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Supermodel Cindy Crawford calls out ageist trolls who shame her for modelling at 53

'Is there an age where being nude isn’t beautiful?'

Sarah Young
Saturday 15 June 2019 18:37 BST
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Cindy Crawford has called out ageist trolls who shame her for continuing to model at the age of 53.

On Wednesday, the Nineties supermodel took part in a panel hosted by WWD about her anti-ageing skincare line, Meaningful Beauty.

During the discussion, Crawford spoke about the issue of ageism in the modelling industry and explained why she thinks it is important to represent different kinds of beauty.

“We want to show women who are 53, and I think Christy [Turlington] just turned 50, that there’s still beauty in that,” Crawford said.

The mother-of-two specifically referred to a black-and-white nude photograph she recently posted on Instagram and how it was met with negative comments from followers.

“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?’” Crawford recalled.

“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.”

While Crawford continues to work in the modelling industry, she did admit that it has become more difficult.

“I hope this is politically correct,” she said.

“But sometimes I say I need Viagra for shoots. It’s harder to get it up.”

This isn’t the first time Crawford has spoken about experiencing ageism. In March, the model said she wondered if there was a “sell-by” date on women in her age-range.

“I don’t look the same as I did at 20, 30 or even 40,” she told Porter Edit.

“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.”

Another high-profile celebrity that has faced persistent sexism and ageism over the years, Madonna recently vowed to never stop calling out the supposed social norms that older women are expected to adhere to.

“I mean, who made those rules? Who says? I’m going to keep fighting it,” she told The Cut.

“Ten to 20 years from now, it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.”

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