Cindy Crawford's Leaked, Unretouched Photo Garners Passionate Cheers on Social Media

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Cindy Crawford was the "victim" of a leaked, unretouched photo that has caused quite the stir on the internet.

The 48-year-old supermodel posed for Marie Claire in her underwear and the photo was tweeted by a London-based TV news broadcaster named Charlene White, who announced that the image of Cindy Crawford wearing an open fur coat, a black fedora, and black lingerie would be featured in the April issue of the magazine.

"Take a bow Ms. C," she wrote, inspiring others to tweet statements like, "My respect for her is on another level."

According to The Independent, the un-photoshopped snapshot was part of "a campaign designed to show what models and celebrities look like without airbrushing."

However, that proved to be untrue.

The photo was, in fact, from a December 2013 Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America cover story and was never intended for an issue on what celebrities really look like without the help of photoshop.

While there have been some negative response on social media about the photo, the majority of posts are overwhelming positive and shows how desperately women want to see role models encouraging body acceptance.

"While the claim accompanying the photo (which you can see here) is that it will be printed in an upcoming issue of Marie Claire, its origins are actually from a December 2013 cover story from Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America. It appears that this unretouched version is a leak," Marie Clarie said in a statement, obviously capitalizing on the unintentional marketing boost.

"No matter where the photo came from, it's an enlightenment—we've always known Crawford was beautiful, but seeing her like this only makes us love her more."

Cindy Crawford could not be reached for comment, but the mother of two told Marie Claire earlier this week that she is all about accepting oneself at age.

"I really think—at any age—it's about learning to be comfortable in your own skin, which is a lot easier said than done," said Cindy Crawford.

Pam Wright