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Cindy Crawford says unretouched photos were part of a 'malicious attack' against her

Published 02/09/2015 | 09:24

Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford wearing Roberto Cavalli to the Opening Ceremony and 'The Great Gatsby' in Cannes.
Kaia Gerber, Presley Gerber, model Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber attend the world premiere of Disney's "Tomorrowland"
Cindy was one of the most in demand supermodels in the world for two decades

Cindy Crawford has lashed out at the "malicious" leaking of unretouched photos of her earlier this year.

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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.

Cindy Crawford wearing Roberto Cavalli to the Opening Ceremony and 'The Great Gatsby' in Cannes.
Cindy Crawford wearing Roberto Cavalli to the Opening Ceremony and 'The Great Gatsby' in Cannes.

"I was very conflicted, to be honest," she told the magazine.

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"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.

Kaia Gerber, Presley Gerber, model Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber attend the world premiere of Disney's
Kaia Gerber, Presley Gerber, model Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber attend the world premiere of Disney's "Tomorrowland"

"I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut."

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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.

Cindy was one of the most in demand supermodels in the world for two decades
Cindy was one of the most in demand supermodels in the world for two decades

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