Supermodel Cindy Crawford blasted former talk show host Oprah Winfrey for objectifying her to her TV audience when she was only 20. The incident occurred when Crawford, now 57, appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986.
Winfrey gushed over the young model’s looks, asking her audience, “Did she always have this body? This is unbelievable. Stand up just a moment. Now this is what I call a BODY!”
Crawford looked back on the awkward interaction in an upcoming Apple TV+ documentary titled “The Super Models.” It features industry icons such as Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.
The model responded to Winfrey’s comments by shyling standing and displaying her body to the studio audience. She said at the moment she did not recognize the injustice done to her.
Crawford noted, “I was like the chattel or a child, be seen and not heard.” She said the host acted as though she should stand to “show us why you’re worthy of being here.
She said now she thinks, “Oh my gosh, that was so not okay really.”
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Crawford appeared on the billionaire host’s show with John Casablancas of the Elite Modeling Agency. Winfrey asked him if the young Crawford went through a “training period.”
Casablancas told the host that her impediments were all psychological, that she was not certain that she wanted to be a model. “I’m saying it now on this program, if she wants she can be number one in the business.”
Crawford recalled in the documentary passing out numerous times from hunger. She told the Daily Mail that she had dropped out of college to model in Chicago and was making $1,000 per day doing mostly catalog shoots.
As she waited for lunch, she said, “I passed out more than once.” But when she did, “they would prop you back up and you would do it all over again.”
Crawford is not the only model to chastise Winfrey for interactions when they were young. Brooke Shields, now 58, appeared on the “Drew Barrymore Show” last year and complained about questions asked by Winfrey when she was only 15.
Shields said the host asked about her measurements and then asked her to stand up. Winfrey then started comparing herself to a 15-year-old girl, which Shields remembered as not being “right.”