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Talking with Cindy Crawford's mom
By Barry Schrader.................................May
Jennifer Moluf seems to lead a normal life in DeKalb, with
three grown daughters, seven grandchildren to dote over and a
job at a local bank. But then theres that parallel life
being supermodel Cindy Crawfords mother.
Jennifer is a DeKalb native, attended high school locally and
married young the first time, having daughters Chris, Cindy and
Danielle in her early 20s. Chris now lives in the Chicago suburb
of Kildeer and has two sons, ages 12 and 14. Cindy lives in Malibu
and has a 10-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter. Danielle
lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with three children, ages
11, 9 and 6.
All three daughters and mother Jennifer appeared together in
a TV infomercial for the skin care line called Meaningful Beauty
a few years ago. Jennifer said it was shot right here in DeKalb.
Asked about a quote Cindy used in the product brochure, Jennifer
said the comment must have stuck with Cindy from earlier years.
Cindy said: My mother told me that the face you have at
age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after
50 is the face youve earned. And Jennifer assured
me the mole or beauty mark above her daughters
upper lip is real.
In a way, Jennifer has been involved in the fashion world herself.
She worked part-time in a dress shop in downtown DeKalb known
as the Clothes Horse, which featured smart womens wear.
She eventually bought the business and operated it for 10 years
until 2005, when she decided to close it. Since then, she has
worked at Resource Bank for nearly four years.
Cindy Crawford, now 43 and married to Rande Gerber, was
once valedictorian of her senior class at DeKalb High School.
Her mother, Jennifer Moluf, asked not to be photographed as she
prefers to remain anonymous. (AP)
Asked about the large mural that includes Cindy on Lincoln Highway,
she said they drove by to see it and Cindy thought it was
cute. I mentioned local people reporting Cindy sightings
when she is spotted around town and the last one I heard about
was at a furniture store on Sycamore Road, where she bought a
set of stools. Jennifer confirmed that and said they were for
a house Cindy still maintains in DeKalb.
said the whole family always manages to get together at least
once a year and she is planning a trip to Southern California
for a visit later this year.
Checking out some of Cindys ventures online, I found a
multitude of products and specialty lines that she has been involved
in creating. Along with her popular Cindy Crawford Home Collection
of furniture, she has just signed a multi-year contract with
J.C. Penney to promote her home decor line, making its debut
later this summer at the Penneys Manhattan store. This
fall, the entire chain of 1,100 stores nationwide will offer
a mix of moderately priced furniture, bedding, tableware and
window treatments under her name. This is according to a recent
article in Wall Street Journal.
The 43-year-old supermodel continues to be a big attraction on
magazine covers and in photo spreads in many popular publications.
She can be found in Vanity Fairs September 2008 issue,
in Allure for August 2008, in Michigan Avenue last October, and
in the French Vogue November issue. So far this year, she appears
in the April issue of Harpers, the April issue of Allure
and is on the cover this summer of the Australian edition of
Mens Style magazine.
Meanwhile, back in DeKalb, I asked Jennifer how many times a
week she meets people or sees old friends who inquire And
how is Cindy doing these days? Jennifer said, Quite a bit,
and I usually reply saying Oh shes just great.
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