Cindy Crawford defies aging in fresh-faced bikini photo

Crawford: Real beauty comes out if you're happy
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  • Her husband posted the image of her
  • Crawford said she felt conflicted about another viral image

(CNN)There is at least one non-airbrushed photo of which Cindy Crawford approves.

The supermodel's husband, Rande Gerber, posted a pic of his 49-year-old wife in a bikini and no makeup while the pair were in Miami. The accompanying caption read, "Who needs hair and make-up when you look like this after jumping in the ocean. The #becomingcindy tour continues in Miami."
The couple, who have been married since 1998, have two children. Crawford's new book, "Becoming," chronicles her life and career.
    In February, an unflattering "unretouched" photo of Crawford from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico shoot went viral. The photographer later said the image had been stolen and altered.
    Crawford told Elle Canada that she "felt blindsided" by the incident but also conflicted because so many women had hailed the picture as proof that models are just like everyone else in their imperfections.
    "It's clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse," she said. "It was stolen, and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction" to the image.