Cindy Crawford, one of the most successful and recognizable models of the past 30 years, has announced her plans to retire when she turns 50 on February 20. “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,” Crawford recently told United Airlines in-flight magazine, Rhapsody.
Crawford was featured on her first Vogue cover in 1986. In the decade that followed, she—alongside models like Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington—helped define the ‘90s supermodel boom by modeling in iconic campaigns for Versace, Pepsi, Revlon, and more. In 1995, Forbes named her the highest-earning model in the world.
Her successful career (which includes movies, TV shows and books) extended into the 2000s with covers and spreads in Vogue, Maxim, GQ, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and People. She recently appeared in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video and reunited with fellow ‘90s supermodels Campbell and Claudia Schiffer in a campaign for Balmain.
“I’m sure I’ll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore,” Crawford tells Rhapsody.
Best wishes to Cindy on her retirement! After years of hustling, being in the spotlight, and working her tight buns off, she must now settle into the less-than-glamorous life of a gorgeous woman who vacations with George and Amal Clooney, has tons of money, and manages her teenage daughter’s own modeling career.
Images via Vogue, Balmain and Versace.