Cindy Crawford on aging gracefully: 'I'm holding up'

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Cindy Crawford's 16-year-old son Presley Gerber drives. Very well. Her daughter Kaia, 14, models, is horrified by her mom's social media antics, and has 190,000 Instagram followers of her own.

Crawford is grappling with impending empty nest syndrome, and what's next for the legendary supermodel, who's 49. And she dug deep into her own past in Becoming, a glossy tome that's part fashion bible, part how-to guide that demystifies the glitzy world of catwalk stars.

She's equally candid about her own looks, saying everything takes work. She doesn't drink wine anymore, and says that her "days of doing shots are over." She doesn't eat soy sauce, opting instead for lemon on her sushi.

"Every year you have to add a little bit more. I still work out. When you exercise, you tend to want to eat better. So that evolves," says Crawford. "I use sunscreen. I wear hats. I don't smoke. The secret is, there's no secret. You just have to do it. I look at my daughter's skin and it's like, 'Awww.' And her hair is so healthy and shiny. But I'm holding up."

Presley wins at blue steel for sure

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Her motto: "I try to be 80 percent good 80 percent of the time."

The model, who during her heyday in the '80s and '90s was among the top faces of her time, along with Christy Turlington, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, was known for her professionalism and her smarts -- she had planned on studying chemical engineering at Northwestern.

And while the industry has become more accepting -- somewhat -- of differing body types, Crawford doesn't mince words about newcomer Gigi Hadid, who recently posted a heartfelt letter about haters who commented on her curves. Hadid, who is gregarious and polite in person -- not to mention, stunning -- needs to shut out the trolls.

"The fact that she felt she needed to respond to it — I mean, obviously it affected her. You can't help it. The younger you are, the louder the voices are in your head," she says.

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Crawford herself was grace under pressure when a doctored photo of her surfaced, showing a body very different from the flawless one in magazine covers and in countless snaps posted by her kids. It was clearly at odds with the real Crawford.

She got flowers and I got her. Happy Valentines Day @cindycrawford

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"Right. But let's put that aside," says Crawford. "Why would I want that picture out of myself? It was tricky to deal with. There was a core of support that I didn't want to reject. I didn't know what I wanted to say. That's what my book is about and that's how I try to live my life, to see what the lesson is. I felt bullied."

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And we had to ask her about Amal Clooney, wife of George -- who is buddies with Crawford's spouse Rande Gerber. He and Clooney launched a tequila line, Casamigos, and the Gerbers were at the Clooney nuptials in Venice. Do Crawford and Amal Clooney ever share clothes?

"We're not the same size. She's probably an inch taller than me," says Crawford. "She's obsession-worthy. She's obviously beautiful but she's the whole package. She's amazing."

And here's a look inside Crawford's closet, the holy grail of fashion buffs, courtesy of the Thick.com.

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Cindy Crawford on aging gracefully: 'I'm holding up'
HONG KONG - JUNE 16: Supermodel and OMEGA Ambassador Cindy Crawford poses with her daughter Kaia Gerber, and son Presley Gerber as they attend 'The Hospital In The Sky' Asian premiere presented by OMEGA on June 16, 2015 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Omega)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Model Cindy Crawford (R) and her daughter Kaia Jordan Gerber attend the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. Live Event Deck on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Lily Moulton, model Kaia Gerber, model Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber attend the Moschino Spring/Summer17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. LIVE Event Deck on June 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for MOSCHINO)
MALIBU, CA - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Kaia Gerber, Rande Gerber, model Cindy Crawford and Presley Gerber attend Rock4EB! 2015 with Ed Sheeran and David Spade on November 15, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for EB Kids)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 04: Model Kaia Jordan Gerber (L) and Presley Walker Gerber attend a book party in honor of 'Becoming' by Cindy Crawford, hosted by Bill Guthy And Greg Renker, at Eric Buterbaugh Floral on December 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Kaia Jordan Gerber (L) and model Cindy Crawford attend the Balmain x H&M Los Angeles VIP Pre-Launch on November 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber and their daughter Kaia Jordan Gerber are seen on June 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Wilbur/Star Max/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Actress Selma Blair, Kaia Jordan Gerber, model Cindy Crawford, and actress Jaime King attend the Balmain x H&M Los Angeles VIP Pre-Launch on November 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)
MALIBU, CA - AUGUST 29: Presley Walker Gerber, Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Jordan Gerber attend Kelly Slater, John Moore and Friends Celebrate the Launch of Outerknown at Private Residence on August 29, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Outerknown)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: (L-R) Kaia Gerber, businessman Rande Gerber, Presley Gerber and model Cindy Crawford attend Disney's 'Tomorrowland' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
(L-R) Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford and Presley Gerber arrive at the world premiere of 'Tomorrowland' held at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 theaters. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Kaia Jordan Gerber (L) and Cindy Crawford visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 4, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: (L-R) Rande Gerber, model Cindy Crawford, Kaia Gerber, and Presley Gerber attend the premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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Cindy Crawford in 2003 and her daughter Kaia today. (Getty/Instagram)
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