Cindy Crawford Flawlessly Addresses That ‘Unretouched’ Photo Leak
Cindy Crawford has dependably been known for her genuineness, whether it be about aging, body image or something else. So it was a touch astonishing when the supermodel stayed mum after a supposedly unretouched image of her became famous online a year ago (the picture taker, John Russo, later expressed the image was stolen and “significantly altered”).
Presently, in an interview for the October 2015 cover of Elle Canada, Crawford is clearing up the record straight about her response to the leak, conceding that at first, she was “blindsided” and asked why “seeing an awful picture of me would make other people feel great?”
Her reaction echoes a truth shared by a lot of ladies who feel they are their own most noticeably bad critics.
“I feel that most ladies are hard on themselves. We think we look more awful than we do. So I expected I fell into that category, despite the fact that the photo didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror — even in the most dressing-room lighting,” she said.
In the midst of the dissatisfaction, be that as it may, came something positive: the outpouring on online networking from ladies who upheld the “unretouched” photograph of Crawford. Still, she was left at odds, thinking about how to respond. She explained:
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.
Whether she’s unretouched, unfiltered or unedited, Crawford’s trustworthiness is basically inspiring. Head to Elle Canada to peruse the full interview, or get a duplicate when the issue hits newsstands Sept. 14.