Cindy Crawford opens up on posing nude at age 53
Veteran model Cindy Crawford has explained what it's like to pose nude as a woman in her 50s.
The 53-year-old made the revelation on a WWD panel this week, where she said that she and fellow model Christy Turlington, 50, continue to work in the industry to show older women that they don't have a sell-by date.
"We want to show women who are 53, and I think Christy just turned 50, that there's still beauty in that," Crawford said.
Crawford is pictured below posing for Vogue in 1988:
She explained that when she recently shared a snap of her posing nude for photographer Russell James on Instagram, it received some less than positive comments.
"I remember some snarky person on Instagram - there seem to be a lot of those - posted something like, 'Ah, why are you still doing those at your age?'" she said. "And I was like, is there an age where being nude isn’t beautiful? It's just a different kind of beauty."
"That is part of the reason I still do shoots," she continued, acknowledging that it is "a little harder" to get ready for the camera as an older woman.
"I hope this is politically correct, but sometimes I say I need Viagra for shoots. It's harder to get it up."
Crawford admitted that even she has wondered whether beauty has a sell-by date, acknowledging that her body has changed a lot over time.
"I don't look the same as I did at 20, 30 or even 40," she said. "If we take care of ourselves, why not?"
"Am I frolicking on the beach in a string bikini? No. But there is a place where I want to feel beautiful naked, in my private life, with my husband [Rande Gerber]," the model said. "[Russell] was tapping into that real place - not high heels, not a lot of makeup, not coy, just a real woman who doesn't have clothes on."