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February 16, 2015

Cindy Crawford's Untouched Photo: Why It Doesn't Matter

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Much has been made about the leak of Cindy Crawford's latest cover photo for Marie Claire because she no longer has a 'model' body. She has even been praised for the leak, and the internet is going crazy, thanking her for attacking body and beauty standards that are harming our young women.

Not only is the praise misguided, because had it not been leaked no one would have seen it in the first place, even if it was a purposeful release the image doesn't matter, in the great scheme of things.

Why do I say so? Well, because it's not as though it's the image actually appearing on the magazine's cover. No, that one will indeed be photoshopped. And Cindy Crawford will look like she has the body of a 20-year-old even though she really has the body of a woman her age.
The problem is that this image is not the one that will be seen by the majority of young girls the world over. The edition in which it appears is also distributed through a third world country and, correct me if I am wrong, but the girls in this country will not have access to the truth.

They'll only have access to the lie. And to the lie seen on every model's body in the magazine.

The only time I will ever praise a model for 'revealing' her 'real' body is when she actually reveals her real body all the time. Otherwise it's just pandering to a small group of people who actually have access to it. It's just like Keira Knightley's recent photo of her breasts without Photoshop to, you know, protest against unfair body standards in the media. My point is that this image is the only one she supposedly agreed to publish without Photoshop. The others?

All Photoshopped. How is that changing the status quo at all?

{Image credit: Georges Biard [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons}