Cindy Crawford says unretouched photos were part of a 'malicious attack' against her
Cindy Crawford has lashed out at the "malicious" leaking of unretouched photos of her earlier this year.
The legendary supermodel (48) hit headlines in February when photos of her reportedly without airbrushing were leaked online.
She was hailed an inspiration and praised widely by fans for the less than flattering photos, which were believed to be taken for a shoot for Marie Claire Mexico.
The mother-of-two threatened legal action and told Elle Canada that she felt "blindsided" at the time, namely because the photos had been edited to make her look worse and she didn't want to let anyone down who saw it as a positive move with body image.
"I was very conflicted, to be honest," she told the magazine.
"That picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting.
"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."
While Crawford said she understood the interest, she said she couldn't understand why seeing an unflattering photo of her would provide comfort to another person.
"Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? 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," she added.