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Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford, one of the most famous supermodels in the world, shows her body in its natural state in a new, leaked, unphotoshopped picture that has gone viral. 

"It is real and it is gorgeous," says Marie Claire magazine, which had commissioned the photo shoot that it came from.

A news anchor for the U.K.'s ITV News posted the pic on her Twitter page on Thursday, writing, "Take a bow Ms. C." The image depicts the 48-year-old in black lingerie and a jacket, posing standing up with her head turned to the side.

"An unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford has been circulating on Twitter this morning, revealing a body that defies expectations—it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous," read a message posted on Marie Claire's website on Friday, along with a link to the tweet.

Marie Claire added that the pic was taken for a "December 2013 cover story from Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America," adding, "It appears that this unretouched version is a leak." 

Crawford has not commented about the photo.

The photo has spurred scores of positive reactions from fans, many of whom called it "inspirational."

"This image is a testament to the beauty of the female form," read a message posted by sister magazine Marie Claire South Africa, which displayed the unretouched photo.

 

The supermodel has showcased a natural look before—she shared a photo of herself makeup-free in October.

Crawford, who will turn 49 next week, revealed in an interview with the The Violet Files last year her secrets to maintaining her youthful appearance. Or rather, lack thereof.

"The secret is that there is no secret," she said. "Do all the stuff we know: Don't smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy."

"I don't want to look in the mirror every day and be down on myself," she added. "Look, I'm holding together pretty good, but I don't look like I did when I was 25 or 30 or even 40. What I'm finding for myself is that if I continue to be engaged, to do what I love, that's how I get my self-esteem cup filled."

The supermodel, who is so famous she has her own branded low-calorie meal plan, also revealed in a recent interview with ELLE.com how she maintains her health and slim figure.

"I like green tea," Crawford said. "I'm a green tea person... My body wants that every morning. Just like I need salad."

"The more you eat healthy, the more you want to do it because you feel better," she added.