This is Cindy Crawford as she appeared on the cover of Marie Claire’s December 2013 Mexico and Latin America edition. It’s a wonder why it took over a year for one of the images inside the magazine to suddenly go viral. With the way photos are quickly shared online it’s surprising that the image below of Crawford is now making big news. Perhaps it’s a reflection of the Mexican market not making as big of a fuss over un-retouched images. Who knows.
Some might wonder why this is such a big deal, but it’s important to note that a Supermodel is not often seen with no retouching on her pictures. This is the amazing Cindy Crawford in the raw beauty of herself. Supermodel of the 80’s, 90’s and beyond, mother and business-woman. She’s been considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and when we see her in photos she is often representing the image of absolute perfection. She’s confessed that she’s never been the skinniest like other models and has had to work at staying fit for the business she has been in since she was a teenager.
As women we are judged so much by what we look like and it can be a really intimidating experience as a woman going through the changes of ageing, weight loss, weight gain, cellulite, stretch marks after childbirth and so much more. Women’s bodies are scrutinized every day. It’s even more so when you’re working in the public spotlight. When I do my speaking engagements for young women on positive self-esteem and body image, a core part of the presentation is discussing the fact that virtually every image we see has been digitally retouched. It’s rare to have an untouched photo. Every once in a while we get the opportunity to see a celebrity we admire with no makeup and no Photoshop. This is why the recent spread of this un-retouched photo taken of Crawford more than a year ago has gone viral. It’s also receiving praise from both women and men all over social media.
I emphasize the reality of Photoshop because young girls are often impressionable and easily influenced by what they see in the media. This isn’t exclusive to young teenagers, it also affects women of all ages. This is why having an image like this one of Cindy Crawford circulating the web helps to reaffirm the fact that we are all beautiful in our own way. It shows that there is no such thing as perfection and bodies represent the lives we lived. Women’s bodies go through so much change as we age, have children and simply living life.
We must all learn to embrace the bodies we have and love who we are because it really is true that beauty shines from within. Once you are comfortable in your own body, you can exude the confidence that truly makes you a beauty. In a recent interview Crawford said something we should all incorporate into our life no matter what your age.
“I really think—at any age—it’s learning to be comfortable in your own skin. …If women would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves. …What makes you the most attractive is self-confidence. That’s what people see.” – Cindy Crawford