Cindy Crawford leaked untouched photo praised as 'stunning' and 'inspirational'

Image of supermodel was from a previous Marie Claire shoot

An untouched picture showing the supermodel Cindy Crawford has received an overwhelmingly positive response after it was leaked online.

The powerful image of the 48-year-old mother-of-two revealing her stomach, thighs and chest has been described as "beautiful" and inspiring.

It had initially been reported that Crawford’s un-retouched images would appear in the April issue of Marie Claire US. However, it later emerged that the photo was actually leaked from a Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America December 2013 cover story.

In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Crawford said that she tries to be a good role model for her daughter by accepting herself.

“I was never one of the skinny skinny girls who could eat whatever they wanted, so I certainly exercise and try to eat right.

“But at the same time, I try to be a good role model for my daughter in terms of just accepting myself, not saying 'Does this make me look fat?' or 'I can't eat that' or 'I'm on a diet.' I just try to lead by example. “If we go out for ice cream I'm not going to not have any, I'm just going to have the baby-size cone. I don't want her to think that taking care of yourself means depriving yourself and not having fun.”