A leaked "100% non-retouched” photograph of 49 year old mother of two super model Cindy Crawford has reignited a debate. The debate is centred on body image and tries to answer the very topical question; what do ’real women’ look like?
The photo taken during a 2013 Marie Claire photo shoot was never meant for public consumption. However, it recently went viral and has made a huge impact on social media.
CBS News showed the image to 3 shoppers and asks for their comments.
“[It shows] she is human, it's real much more natural than an air brushed photo”, said Martha.
“I think it's refreshing”, stated Lisa. “I love seeing that my body is normal and it is nothing to be ashamed of”.
Maxine said, “We are the same you know ..... and she is very beautiful”.
The channel and asked fitness expert Melissa for her opinion:
“I think it finally reveals the dark curtain behind air brushing. I think it makes us feel a little better, because we don't have to strive for this unattainable perfection….Now that we see that she [Cindy Crawford] has a wrinkly body and perhaps some cellulite; it's like okay”.
Marie Claire, in response to the social media storm, published the following statement on their website:
'It is real, it is honest and it is gorgeous. No matter whether photo came from it is enlightenment. We've always known that Crawford was beautiful; seeing her like this only makes us love her more.”
Cindy Crawford’s response focused on how she hoped the image would affect her 13-year-old daughter. She said:
“I try to be a good role model for Kaia in terms of just accepting myself, not saying does this make me look fat”.
Julie Court (My Body Beautiful’s founder) said:
“I don't expect to start seeing an abundance of real untouched images in the media. Simply put, ‘real images’ are considered to be too real too honest and far from perfect.
“This truth means that real images are unlikely to appeal to fashion houses and advertising in general, because they sell aspirations (hopes and dreams) as an integral part of the product.”