Cindy Crawford has spent her life in front of the camera, but her most treasured shots come from her own family albums.
Growing up, I always liked to take pictures, and then when I started modeling, I would carry my camera around to document all the amazing places I traveled to. I remember walking around Paris like a tourist, snapping photos and thinking, “Oh my gosh, am I ever going to be here again?” But it wasn’t until later, when I met my husband, Rande [Gerber], that I finally started organizing all of my favorite shots.
My friend, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, gave me my first photo album as a gift in the late ’90s. It was the most beautiful leather-bound book, and it inspired me to print all the pictures from when Rande and I were dating. I started laying out the photos with amusing little captions to go with each one so that when my mom or Rande’s mom would come to visit and I was cooking dinner, I could just hand them an album and say, “This is what we were up to this year.”
Then, of course, when we had [our children] Presley and Kaia, we took so many more pictures. We wanted to remember every single moment with them. Rande and I would switch off taking photos of the kids, but to be honest, he’s more of the photographer and I’m more of the editor of our albums. That way I can tell the narrative of our year, and I also get to pick the better shots of me [laughs].
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Our albums are full of the things that every family does—birthday parties, vacations, recitals, holidays. They’re all candid snapshots, nothing professional like when we were photographed by Peter Lindbergh or anything like that.
I’ve put together 15 albums so far, about one a year, and I’m surprised by how much we actually refer to them. For Kaia’s birthday, Rande will look through them so he can find a photo to post on Instagram of him with Kaia when she was little. Or if it’s Halloween, I’ll say to Rande, “Do we have a picture from that time when we dressed up as Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love?” Just yesterday Kaia had a friend over, and they pulled an album off our shelf in the family room to flip through.
For me, these albums have always been the best reminder about how quickly time goes by. When I see the shots of my kids running around as babies, it puts the biggest smile on my face. People always say how much the kids look like Rande and me, but when I look at them, I don’t really see the resemblances. I just see them. Kaia and I have similar mannerisms, though, which I notice in the way we gesture with our hands and in our facial expressions. Presley is very much like Rande in those same ways. I look back so fondly on all the stages of their lives. Even now, it’s so exciting to see each of them becoming their own person.
With our phones and Instagram, we all spend time with pictures differently now, so making an actual photo album seems to be one of those things that have fallen by the wayside. It actually makes me treasure mine even more. They’re everything to me because they tell the story of my life.
Know Your Product: A Quick Guide to Organic Cotton
Getting to know your textiles is a huge part of learning how to shop sustainably and ethically. If you’re hopping on the bandwagon and seeking out a little ethical education, then well done you! Change really does start with shifting small habits, and given the fact that fashion is the number two contributor to global warming, it’s an awfully good place to start. When you’re starting to shop more sustainably and responsibly, you’ll notice that some brands will put up a big front claiming to be ethical and yet still use unsustainable materials and practices. A key fabric used in the world of fashion is cotton, in fact, it’s one of the most popularised, varied and widely used textiles out there. You might read cotton on a label and breath a sigh of relief, it is all natural and recyclable after all, right? The truth is not so simple. Here are the differences between run of the mill cotton and eco-friendly organic cotton, as well as a full run down on the benefits of going organic…
The Harvesting Process
The harvesting process for both organic and inorganic cotton is largely the same, the difference really starts in the kind of crop that’s being used. Organic cotton starts with a larger growing operation, as only the top quality segments of the crop are harvested instead of plucking as much as the plant as possible (as is the case with your regular cotton harvest).
Due to the larger surface area utilised during the growing of organic cotton, the crops are rotated more regularly. This rotation means that nutrients and natural soil properties are nourished instead of depleted. Overall, organic cotton growing uses 71% less water than regular cotton – which is an absolutely massive sum. Water usage restraint and conservation is vital for caring for the planet and treating the earth as kindly as we can.
Weeding and Chemicals
Organic cotton uses a natural weeding technique, meaning it is physically removed either by hand or by a machine. Regular cotton, on the other hand, relied on chemicals known as herbicides to kill weeds. This additional chemical is damaging to the environment and not great for the actual cotton either, the physical removal is far superior both for nature and for our final product. The same goes for insecticides, organic cotton harvesting chooses to use no chemical options whilst cotton uses toxic, chemical packed products to remove pests.
The differences noted throughout this article all contribute to the fact that organic cotton simply uses less energy in the harvesting and treatment process. This is largely due to reduced machinery use and less need for fertiliser or other chemicals. Organic cotton actually eats up a whopping 61% less energy than your generic cotton harvest – which is absolutely staggering when you think about it! This decrease in energy use is far better for the environment and results in a softer, more natural fabric for our clothing.
Your Final Product
Speaking of clothing! Your pieces are going to be far softer, more luxurious feeling and longer lasting – what more could you want out of your basics? Investing in an eco-friendly organic cotton tee shirt will actually save you money in the long run. If you do the maths, replacing a low quality tee shirt that damages the environment every year will cost you more than purchasing one beautifully made, soft piece that lasts you season after season.
Well, if you’re not switching to organic by now then what would it take to convince you? Get shopping for organic cotton clothing to treat the world and your wardrobe.