on your clothes, and you would photograph us.

CINDY
This is a dream closet. It’s definitely my sanctuary. It’s funny because you think it’s normal, so now you’ve converted an extra bedroom into your closet [laughs].

KAIA
I blame you! A closet this size is all I’ve known.

CINDY
If you ever move to New York, good luck. You’ll never find an apartment with a closet like this [laughs]. I worked very hard to get it.

KAIA
I remember looking at a photo of you when you were around 20. At first I thought, ‘That’s not my mom.’ But then I saw your hands, which looked exactly the same as they do now. Suddenly it hit me. You’ve become such a different person than you were back then, but whether it’s your hands, or the lessons you’ve learned, you’ve carried part of that girl with you. And that’s an amazing realization.

CREDITS

Photography byMichael Brager

Conversation moderated byAnthony Rotunno

Cindy Crawford is a model and the author of Becoming.
Kaia Gerber is a student and a model.

Hair by Brian Fisher, makeup by Hinako

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