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Cindy Crawford Ages Gracefully in Leaked, Unretouched Lingerie Photo

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Photoshopped or not, the supermodel still looks killer.

When an unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford clad in lacy black underwear — confidently flashing a (super hot) body that bears the normal marks of a 48-year-old mother of two — women everywhere lauded the supermodel’s ballsy decision to reveal her true self so, well, nakedly.

But it appears it wasn’t her decision at all. The photo is actually a leaked shot from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico/Latin America shoot, the magazine reported on Friday in a post on its website. Crawford hasn’t made any statements on the leaked photo, and our request for comment wasn't returned.

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The chatter on social media has been largely gleeful, with reams of “Go girl!”-type posts being added by the second (of course, most people still think Crawford sanctioned the release.) Haters, largely of the ageist variety, have been making cameos — “There comes a time when it’s no longer appropriate to show your body,” reads one vacuous note — but other commenters are quick to shut them down.

The photo — which in reality highlights a 48-year-old body that’s far more slender and taut than most — underscores how profoundly unrealistic celebrity imagery in the media can be. Over-40 celebrities are almost always depicted in magazines with pucker-free skin, perhaps a few requisite crow’s feet remaining on an otherwise miraculously lineless face.

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That all may be changing soon. Well-earned wrinkles are having a huge moment in fashion this season. Joan Didion is the face of Celine’s ad campaign; Iris Apfel stars in Alexis Bittar’s latest ads; and 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling is the face of NARS. And a gloriously senior Joni Mitchell is Saint Laurent's latest ad star, not to mention New York Magazine fashion issue cover girl this week — swathed in a diaphanous white Lanvin dress.

Crawford is far from being senior. But here’s hoping the gorgeous supermodel ultimately embraces the unexpected reveal as a testament to how lovely aging can be.

 

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