Summary: A photo of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford that was not retouched has surfaced online. The appearance of the aging model’s real body and real skin has stirred a beauty debate.
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
It is common knowledge that even the most “perfect” models undergo the photoshop treatment before their image is deemed fit for consumption by the general public. Even older beauties like the iconic Cindy Crawford have unrealistic muscles and skin applied to them in print. The nation was therefore shocked when the picture above of the beautiful Crawford that had clearly not been retouched surfaced online.
In a blog post on their website, Marie Claire magazine admits that the image was leaked from a collection of photos taken for a December 2013 cover shoot for Marie Claire Mexico. The magazine then went on to declare that the picture “defies expectations—it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous.” While the image in question did not make it to print at all (with or without retouching) it began circulating on the internet over the weekend after British ITV anchor Charlene White shared it on Twitter. White claims to have seen it on friend’s instagram page then hunted it down on the internet before coming across it again on a website she does not remember the name of.
White told CNN: “Women come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. I think it’s important to see all sorts of body shapes on our screens and in our magazines so that people have a true reflection of what people look like.”
Women on the internet have been chiming in on the image which has added more fuel to the ongoing debate of the unrealistic representation of women in the media. It is being widely celebrated and appears to resonate with many aging women who no longer feel beautiful because they do not look like the post-photoshop version of Crawford that is regularly shown in magazines.
— Polly Mixtures (@Polly_Mixtures) February 13, 2015
People need to realize that our bodies change. It’s a beautiful transformation! Stop expecting flawless perfection. Bravo, #CindyCrawford.
— Emma Carrington (@EGC922) February 15, 2015
— Elizabeth Reidenbach (@EReidenbach) February 15, 2015