Certainly one of Cindy Crawford’s many magnificence logos is her voluminous hair, and there is a purpose we have by no means seen the supermodel rock a pixie minimize: final time her hair was brief, it was in opposition to her will.
Crawford recounted the “traumatizing” expertise of getting her hair lopped off within the new Apple TV+ docu-series The Tremendous Fashions, which chronicles the rise of Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell. In a sit-down, Crawford remembers that early in her profession (she was simply 18 on the time), “I went to see a photographer, Patrick Demarchelier. He stated ‘advantageous, I’ll e-book her to go to Rome, however I need her to chop her hair off’.” To begin with, sure, Dermarchelier is the man Miranda Priestley wished on the cellphone that point. Second, it isn’t exceptional for a photographer or anybody concerned in a vogue shoot to request a hair change (Taylor Swift minimize bangs for Vogue and by no means regarded again), however a request is simply that: a request. And on this case, the request was declined.
“My company and I made a decision no, it wasn’t price it, so we stated, ‘no, she’s not chopping her hair’ they usually stated ‘advantageous, we’ll take her any manner.’ I used to be so excited, it was only a nice alternative. The very first night time, they despatched a hairdresser to my room to present me a trim… they comb my hair, put it in a ponytail, and chop my ponytail off with out asking,” says Crawford. She would not know, or would not say, who informed the stylist to chop her hair, however after Demarchelier’s staff had particularly agreed not to take action, she was understandably stunned. “I used to be in shock. And I simply sat there in a lodge room in Rome crying. And if folks surprise why I by no means actually minimize my hair since then, that’s why. As a result of I used to be so traumatized,” she explains.
Not solely was it a violation of her bodily self (her hair, however nonetheless, it is hooked up to her head!), the expertise made Cindy Crawford really feel that her phrases didn’t matter; folks had been going to make use of her how they noticed match. “I actually felt like I used to be not seen as an individual who had a voice in her personal future. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my hair brief, it was that I hadn’t voted myself in to have brief hair.”
She revealed she almost stop the biz because of this, considering on the time, “If that is what it means to be a mannequin, I’m simply not prepared for this.” Fortunately, she went on to have a fantastic profession, and ultimately, a optimistic relationship with Demarchelier, who handed away in 2022. In a 1995 interview, Crawford spoke about their work collectively, saying that she did not really feel that the photographer exploited her and that they joke concerning the hair incident now…however on the time, he laughed at her whereas she cried.