"If I put on a few pounds it goes straight to my butt," the still-gorgeous 44-year-old beauty tells the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal. "I risk a picture in the National Enquirer with the headline, 'Cindy Does Cellulite!' Well, I do have cellulite."
At the height of her career, the DeKalb, Ill., native exercised for two hours a day, six days a week, but has since scaled back.
"I put pressure on myself because I have that Midwestern work ethic, but it never felt unhealthy," says the runway legend, who now hits the gym three times a week for one hour, doing a combo of stretches, cardio, squats, steps, and lunges.
Though the married mother of two adheres to a mostly Mediterranean diet of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and proteins like meat and fish, she does allow herself to indulge in favorites like dark chocolate and pizza.
"If the kids want to go for ice cream, I'll get ice cream, too," says Crawford, who was photographed for the magazine looking Malibu beautiful in beachy hair and a pale slip dress. "I don't want my daughter to think that being a beautiful woman is about depriving yourself. She sees me exercising. She sees me eating right. I want to be a good example for her."
That includes not hiding the fact that she has had a little help in maintaining her youthful glow. "When I was 30 I might have said, 'I'm just going to age in a way that honors time and is completely natural,' but I'm no longer so highbrow about it," says the entrepreneur, who uses sunscreen, moisturizer, and an anti-aging night cream regularly, and has skin-care lines at Sephora and on QVC.
"I've tried Botox but it scares me," she continues. "Plastic surgery is really scary, but as long as you don't use these things to change your face, I think it's OK." Ultimately, "I don't expect to look the way that I used to," says Crawford, "because at best that would be deeply frustrating."
In related news, read Cameron Diaz's thoughts on her body and aging.