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Name: Cynthia Ann Crawford                                                                   
Born: 20 February 1966 DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.                                                 
Cynthia Ann Crawford (born February 20, 1966, in Dekalb, Illinois) is an                     
American supermodel, MTV television personality, celebrity endorser, cover girl,             
and actress.                                                                                 
Born in DeKalb, Illinois, to John "Dan" Crawford and Jennifer Sue Walker                     
Crawford in 1966, Cindy Crawford's trademark is a visible mole (or "beauty mark")             
on her upper lip. She is so closely associated with this physical feature that               
she appeared in an advertising campaign for chocolates featuring commercials                 
wherein she "licked off" her own mole. During the beginning of her career, the               
mole was removed from many of her earlier modeling pictures, including her first             
Vogue cover.                                                                                 
She was discovered by chance by a newspaper photographer, who noticed then-16-year-old       
Cindy at work during her summer job of pollinating corn and took a picture of                 
her. The photo and the positive feedback she received were enough to convince                 
her to take up modeling. She entered the John Casablancas Look of the Year                   
contest and was the runner up.                                                               
Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984, as valedictorian with a                   
4.0 GPA.[citation needed] She won an academic scholarship to study chemical                   
engineering at Northwestern University, which she attended for only one quarter.             
She dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career. After working                 
for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, Cindy moved to Manhattan in 1986.             
Her brother died at a young age from leukemia, and Crawford has made childhood               
leukemia a focal point of her charity work, donating proceeds of her calendars               
to medical research.                                                                         
From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV's House of Style. In the mid-1990s               
Crawford starred in famous Pepsi and Pepsi Stuff advertising. In 1995 Crawford               
took her first movie role in Fair Game. Her performance was panned by critics,               
and the film was a financial failure, with expenses of $50 million and $11                   
million takings at the box office. She has had several other minor acting jobs               
since then, none of which have been commercially or critically successful.                   
Crawford is just over 5 feet 9 inches (177 cm) tall, with brown hair and eyes.               
Her measurements are 34"-26"-35". During the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy was among                 
the most popular supermodels, a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, runways,             
and in fashion campaigns. In July, 1988, she became the first modern supermodel               
to pose nude for Playboy magazine, in a shoot by photographer Herb Ritts. In                 
October, 1998 Crawford returned to the pages of Playboy for a second, more                   
revealing nude pictorial.                                                                     
She has been featured on the cover of many magazines, including Vogue, W, People,             
Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. Cindy also appeared in many                 
fashion campaigns during her career, including those for Gianni Versace, Escada,             
Revlon, Ink. She has also worked for Omega, Maybelline, and Clairol. Of her,                 
famous designer Karl Lagerfeld has said: "She is a classical beauty and the all-American     
dream girl."                                                                                 
She was ranked number 5 on Playboy's list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th               
century. A 1997 Shape magazine survey of 4,000 picked her as the second (after               
Demi Moore) most beautiful woman in the world. In 2002, Crawford was named one               
of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine. She continues to provide                 
celebrity endorsement for a variety of projects and was featured as #26 in the               
2006 Hot 100 issue of Maxim magazine.                                                         
In 2005, Cindy created a beauty product with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh called                     
Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker.