Cindy Crawford was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois.
Crawford is a Protestant, but in some articles and interviews earlier in life, she didn’t seem very dedicated to the church. One article described her as a “nonpracticing Protestant.” And in another article she described her views as unconventional:
I’m religious but in my own personal way. I always say that I have a Cindy Crawford religion – it’s my own.
But after she had her first child, the Cindy Crawford religion sounded a little more like Presbyterian. She told one magazine that she would raise her children Protestant while still exposing them to Judaism, her husband’s religion. And in 2007 she hosted a fundraiser event for the Malibu Presbyterian Church which was described as her “home church.”
So it seems like she’s fairly religious now, even if she wasn’t in the past.
The label we’re able to put on Crawford’s political views is Independent. For instance, she supported Barack Obama in 2008 and even donated a few thousand bucks to his campaign, but then appeared in a fundraising video for Mitt Romney during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011.
As a model, it seems she is automatically the focus of scrutiny by some feminists, and she’s received her share of criticism. But she doesn’t shy away from a response:
When I did ‘Playboy,’ I got letters from women who didn’t consider it feminist to do nude photographs. I thought the whole POINT of being a feminist was that you got to make your own choices.
She appeared in a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) anti-fur campaign and signed a statement with them that she would refuse to wear fur. And then she did, a few times, on the covers of magazines. That change of heart prompted PETA to call her a “morally bankrupt washed-up former model.”
She hasn’t said anything that I could find about gay marriage, but she’s apparently a supporter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). And she tries to do her part to be eco-friendly by cutting down on the number of plastic bags she uses and eliminating plastic water bottles from her home.
It appears that Crawford is going to blaze her own path through politics, and isn’t going to do what people expect. It’s like her religion: she’s got her own Cindy Crawford brand of politics to which she adheres.