"I think a lot of what happened with Richard and I was, I was still 22 and 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," she says about the start of their relationship.
"I just think your twenties for women is such a time when you're starting to come into your own and feel your own power and connect to your inner strength and it's hard to do that -- it's hard to change -- in a relationship, because what one person might have signed up for, all of a sudden, you're not that anymore," she says. "I think I was more willing at 22 to be, like, 'Okay, I'll follow,' but then you start going, 'Well, I don't want to just follow -- I want to lead sometimes and I want to walk side by side sometimes.'"
Though it didn't work out between the two, she does say that the actor taught her how to deal with fame.
"When I would see how he was with fans when they approached him, a lot of the times it wouldn't be a good moment to sign an autograph ... but I got to look to him to see how he created boundaries for himself that felt good. " ... He felt it was really just about making that connection, looking someone in the eyes and making sure that they felt seen."
Check out the clip below to hear how she initially met Gere.
Oprah's Master Class featuring Cindy Crawford airs this Sunday at 10 p.m. on OWN.
How Cindy Crawford Changed During Her Marriage to Richard Gere
In 1991, 22-year-old Cindy Crawford married actor Richard Gere. When they met, Richard had been a famous movie star and celebrity for years, and Cindy was a supermodel on the rise. Watch as Cindy reveals what she learned from their high-profile, four-year marriage. Plus, find out how their relationship helped her find her inner voice.