Cindy Crawford has been showing off her gorgeous bikini body and make-up free face in hot new shots from her holiday in Mexico.
The supermodel came under scrutiny earlier this year when an ‘unretouched’ photo was leaked from her 2013 Marie Claire Mexico shoot, showing her apparent lumps and bumps.
At the time, the 49-year-old blasted the images, saying: ‘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. [But] that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror – even in the worst dressing room lighting.’
But now, it seems the model is ready to rock her natural look and prove just how gorgeous she feels sans slap and in a bikini.
Kicking off with a no make-up selfie on Instagram, Cindy’s husband of 17-years, Rande Gerber, then followed up with a stunning close-up shot of Crawford in a lizard-print Melissa Odabash bikini.
‘Who needs hair and make-up when you look like this after jumping in the ocean,’ Gerber sweetly captioned the shot. Aw.
Last month, Cindy gave an interview about those ‘unretouched’ photos, and got very real about how she sees her body.
‘I felt blindsided,’ the 49-year-old told ELLE Canada. ‘ I was very conflicted, to be honest. The story had run a year and a half before, and the picture of me in that outfit was from the bust up.
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At the time though, Cindy kept quiet. Why? Because the image was too busy being celebrated for its ‘realness’.
‘We spoke to the photographer, and he was very upset because he didn’t put it out there. He said: “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.”
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She continued: ‘It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction [to the image]. 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.’
Crawford confessed: ‘I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.’
The model was also hurt by the positive reaction to the picture. ‘Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good?’ she asked.
It’s a tough one. With so many ‘perfect’ and totally inaccurate representations of the female body around us, it’s always comforting when we see what looks like a ‘real’ bod in the spotlight. But we can understand Cindy’s frustration all the same.
Celebrity snapper John Russo has also since backed up Cindy by saying that the photo wasn’t accurate. ‘It has been falsely claimed that this photograph represents an un-retouched image of Cindy Crawford. This is not true,’ he told ABC News.
‘It is a fraudulent altered version of my photograph. I am grateful that this fact has been brought to the public’s attention and that corrections are being run in the media.’
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