When Cheryl reflects on her modeling experience, she says it's a lot different than the world of fashion today. "I don't know if it's harder or better or worse, but when I did Sports Illustrated, there would be the editor and the photographer and me and a suitcase full of bathing suits. We'd go off to a pretty beach and take pictures," Cheryl says. "[Today] the makeup artists have assistants and hairdressers have assistants. ... There are about 50 people on the set. But when I was doing it, [modeling] was very familial. It was very sweet and very personal. Today it's gotten to be a big production."
At photo shoots, Cheryl says she used to do her own hair and makeup, and she even helped the photographers carry the equipment. "The girls [now] are pampered a little bit more," she says.
Even though Cheryl was a natural beauty, she says she didn't always feel camera-ready. "I was always in competition with myself, as I said," Cheryl says. "Some days were not so good, and on those not-so-good days, I would drink a lot of water. I would talk to friends. I would go on a hike."
Today, Cheryl's still spectacular at 63 years old. When it comes to aging, she doesn't think the process is any worse for supermodels. "I think every woman, maybe every man, looks in the mirror and says, 'Oh my God, there's a wrinkle,'" Cheryl says. "So we're all in the same boat."