Cindy Crawford Gives the Skinny on Her Success on ‘Oprah’s Master Class’

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Cindy Crawford Gives the Skinny on Her Success on ‘Oprah’s Master Class’

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Don't hate Cindy Crawford because she's beautiful! The top '80's and '90's supermodel has brains and beauty -- and she recently taught us a thing or two via an up close and personal look at her life on Oprah Winfrey's "Master Class."

Here's the skinny on Cindy's success.

Financial Freedom

Talk about an aha moment! Her parents' divorce taught a teen Cindy Crawford a thing or two about financial independence.

Cindy says: "My father would give my mother money every week, her child support, but if he was mad at her because she's gone out on a date …he wouldn't give her the money that week. And sometimes that meant we didn't get grocery money or gas money. And I saw that and said 'This will never happen to me. I will never be in that situation where I can't take care of myself.'"

Educating Cindy

She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and earned an academic scholarship to Northwestern University to study chemical engineering. But while a calculus professor's quip that she must be in the wrong class had her ticked, a few months later she decided to trade college for couture, surmising that she only had a short window of time to make it as a model and could finish school later. (Turns out that was smart deductive reasoning on her part!) Today she says, "I don't consider myself a model. That's a noun. I model for a living. Model is not who I am, it's what I do."

The Wrong Gere

Her high-profile marriage to actor Richard Gere fizzled after four years, and Cindy reveals her young age played a big part in the relationship's demise.

"At 22, as a young woman, I was kind of still figuring out who I was and what I wanted to be, and he was already 37, so in some ways he knew that I was growing and changing. But I didn't want to hear it from him," she says.

She had better success when she met hubby #2, Rande Gerber.

"When I met Rande, I was ready for Rande," she says. "We started off as friends, and I know that Rande and I, we will always be friends, no matter what. Being rooted and based in friendship, it keeps the relationship elevated. There's always a certain level of respect … I would want that friendship in my life no matter what."

You can watch Cindy talk about her relationship with her husband here.

"Oprah's Master Class" airs on Sundays at 10/9c on OWN.

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