In a recent interview with Parade, the supermodel's supermodel, Cindy Crawford, weighed in on what she sees as the challenges facing young models in today's industry.
Crawford discussed filming a commercial with her family for the first time for Propel Zero, though she insisted that she doesn't actually think her children are aware that their mother is such an iconic figure in the fashion industry: "By the time I had my kids, I wasn't on the cover of Vogue every month anymore, so it wasn't quite as in their faces," she told the magazine.
Her most interesting anecdotes, however, center around her thoughts on the modeling industry today, and how much harder it is for a working model today:
"I do feel like an outsider now, but I just saw the CoverGirl commercial with Taylor Swift and I thought, 'Wow, it is so hard for models to get a job these days.' You have to sing and act, too. There doesn't seem to be as much work specifically just for models. And I also think when I was modeling, size 6 was a normal size and now it's like 2 or 0."
The fact that the average size for a model has shrunk is not necessarily new, but having a super like Cindy highlight the fact that the jobs that used to be reserved for talented models is worth noting. Indeed, as fashion and beauty advertisements increasingly feature celebrities over models, the pressure on young models to make one's self into a major brand straight out of the gate is more intense than ever.