Cindy Crawford feels she was made a martyr for body positivity after an unretouched picture from an old photoshoot made the rounds on the Internet without her permission. It’s one thing to be praised for confidence; another to have it thrust upon you without your consent.
Cindy Crawford, 49, finally spoke out about the “unretouched” photo from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico shoot that instantly went viral in February 2015. Women gushed about the brave picture, which depicted the gorgeous supermodel without Photoshop or retouching, showing wrinkles and other skin flaws — just like any woman. Though it was seen as empowering, it was leaked without Cindy knowing, and she wasn’t happy.
In an interview with Elle Canada, Cindy spoke about her feelings on the leak. “I felt blindsided,” she told the mag. “I was very conflicted, to be honest. That picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting.” We feel for Cindy. It must have been horrible to see the image plastered everywhere, flaws blasted to the whole world. She called the move “malicious.” Click to see that photo here.
The worst part of this ordeal is that the photo wasn’t really an accurate depiction of Cindy. Photographer John Russo told ABC News that the shot was stolen, and that it was altered to make her look bad. Who would want to do this to her? Cindy felt awful seeing the photo, but felt like she couldn’t say anything because so many women were praising what they thought she had done.
“It put me in a tough spot: I couldn’t come out against it because I’m rejecting all these people who felt good about it, but I also didn’t embrace it because it wasn’t real – and even if it were real, I wouldn’t have wanted it out there,” she told Elle Canada. “I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
“Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do. I think that most women are hard on themselves,” she continued.
She did say that she understood that many women felt less than after seeing flawless models in magazines, and seeing her un-made up could give them some hope. However, the way that this came about it unacceptable! It’s not truly an unaltered photo of the supermodel — but of course she has flaws like anyone else.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that the photo was stolen?
— Samantha Wilson