12-1999 Mademoiselle

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Because of the 10 year anniversary of "House of Style" Mademoiselle had an interview with the three hosts of the show: Cindy Crawford, Daisy Fuentes and Rebecca Romijn.

Mademoiselle: Normal women need to hear that we're attractive, a simple affirmation. How important is it for you to be told you're beautiful?
Cindy Crawford: The nicest thing my husband can say to me is he loves the way I look right when I get out of the shower.
Rebecca Romijn First thing in the morning.
Cindy: Right. Because no one wants to take our picture until we've been in the makeup chair for two hours. We're not even acceptable until then. You start to think you don't look good without that. And so if there's someone you really care about - your friends or your husband or your boyfriend - and they tell you that you look good - without concealer, lipliner, push-up bras, designer clothes - that is important.
Rebecca: Absolutely true. When we hear it at work, it's hollow. During a shoot, people are shouting, "Rebecca you're beautiful. You look beautiful. You look beautiful."
Cindy: Or "The hair looks great."It's not about you.

Mademoiselle: Is beauty off-putting, intimidating? Scary, even?
Daisy Fuentes: It's scary in that it's temporary. I mean, come on. We all get older and that goes away.
Rebecca: It's not that it goes away. It evolves.
Daisy: One kind of beauty goes away, and another comes out. You start to think that it's important to be beautiful, not just look beautiful. And, hopefully, you can carry it with you when the external part isn't so important anymore, when you're not making a living off that.

Mademoiselle: I've dealt with that torment my whole life.
Cindy: I've never thought of beauty as scary. Obviously, the three of us have found a way to capitalize on it. I'm not saying, "Gee, I wish I didn't look this way." But there are times when it can be intimidating. More so with other women. If my husband and I are having dinner with another couple, I don't go as a supermodel. I put on less makeup. I wear a ponytail. And nothing tight. I don't want that to get in the way of a woman open to me as a person. And I work extra hard at being humble or funny. Because some women, unfortunately, will just assume you're dumb.
Daisy: Or a bitch.
Rebecca: And they form an opinion about you before you have a chance to disprove it.
Daisy: If someone has seen you on TV for a minute, and, because of whatever you were saying or doing at that minute, they develop this whole idea of who you are. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's shitty. It's hard to live up to the good and hard to break past that wall.

Mademoiselle: Of shitty?
Daisy: Well, yes.

Mademoiselle: Do you feel that you have to overcompensate? Read more books?
Daisy: I don't.
Cindy: I used to.
Rebecca: I do.

Mademoiselle: So why did you, Cindy, grow out of that?
Rebecca: Yeah. How can I grow out of that?
Cindy: It's just part of growing up. Most people try to please everybody, and you realize, as time goes on, that you can't. It's a losing battle. You really just have to work at pleasing yourself. And not in a selfish way. I finally realized that I don't wear makeup for men. Every man that I have ever been with does not like makeup.
Rebecca: That's true.
Cindy: But I do wear makeup. I wear it because I feel better with it on. As soon as you start owning those things, saying "I'm doing this for me" not "I just spent hours getting ready for you," you'll be happier.

Mademoiselle: So is this something that you learned in therapy?
Cindy: Life is therapy. And, no.

Mademoiselle: Do people ever say to you, "You're not nearly as pretty in person"?
Cindy: People say I look small. They're used to that glamazon lager-than-life supermodel thing. Or people say that I look like me. Some models, unless they have their hair and makeup on, they don't look like themselves.
Daisy: People say to me, "You look like Daisy Fuentes." And I say, "Yeah, I am."And then they say, "No you're not." And I say, "Do you want to see my driver's license?"
Rebecca: I went to Disneyland on Sunday, and this girl who was working Splash Mountain says to me, "Oh, my God, you look normal!"
Cindy: Did that happen when you were waiting on line or when you were going in the back way?
Rebecca: I was going in the back way!

Mademoiselle: I waited on line at Splash Mountain for an hour.
Rebecca: There are definitely some perks to being a famous model.

Mademoiselle: Is there guilt? You're all gifted with beauty. how do you come to terms with that?
Rebecca: It's just good genes. I can't take credit at all. I give my parents credit for hooking up, and that's it.
Cindy: I just say that I got a good envelope. What I am - my spirit or soul - is what is inside. But I got lucky. I got a good envelope to put it all in.
Rebecca: It's hard sometimes, because we're given so much because of it. It's like, "What did I do?"

Mademoiselle: Which brings up an interesting point. Since you've all been judged by your appearances your whole lives, do you judge others by theirs?
Cindy:You can't help it. That is the first input you have. So, I catch myself doing it. I try not to, but I am human.
Rebecca: We live in a very visual society. We have kind of been programmed to see people in those terms.
Daisy: In a way, that's why style can become important - because it says a lot about a person's personality.

Mademoiselle: How you choose to look.
Daisy: How you present yourself. If someone dresses out of the hamper, it says something about their personality. I don't make the decision about whether that's a good person or a bad person, or if that is somebody that I want to associate with or not, but is does send me a message about who that person is.
Cindy: It's just like the person who always has his shirt buttoned up all the way.
Daisy: That doesn't exactly say that he swings from the chandeliers while making love all night.
Cindy: I wouldn't know, Daisy!

Mademoiselle: Do you feel pressured to look good all the time?
Cindy: I've let that go.
Daisy: Not at all. I don't look good all the time.
Rebecca: I kind of feel like I let people down if I don't look good. People want me to look like the magazine covers.

Mademoiselle: Who does?
Cindy: Everyone. Like my mom. When I go home, she says, "Why don't you put a little makeup on! If I go to the bank where my mom used to work, she wants them to like... they want to see Cindy Crawford, they don't want to see Cindy."
Daisy: With my mom, we'll be heading out the door and she'll say, "Are you going to go like that?"
Rebecca:My mom always says, "So are you going to let your eyebrows grow in while you're home?"

Mademoiselle: She wants you to grow out your eyebrows?
Rebecca: She wants me to go back to the way she made me. She's like, "I made you perfect the first time. Don't let them mess you up."
Mademoiselle: Can we trade mothers?

Mademoiselle: What's your secret weapon? The personality trait or smile that you know will make whomever you're dealing with putty in your hands?
Cindy: You mean a physical thing?

Mademoiselle: Sure. Or a personality thing. For example, I think the thing that makes me feel comfortable meeting people is that I'm funny. Maybe that's not showing up today.
Cindy: A secret weapon? I knew I was missing something. I can't believe it. I'm thirty-three and I don't have a secret weapon. That is something I need to work on.
Rebecca: It's the mole.
Cindy: Oh, no, not that!
Rebecca: It carries unknown powers. Okay, I know what mine is. I'm a good audience. I can appreciate other people's humor really well. And I laugh really easily, and that makes other people feel comfortable.
Daisy: I do have the ability to weed out the assholes from the coll people. And I think that is important. Most of the time, anyway. It's useful. Especially when dating.

Mademoiselle: How do you deal with the modeling being all style, no substance?
Cindy: It's our job. People put too much importance on it. When you are modeling, you are selling a product, or a magazine, or clothes. But as long as I get to enjoy the day - if I work with people I like and we get the pictures done and the client is happy - it's a job well done. If we dwell too much on the fact that we're not curing cancer... but, then again, because of my modeling, I have been able to donate a lot of money to the Leukemia Society. We can go to events, raise awareness and raise funds. Maybe some of that money might go toward a cure.

Mademoiselle: Shut my mouth.
Cindy: What you're really asking is are we shallow.

Mademoiselle: No!
Cindy: Oh, come on, I can read between the lines.

Mademoiselle: I'm shallow! I'm superficial!
Rebecca: You know, you're funny. You're really very funny.

Mademoiselle: Can you tell us any fashion-victim stories? Looking back, what makes you cringe?
Rebecca: My prom dress.

Mademoiselle: Tafetta?
Rebecca: Raspberry taffeta with ruffles. My mom made it, so I had to wear it.
Cindy: I did get a little involved in the Flashdance look.

Mademoiselle: Did you have a metallic headband?
Cindy: No, but I did have the gloves without the fingers. And I have been known to wear a shirt off the shoulder.
Daisy: I did the Cyndi Lauper look. With huge '80s hair.

Mademoiselle: I adored big hair. I still do.
Cindy: Huge hair was a hard habit to break. And '80s makeup! You had to wear so much. After that, I always felt like I didn't have enough makeup on.
Daisy: I had a white leather jacket with fringe.
Rebecca: Now that's cool; don't you wish you still had it?
Daisy: I sold it a while ago. But I've still got the pictures.

Rebecca's Laid-Back Approach to Looking Great

Rebecca Romijn considers herself "a girly girl in the sense that I love being pampered, but I don't do the whole hair and makeup thing." She's not kidding. By day, Rebecca is positively fresh-scrubbed. Even her going-all-out party face is decidedly low-key - only mascara and lipgloss. Not a big moisturizer fan ("I don't use it because I have oily skin," she explains), Rebecca keeps her skin smooth with SkinCeuticals serums (treatment she uses: SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin C Serum SPF 15 and SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel). She does have to contend with the occasional occupational hazard. "I play an evil mutant in the movie I'm currently filming (due to be released next Christmas). Every day, they dye me blue from head to toe. It's so hard to get the dye off. I look like I've been hit by a Mack truck. I finally called the producer and said they can't dye my face. It's my livelihood." Ass for her hair, she's not inclined to fuss around with her natural waves. "My hair can get pretty unruly, so I make sure I have a rubber hand with me at all times so I can just tuck it up in some messy undo." For big events, a straightening iron is the tool of choice for getting out the kinks. Her favorite at-home conditioning treatment: She applies Leonor Greyl's Palm Oil and then wraps her hair up in a hot towel. Something she hates to do: "Shave my legs. So I sand them instead, which is great because I can do it while I'm on the phone or watching TV." Despite these minimalist tendencies, Rebecca admits she's a sucker for a perfect pedicure. "I'm into sparkly red polish right now. I'm so over pastels."

Finding All the Right Movies

Rebecca Romijn swears by Pilates: "It's improved my body, my walk, even the way I stand". "I did the gym thing for a long time, but I'm basically over it" (except for a few occasional climbs on the stair machine when she feels especially sluggish), says Rebecca, who, like many celebs, is a devout Pilates convert. "When I lifted weights, the goal was just to get it out of the way or at least get through it. With Pilates, I've developed a totally different relationship with my body, I've got mild scoliosis, and for the first time that I remember, I'm not seeing a chiropractor." God thing she's been blessed with what appears to be a hyperactive metabolism: This girl likes to eat: "I've got a huge sweet tooth," she confesses. "Every afternoon at four, I have to have a candy bar or ice cream. I thing anything is okay in moderation. I also don't have an addictive personality, which helps." If she needs a quick pick-me-up, "I have a Red Bull Energy Drink," a German sports beverage. When she really needs to get away from it all, Rebecca heads for the nearest cineplex. "I'm an easy audience. I don't critique movies, I just go for the escape." Flying is another retreat: "It's on of the few things I do where no one can call me or bug me."

Original article: Mademoiselle 12/1999

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