Cindy Crawford was the most drop-dead gorgeous supermodel of my day. Now, the 48 year-old mom of two is the quintessential yummy mummy. In the forthcoming April issue of Marie Claire, Crawford has deigned to go "untouched" in a photo spread as part of the fashion magazine's vow to put out an issue that's 100% (barring ads) Photoshop free. No nips, tucks, or airbrushing.
And judging by the preview image, Crawford is proof that celebrities—yes, even supermodels—aren't immune to the tests of time. Skin loses elasticity. Muscle mass decreases. It's a fact of life.
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As commenter Cheryl Friedman puts it:
"These are not flaws, they are a natural result of aging, and cannot be avoided. It will happen to everyone: supermodels, movie stars, astronauts, grade school teachers, gas station attendants."
We know this, yet we still buy in to the fallacy that we can somehow fight - and win - the battle against time. After all, the anti-aging industry generates billions of dollars through false hope.
Cindy is proof that by looking after yourself, exercising and eating well, you can look great at any age. But no matter who you are, you won't look 25 forever. And why should you? Many of us moms take pride in the bodies that have carried our babies. Laugh lines and wrinkles are byproducts of a life well lived, no?
It's not about wiping out experience, but rather owning it.
Of course, some people will consciously continue to buy into the illusion. These are the same people who think that sex is exactly like it is in porn. These are the people who expect women to look like blow up dolls instead of real people.
Cindy—and by extension, Marie Claire—are true pioneers for boldly going where so few beauty and fashion magazines dare to go. Hopefully others will follow in their footsteps.
Image Source: Marie Claire