Cindy Crawford’s April spread in Marie Claire features 100% non-retouched photos. Take a bow Ms. C. pic.twitter.com/ttQz2BcRfg
— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) February 13, 2015
While you were celebrating President’s Day by sleeping in, the internet was losing its mind over an unretouched photo of supermodel Cindy Crawford that was being passed around on Twitter.
The photo was part of a late 2013 shoot for Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America. The shoot ultimately did result in photos that were Photoshopped and covered up some of the areas that are revealed in the picture above.
In a statement, Marie Claire said, “An unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford has been circulating on Twitter this morning, revealing a body that defies expectations—it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous. No matter where the photo came from, it’s an enlightenment—we’ve always known Crawford was beautiful, but seeing her like this only makes us love her more.”
Crawford, who is turning 49 years old this week (werk!!), hasn’t commented on the leak, though her hubby Rande Gerber posted the photo at right on Instagram with the caption “She got flowers and I got her. Happy Valentine’s Day. @cindycrawford”
I’ll speak for the internet and say that while Gerber’s photo is lovely, we didn’t need to see another picture of Cindy in a bikini to know she looks great.
Lots of people are also responding to the leaked photo with high praise, noting that the things we normally think of as flaws (a few wrinkles here, a little cellulite there) is actually what a body — especially one that is approaching 50 and has given birth to two babies — can look like. Crawford has appeared in infomercials and spoken in interviews about working out, eating right and using products to look beautiful. But she’s also acknowledged that she doesn’t look the same as she did when she was walking runways and posing in Pepsi ads. And that seems to be just fine by most everyone who has seen the leaked photo.
The issue of women, body image and fashion is a persistent one, and reaches heights with the onset of Fashion Week. Slowly, with news of plus-size models appearing in Sports Illustrated and in other places, we’re starting to see a bit of body diversity. (Just a bit.) But really what we need to do is normalize the sight of real bodies in media. Then we’ll see fashion designers and editors following suit with greater frequency. When the industry sees that audiences are just fine with some reality interspersed with fashion fantasy, they’ll indulge us a little bit more.