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updated 02/10/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/10/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Cindy Crawford


TALKING ON THE PHONE FROM HER Los Angeles digs, Cindy Crawford is gushing over her recent photo shoot, an outing at California's Big Sur for Isaac Mizrahi's new clothing line. "It's in this groovy, 1960s-style house," says Crawford, 30. "There are bikinis, pooka shells and, of course, there's Isaac." But this wasn't one of the supermodel's usual fashion forays. In addition to wearing the clothes, she also wielded the mike as a new correspondent for her old show, MTV's House of Style.

"I felt like I'd done everything I could do," says Crawford, explaining why, in 1995, she ended her six-year reign as emcee of the hip fashion-lifestyle series she helped launch and handed over the duties of host to models Amber Valetta and Shalom Harlow. Crawford was also exhausted after shooting her first movie, 1995's Fair Game, which tanked at the box office later that year. She fared better in the book world: Last year's Cindy Crawford's Basic Face sold 300,000 copies.

Now, for its eighth season, more House remodeling is at hand. Out as hosts are Valetta and Harlow, who, despite rumors of prima donna behavior, are merely, says executive producer Alisa Bellettini, "at the height of their careers" and "difficult to get together.'' Starting on Feb. 4, MTV personality Daisy Fuentes takes over as host. Crawford (who has been seen with Rande Gerber, owner of the New York City bar the Whiskey, after reportedly splitting with Val Kilmer) will cover major fashion events and interview celebs. Who tops her guest wish list? Chelsea Clinton. "She's really become a young woman," says Crawford. "It would be fun to introduce her to fashion."

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