Cindy Crawford Stands on a Pile of Men in Donatella Versace's Fashion Tribute to Late Brother Gianni

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Cindy Crawford is standing tall.

The 51-year-old supermodel appears on one of InStyle’s March subscriber covers and is seen wearing a gorgeous gold Versace gown and confidently posing over a pile of shirtless male models. 

The image is in promotion of Donatella Versace launching the high-fashion brand's spring collection as a tribute to her brother Gianni, who was killed in 1997.

When asked about the recent resurgence of the original supermodels in pop culture, Crawford shares, "If you asked me when that moment really happened, I would have to say it was the Versace show when Christy, Linda, Naomi and I came out together lip-syncing to that George Michael song."

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You better work! Here to remind us what makes a supermodel most, our second special March subscriber cover star @cindycrawford lives out the fantasy of Donatella Versace’s spring collection, a tribute to her late brother, Gianni. “@Versace_Official celebrated powerful women but also beautiful and sexy women who are unapologetic about not being a victim,” she tells @EricWilsonSays. "Gianni loved women and wanted them to feel beautiful in the clothes." And she says his sister has continued that trend. "@Donatella_Versace has carried on the original brand, but she brings a female perspective as well.” Read the full tribute at the link in bio. | Photographed by @carterbedloesmith

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As for why Donatella, 62, decided to now honor her brother with a collection, she explains, "I wanted the young people who maybe weren’t even born when Gianni was creating the world of Versace to experience it firsthand. I want everybody talking about Versace again. I want to be on top."

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Given how instrumental @Versace_Official was in the original rise of supermodels, it seems fitting that the company would, like them, be experiencing a resurgence. “I want everybody talking about Versace again,” @Donatella_Versace told @EricWilsonSays from Milan. “I want to be on top.” Donatella has carried on the family torch as creative and artistic director since the death of her brother 20 years ago. “I admit I was very insecure for a long time, but today no more. Maybe it was the tribute collection that finally freed me of the burden I had and made me see the light, but I can say I feel liberated from the demons of the past,” she says. “I am stronger and more focused.” Read the full story at the link in bio. | Photographed by @carterbedloesmith

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So when did the concept of the original supermodel begin? “If you asked me when that moment really happened, I would have to say it was the @Versace_Official show when Christy, Linda, Naomi, and I came out together lip-synching to that George Michael song,” @cindycrawford tells @ericwilsonsays. The year was 1991, and the song was “Freedom! ’90." Gianni Versace’s fall show that year in Milan re-created the supermodel lip-synching scene from the music video, and it set the fashion world on fire. “With the generation before us, there were show girls, and there were print girls, and very few did both. Gianni was the first to say, ‘I want the women in my campaign to also be on the runway.’ It was palpable that something had shifted.” | Photographed by @carterbedloesmith

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During Milan Fashion Week in September, Donatella reunited the original supermodels that Gianni helped make famous all those years ago. On the Versace runway, Crawford, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen all donned matching metallic gold dresses while strutting their stuff to George Michael's "Freedom."

The show was designed to replicate an iconic moment from 1991, when four supermodels walked the catwalk as Michael sat in the front row.

Here's a look at the memorable moment Donatella created in memory of her beloved brother:


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