Remember when a supposedly “unretouched” photo of Cindy Crawford went viral that showed a flabby stomach and thighs? People called it “real” and “fabulous” and praised Cindy for still looking amazing (if human). Then the photographer who snapped the shot claimed it was stolen and photoshopped to look that way. Now Cindy is speaking out about the picture.
Cindy talked about the whole situation with Elle Canada, which she covers this month:
Cindy explained why she didn’t say anything about the photo herself:
I felt that [the journalist] was inauthentic because she acted like this was great but she didn’t check if I wanted this out or if it was a real picture. Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I felt blindsided. I was very conflicted, to be honest.
“The story had run a year and a half before, and the picture of me in that outfit was from the bust up. 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. We think we look worse than we do. So I assumed I fell into that category, even though that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting.
“We spoke to the photographer, and he was very upset because he didn’t put it out there. He said: ‘Cindy, I’m going to send you the real one and it’s nothing like that. It’s clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse.’ It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction [to the image].
“Sometimes, the images that women see in magazines make them feel inferior—even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less. So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armour. Whether it was real or not isn’t relevant, although it’s relevant to me.
“I don’t try to present myself as perfect. 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. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
I remember the positive reaction to that picture: it was like, look, Cindy doesn’t look perfect, but she’s still rocking it for the camera! People were applauding Cindy all over the internet. Given that it was actually retouched to make her look worse, I can see why she was conflicted about what to do. Ugh: what a terrible situation. Cindy also chatted about her new book with Elle Canada: the interview has a lot of great information.
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