Cindy Crawford, the iconic 90s supermodel, turns 50 next year, and despite her bombshell looks and body, she hasn’t been able to avoid the effects of aging.
Crawford opened up about the reality of her life as an aging supermodel in her new book Becoming, the Daily Mail reports.
Although most women approaching 50 would probably kill to look half as good as Cindy Crawford does now, she admits that she sometimes feels a “sense of loss” for her younger self. She feels it, especially when confronted with unflattering paparazzi shots of her that don’t measure up with what she calls the “illusion of Cindy Crawford.”
“Having been a model now for more than 30 years and dependent on my looks for my work, seeing those changes might even be a little bit harder for me,” she says. “At times the pressure to live up to the fashion industry’s expectations feels overwhelming,” she says.
It probably doesn’t help that a supposed leaked and unretouched photo of Cindy was released in the press. The photo is unflattering and, according to Cindy, completely fake. She says she felt conflicted about speaking out about it because so many people saw it as positive affirmation of “real” beauty.
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“I felt blindsided,” she told Elle Canada in an interview. “I was very conflicted, to be honest.”
“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,” she said.
After the picture went viral, celebrity photographer John Russo revealed that the picture was actually from a 2013 Marie Claire cover shoot and that it was fake.
“It has been falsely claimed that this photograph represents an un-retouched image of Cindy Crawford,” he said in a statement to ABC News.
“This is not true.”
Despite her concerns about growing older, Cindy Crawford has left quite a legacy in the fashion industry and has provided a blueprint that younger models can follow.
She was the first of the legendary supermodels to build her own brand within and outside of the fashion industry. She’s been the face of a long list of brands from Pepsi to Meaningful Beauty. There’s also Cindy Crawford Furniture, her collaboration with Rooms to Go.
Now, because of the path she’d laid you’re seeing younger models, like Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Gigi Hadid, invest more time into building their own brands.
“I want to honor and acknowledge the girl I once was while embracing the woman I am today, and I even look forward to the wise woman I hope I will become in future decades,” Cindy says in an excerpt from her book.
According to Yahoo News, Becoming by Cindy Crawford will be released this month. The book exposes some of the myths about her life and showcases stunning photographs of Cindy taken by famed photographers photographers like Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, and Arthur Elgort.
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