The Incredible Bikini Photo That Launched Cindy Crawford’s Career [PHOTOS]

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

Cindy Crawford only needed one photo to launch her entire career.

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, one of the world’s first supermodels revealed how she was discovered in 1982.

“When I was 16, Roger Legel, a local photographer in my small town of DeKalb, Illinois, asked to photograph me for the college newspaper,” Crawford said. “I agreed, and he shot this picture at the backyard pool of my high school boyfriend.”

“I was still a teenager and dreamed of becoming something big—a nuclear physicist or the first woman president, the two biggest jobs I could think of. Doing this first shoot changed my life.” (RELATED: Cindy Crawford Almost Got Her Famous Mole Removed)

“The photographer encouraged me to go to Chicago to try to find an agent. At the time, my dad thought modeling was a nice word for prostitution, so my parents were very protective of me. I went to Chicago, ended up signing with Elite, and from there started doing catalogue shoots as well as working with Victor Skrebneski—the most important photographer in Chicago.”

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(Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images)

“This one photograph opened my eyes to a whole new world and started me down the path of modeling.” (PHOTOS: Elizabeth Hurley Blows People Away With Swimsuit Shot)