Cindy Crawford is Recalling Oprah Winfrey’s Inappropriate Behavior

Oprah Winfrey & Cindy Crawford, at, 'An Evening Under The Colorado Sky,' A Benefit for the Silver Lining Foundation, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, Tuesday January 23, 2001. Photo: Nick Elgar/Getty Images
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Cindy Crawford is coming forward about some sketchy interviews she had with Oprah Winfrey in the ’80s. In the new docuseries The Super Models, Crawford is one of the iconic models featured in the series alongside Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. In the first episode, Crawford discusses her rise to fame as a model in the 1980s. When she was just 20 years old, she appeared on Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show with her modeling agent John Casablancas (he founded Elite Modeling Agency).

She said about the 1986 appearance, “I was like the chattel or a child, be seen and not heard.” In a clip from the episode, Crawford appeared uncomfortable as Winfrey asked most of the questions to Casablancas, including things like “So did you have to groom her?” and “Did she always have this body?”

FAIR GAME, Cindy Crawford, 1995

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Winfrey then asked Crawford to stand up so the audience could look at her body and remarked, “This is what I call a body.” While Crawford said that she didn’t think much about the interview at the time, even agreeing to go on Winfrey’s talk show 10 more times during her long career, she now finds it problematic.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 18: Model Cindy Crawford arrives at Omega San Francisco Grand Opening VIP Celebration at de Young Museum on November 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California

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She explained, “When you look at it through today’s eyes, Oprah’s like, ‘Stand up and show me your body. Show us why you’re worthy of being here.’ In the moment, I didn’t recognize it. And watching it back, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. That was so not OK, really.’ Especially from Oprah.”

Take a look at the clip yourself below and comment with your thoughts on the interactions! You can watch The Super Models now on Apple TV+.

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