DeKalb's Cindy Crawford will turning 50 in February. She just released he autobiography “Becoming”.

In the book she details her days from being a DeKalb High School honor student to her modelling career to her career as successful businesswoman and icon.

Cindy has been making the media rounds to promote the book which is in stores now. Cindy recently sat down the the local DeKalb newspaper and talked about her life growing up.

Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Cindy Crawford

1. She lost her brother to Leukemia at the age of 10

2. In 1984, she graduated as co-valedictorian from DeKalb High School in 1984 and went on to study study chemical engineering at Northwestern on a scholarship.

3. Her favorite local restaurant growing up was the Junction Eating Place on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

4. Crawford was discovered by DeKalb Area Photographer Roger Legel at a photo shoot at a retail store on Rt 38 in DeKalb. Cindy was a junior at DeKalb High School at the time. Lengel told the Dekalb Daily Chronicle:

We walked to a park about a block and a half from where she lived. I shot 36 pictures of Cindy. I couldn’t see a single one I didn’t like. Thirty-six out of 36, that’s pretty encouraging.


5. Here is one of Cindy's first cover shots. It is a pool-side photo of her that was taken at her boyfriend’s house. Anyone who attended NIU in the 1980's recalls the DeKalb NITE Weekly magazine.  Here it is from November 1982

Cindy tells the Daily Chronicle that it took her two years to finish the book.