Cindy Crawford was not happy when an unretouched photo of her went viral —and to top it off the photo wasn’t real! In a new interview with Elle Canada Crawford says she was conflicted by the image, on the one hand the photo was getting praise for its realness, but on the other hand the image was a fake. So she stayed quiet on the subject!
“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.”
The photographer from the shoot (the image went viral over a year and a half after the shoot) sent Cindy the original image. “‘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.”
Wow, I would be conflicted too?
Photo from PR Photos/Elle