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Cindy Crawford Claims Oprah Winfrey Treated Her “Like Chattel” During Interview In The ’80s

Supermodel Cindy Crawford is calling out Oprah Winfrey for how she treated her during an interview way back in 1986. That’s nearly 40 years ago, if you need help with the math.

Crawford was 20-years-old at the time and one of the most in-demand models in the world. When she appeared on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show‘ back in 1986, she claims Oprah treated her like personal property, as opposed to an actual human with thoughts and feelings.

She made the admission during an interview in the Apple TV+ docuseries, The Super Models. Crawford remembered how Oprah demanded she “stand up” during the interview and show off her body to the live studio audience. “This is what I call a body,” Oprah told the crowd.

I was like the chattel or a child, be seen and not heard. When you look at it through today’s eyes, Oprah’s like … ‘Show us why you’re worthy of being here.’ In the moment, I didn’t recognize it. Watching it back I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, that was so not OK really,’ Especially from Oprah!

Personally, I think this is a bit of a reach. I mean, Crawford’s body is the reason she got work as a model. If Oprah invited a singer on the show and had them belt out a tune, wouldn’t it be the same concept? DON’T CANCEL, OPRAH!

Elsewhere in the docuseries, Crawford revealed her dad did not understand her job at all and was really skeptical in the beginning…

My dad really didn’t understand that modeling was a real career. He thought modeling was, like, another name for prostitution.

He eventually came around to it, and how could he not? Cindy has been one of the most successful models in history, building up a $400 million net worth!