Cindy Crawford finally spoke about the seemingly unretouched photo of herself that was leaked earlier this year and subsequently went viral. The image was a pre-Photoshopped version of a picture that the model taken during a shoot for the Mexico edition of Marie Claire magazine.
While most women who saw the flawed photograph regarded it as a positive move for promoting a healthy body image, the 49-year-old model felt it to be more malicious than anything else. Crawford told Elle Canada that the event left her blindsided and confused. “I was very conflicted, to be honest,” she confessed.
The mother of two was shown in the photograph with wrinkled and saggy skin on her stomach area. But the photograph was allegedly manipulated to overemphasize any slight flaw. “That picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting,” she defended.
But Crawford added that at that time, speaking out on it was difficult given that the majority of women were seeing it in a positive light. She said that she definitely felt conflicted, because she would be rejecting the women who felt happy about the photo, but it wasn’t actually real. “And even if it were real, I wouldn’t have wanted it out there,” she confessed.
Crawford went on to question why a bad photo of herself would make others feel good about themselves. “I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image,” Crawford rationalized.
At the time of the leak, photographer John Russo told ABC News in a statement that the photograph was “stolen or unlawfully accessed and then altered and distributed to the media.”
On a lighter note, Crawford, who was once the highest-paid model, also spoke on being an older mother. “I was able to be selfish with my time in my 20s,” she said. “When I finally did have kids, I was ready to put myself second, or third, or fourth.”
“‘It was stolen and it was malicious’: Cindy Crawford speaks out for the first time about THAT ‘unretouched’ photo,” Daily Mail web site, September 2, 2015.