"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."The publication of the photo caused a torrent of comment on the internet about how visual images of supermodels at the height of their careers place a premium on perfection and the extent to which the need to appear perfect is perfectly mated with the ability to alter a photograph. Most of us are never in attendance at the catwalk where designers show their new collection via strutting models, much less are any of us present when a photographer and a model are involved in a picture-shooting session. The result is that our impressions of a model and the sheer beauty that she conveys is framed by pictures and other visual contexts, in which we are never certain the extent to which the perfection that we are seeing is real or is partially a function of the retouching or other visual manipulation of the image. The statement of the magazine well reflected the view expressed on the internet -- that Crawford was giving us a different meaning for beauty, where the model comes to terms with herself and challenges the viewer to reconfigure his understanding in that context.
But a report has now surfaced that in fact it may be the case that it was the picture itself that was doctored. According to the report, the photographer, John Russo, is claiming that the original photo was stolen and that changes were made to Crawford's midriff to make her look worse than she really does. Russo is threatening to sue those responsible for the altered photo. As well, he is asking online outlets to take down the apologize.