Cindy Crawford: Anger Over Photo Leak Shows Changing Attitudes On Privacy For Celebrities

Cindy Crawford is angry about the unflattering picture leaked from a Marie Claire photo shoot; a reaction that to many observers shows the changing attitudes in Hollywood about the privacy afforded to celebrities.

Crawford’s picture shows the model wearing lingerie and sporting a natural look, which at the time was praised as “unretouched” and “real.” But Crawford says the pictures were never intended to be released, and she saw it as a violation when it was made public earlier this year.

Cindy Crawford went so far as to say that it was a “fraudulent, altered version” of the picture that was “stolen.”

“I felt blindsided,” Crawford told Elle Canada in an interview. “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. We think we look worse than we do. So I assumed I fell into that category, even though that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting.”

The picture represents an interesting case for the entertainment industry. While many other celebrities have been caught up in photo scandals of a much more private nature — including the dozens who were part of last year’s nude photo leak in which a hacker accessed the cloud and publicized pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and many others — these were taken as part of an authorized photo shoot.

Crawford’s reaction and the support she has found may represent a turning point for celebrity privacy. While celebrities were once embarrassed and apologetic for the release of unauthorized (and often nude) photos, now many are taking control and speaking out against them.

The Guardian noted this change last year after Jennifer Lawrence’s angry reaction to her nude photo scandal.

“Lawrence’s scathing reaction – angry, offended and unapologetic – is the righteous end to an evolution of celebrity nude “scandal” responses. Where once female stars were expected to hang their head in shame for having the temerity to pose nude for themselves or lovers, now they can issue a barely-shrouded “f***k you” to a public that so gleefully consumed their humiliation.”

“What a difference a few years makes. In 2007, when Disney’s High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens was the victim of a nude photo leak, the then-18-year-old issued an ashamed and repentant statement, and a Disney Channel spokesperson called the pictures a “lapse in judgement” and added nastily, “We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.” (Not to work for Disney, maybe?)”

The case of Cindy Crawford may take this sentiment even further, raising the expectation that celebrities have privacy even when they’re sitting down for an official photo shoot.

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