An untouched photo of Cindy Crawford has made headlines mainly because we rarely see a woman at the age of 48, let alone a former supermodel, gracing the pages of anything without touch ups. (click on pic.twitter link)
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
The leaked picture was originally from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America cover story. Ms. Crawford’s lack of muscle tone, dimpling skin and all the rest that came with aging was put out there for all to see. Without the benefit of Photoshop she became real and words of thanks rang out across the globe.
There are rumours that she leaked it herself but no matter how it came to be I had to wonder….
Does it really take a supermodel’s “leaked” picture to make us feel better about our aging bodies?
Will this have any affect on magazines who are most interested in trying to manufacture the perfect woman for readers to ooh and aah over? or Will they consider opting for a wider definition of beauty?
The fact that so much press has circulated around this one photo shows that women are still looking for some sort of validation. When someone who is seen as an icon of female sensuality and beauty shatters the illusion that she is perfect we are moved to do a happy dance. It is not like the rest of us are going to get the same opportunity to showcase our wrinkles and flab as a means to challenge beauty myths. So, here comes Cindy Crawford to the rescue, showing the world that an aging woman has meaningful beauty!
I’m glad to see this photo too but it is a sad fact that we will likely never feel entirely comfortable in our skin. To boldly wear our scars and wrinkles as a sign of a life well lived. We retouch so much of who we are and blame others for our inability to make peace with our bodies. We are our own worst enemies.
What this photo says to me is that beauty may be considered subjective but it is most powerful when we dare to see it in ourselves.