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When an un-retouched photo of Cindy Crawford clad in lacy black underwear — confidently flashing a (super hot) body that bears the normal marks of a 48-year-old mother two — women everywhere lauded the supermodel’s ballsy decision to reveal her true self so, well, nakedly.
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
But it appears it wasn’t her decision at all. The photo is actually a leaked shot from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico/Latin America shoot, the magazine reported on Friday in a post on its website. Crawford hasn’t made any statements on the leaked photo, and our request for comment wasn’t returned.
The chatter on social media has been largely gleeful, with reams of “go girl” type posts being added by the second (of course most people still think Crawford sanctioned the release.) Haters of the photo have been making cameos, largely of the ageist variety—“There comes a time when it’s no longer appropriate to show your body” read one vacuous note—but other commenters are quick to shut them down.
The photo—which in reality highlights a 48-year-old body that’s far more slender and taut than most—underscores how profoundly unrealistic celebrity imagery in the media can be. Over-40 celebrities are almost always depicted in magazines with pucker-free skin, perhaps a few requisite crow’s feet remaining on an otherwise miraculously lineless face.
That all may be changing soon. Well-earned wrinkles are having a huge moment in fashion this season. Joan Didion is the face of Celine’s ad campaign; Iris Apfel stars in Alexis Bittar’s latest ads; and 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling is the face of NARS. And a gloriously senior Joni Mitchell is Saint Laurent’s latest ad star, not to mention New York Magazine fashion issue cover girl this week swathed in a diaphanous white Lanvin dress.
Crawford is far from being senior. But here’s hoping the gorgeous supermodel ultimately embraces the unexpected reveal as a testament to how lovely aging can be.