Cindy Crawford has admitted that even she used to get annoyed when she saw fellow catwalk star Kate Moss eating junk food while still managing to stay in shape.
The 54-year-old supermodel said that, as a young woman, she was never able to eat what she wanted and still fit into the clothes she had to wear at fashion shows.
But she said she now chooses to eat well rather than diet.
She told Red magazine: “I don’t like the word ‘diet’, but I still choose to eat well. I was never one of the people who could eat what I wanted – even I used to get annoyed when Kate Moss would be eating a burger and fries and smoking a cigarette.
“When I moved to New York, I knew I was going to have to change the way I ate or I wouldn’t be able to get into the clothes – and, by the way, the clothes were much bigger then than the sample sizes now.
“But the way I’ve exercised has changed. In my 20s, I would work out hard and flop down on the couch. Then, I had little kids and realised my workouts couldn’t tire me any more, they actually had to energise me instead.
“Now my goal is not to get hurt. So, I have added a lot more stretching and Pilates, and I don’t feel as compelled to do those tough workouts any more.”
The US star, who has graced the cover of fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, said she had generally had good experiences doing nude and swimsuit shoots.
However, she picked out one with Sports Illustrated early in her career in which she felt as though she did not have a voice.
She said: “I have done a lot of nudes and swimsuit shoots, but the ones you regret are the times you feel pressured in the moment.
“When I did Playboy with (US fashion photographer) Herb Ritts, I felt totally comfortable. I could have killed the whole shoot if I wanted and that allowed me to do it in a way that felt safe.
“But there were times when I haven’t felt I had a voice. I did the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue early in my career and the woman overseeing it was very controlling.
“I remember getting to Thailand and she wanted me to wear a turban for the first shot. At the time, I thought ‘I am not sure the guys who read Sports Illustrated think that turbans are very sexy’, and I voiced that, and she did not like it.
“I ended up only having one small picture in the magazine. I thought ‘Wow, I’m being reprimanded for speaking my mind – I’m not really down with that’.”
– Read the full interview with Cindy Crawford in the March issue of Red, on sale from February 4. https://www.redonline.co.uk