Everyone is still talking about that unretouched photo of 48-year-old Cindy Crawford that made the rounds over the weekend. But we haven’t heard a reaction yet from the most important person of all: Cindy Crawford.
On Friday British journalist Charlene White sent the photo out into the world on Twitter, saying “I thought I would tweet the picture because I found it incredibly empowering to see someone as beautiful and iconic as Cindy Crawford in her natural form.”
The picture came from a 2013 shoot for Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America. The photo, which shows Crawford without the benefit of Photoshop, was never published.
Addressing the photo, Marie Claire posted that the leaked photo reveals “a body that defies expectations – it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous.
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“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.”
The picture unleashed a torrent of support and congratulations all over social media, mostly from women who were ecstatic to see a supermodel looking super-real.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, a long-time crusader for positive body image, reposted the photo next to an unretouched one of herself in her underwear tweeting: “Bravo Cindy Crawford. Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all Ye need to know on earth, and all Ye need to know.”
Crawford herself has so far remained silent so we don’t know whether she’s as proud of that image as everyone else is. We hope that she is.
She has spoken in the past about how her body has changed over time, telling Marlo Thomas in a 2012 interview that, “I’m happy with my body ... but it’s not my old body. I had both of my children at home, naturally. In some ways I appreciate my body more now because I know what it’s capable of.”
After the image went viral over the weekend Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber, posted a photo of his gorgeous wife lounging poolside in a bikini – stomach and thighs taut and toned, sans cellulite, wrinkles or any other natural signs of aging. Exactly the way we’ve seen her in magazines.
“She got flowers and I got her. Happy Valentines Day @cindycrawford!” Gerber wrote.