This Is What Cindy Crawford's Kids Told Her to Do After Unretouched Photo Drama

Cindy Crawford

Kids are so clever.

How to handle the maelstrom of opinions that come after an unflattering, apparently unretouched photo of a 49-year-old supermodel icon is posted on the Internet, and then found to be an altered fake? Cindy Crawford was at a bit of a loss regarding the Marie Claire lingerie photo drama earlier this year, she admitted to Elle Canada in a new interview.

“I felt blindsided. 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,” she told the magazine. “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.”

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It would be hard for anyone to know what to do in that situation. Crawford said she especially didn’t want her teenage daughter, Kaia — herself now a model — to think it’s OK to bully others online. But, “My kids were like, ‘Mom, you don’t look like that!’ They wanted me to go down to the beach in a swimsuit so the paparazzi would take a photo of me, but that would be playing into it. How do I rise above the situation?”

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Crawford added that she “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. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.” 


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In the end she didn’t have to do anything directly. Her husband, Rande Gerber, took care of business himself. He cleared things up with a super sweet Valentine’s Day Instagram of the legendary model lounging in a bikini looking as flawless as could be, with the caption, “She got flowers and I got her.” Aww.