Cindy Crawford to retire from modelling at 50

By Ava Baccari

It looks like Cindy Crawford is taking early retirement. The famed supermodel and longtime friend of George Clooney has recently announced that she'll step away from her storied career in front of the camera when she turns 50 on Feb. 20, at least professionally.

"I'm sure I'll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore," she told United Airlines' Rhapsody Magazine, "and that's OK. I've done it. I've worked with all these incredible photographers. What else do I need to do? I can't keep reinventing myself. I shouldn't have to keep proving myself. I don't want to."

Cindy graces the February cover of Rhapsody Magazine. Photo: © Rhapsody Magazine

This month marks a few significant life changes for the fabled catwalk star, who experienced a meteoric rise to fame in the early '90s: although she plans to retire as a model, she will be publishing a book, Becoming Cindy Crawford (Rizzoli), about her life in pictures. It will pay tribute to her early glory days appearing on international runways, travelling the globe and starring in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” video with famous model pals Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Canadian Linda Evangelista. Cindy doesn't see this as her last chapter, though. "Maybe not say goodbye,” she explained, “but move on.”

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The supermodel is married to Rande Gerber, George's best friend and business partner in Casamigos, and their two children, Presley, 16, and Kaia, 14, have already demonstrated their inherited model genes. Kaia landed her first campaign at 10 years old with Young Versace – and it was the late designer Gianni Versace who helped propel a fresh-faced Cindy into stardom in the '90s.

The model and her beautiful children relax on the lake near their summer home in Ontario cottage country. photo: © Vogue

"There’s always another thing to look forward to. The big numbers are hard – or mind-boggling – for me. You wake up at 40, or almost 50, and you realize, I’m still me," said the gorgeous mom, who spends her summers with her family at their cottage in the Lake Muskoka area of Ontario. "The fact that I am doing work that I love, have a good relationship with my husband, beautiful kids, all of that makes it not totally painless because there’s still some yearning for what was, but what would I trade for it? What day or what experience of my life would I give up to be younger? Nothing.”

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