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Evening in America: Cindy Crawford and the State of Supermodels

After Cindy came Tyra, and after Tyra came a series of drones — can a supermodel be a real star anymore?

Updated: August 15, 2011, 12:49 PM ET
By Molly Lambert

"Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford." - Cindy Crawford She was the valedictorian of her high school class, discovered at 16, working a summer job in a corn field in Illinois, by a newspaper photographer. How did Cindy Crawford gain so much status in an industry dedicated to replaceable people? By being different. Not too different, of course. But Crawford recognized how to market herself as a product with name and face recognition. She sold an image of glamour and control, and ...

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