Cindy Crawford inspired millions of people across the world when she appeared to pose in her underwear and allow the unaltered photographs to be published.
But this wasn't the case, apparently.
The photographer of the viral image has made a statement to ABC News saying that the image of the supermodel was doctored to add imperfections and distributed to the media.
"It has been falsely claimed that this photograph represents an unretouched image of Cindy Crawford. This is not true. It is a fraudulent altered version of my photograph," said John Russo.
"I am grateful that this fact has been brought to the public's attention and that corrections are being run in the media."
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'Famously Beautiful' Alums
1/10 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2002, when she was studying psychology at Harvard University, she contributed to a scientific study on memory called "Frontal lobe activation during object performance: data from near-infrared spectroscopy". She also speaks French, Japanese, German and Arabic.
2/10 Cindy Crawford
Nineties supermodel Cindy Crawford studied chemical engineering at Northwestern University before she went on to pursue a modelling career.
3/10 Lily Cole
Model Lily Cole graduated top of her Cambridge University class in 2011. She studied History of Art.
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4/10 Geena Davis
Geena Davis, actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist, is also a member of Mensa. She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College in May 2009. She also has a bachelor's degree in drama from Boston University and speaks fluent Swedish.
Iman, supermodel entrepreneur and wife of David Bowie. studied political science at the University of Nairobi. She also speaks five languages.
6/10 Emma Watson
Emma Watson put her lucrative post Potter acting career on hold to study English Literature at Brown University. She was accompanied by a bodyguard with a gun on her graduation day last May. She’s now a UN Ambassador for Women.
7/10 Christy Turlington Burns
Christy Turlington Burns gained a Bachelor of Arts degree at NYU - and wrote Karlie Kloss's letter of recommendation.
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8/10 Lupita Nyong'o
Oscar winner received a Masters in Acting from Yale School of Drama.
9/10 Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields went to Princeton University to gain her bachelor's degree in French Literature.
10/10 Kate Beckingsale
Kate Beckingsale attended Oxford University in England where she studied French and Russian literature. She is also fluent in French, German and Russian.
After the picture - said to have originated from a 2013 issue of Marie Claire Mexico - was published, the magazine released a statement saying: "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."
Crawford has not commented on the picture.Reuse content