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“I don't want to keep proving myself” Cindy Crawford retires from modelling, aged 50

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One of the original 90s “Supers”, Cindy Crawford has revealed she’s planning to retire from modelling when she turns 50 on 20 February. 

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford was one of the original 90s "Supers"

Speaking to United Airlines' Rhapsody Magazine, the star said: "I'm sure I'll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore. 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 Crawford at British Designer Week in 1991

Cindy Crawford at British Designer Week in 1991

Crawford started her career in 1986 when she was signed to Elite New York modelling agency and went on to walk the catwalk for the likes of Chanel, Versace and Christian Dior. She also appeared in campaigns for Guess, Revlon and Calvin Klein. 

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

Cindy Crawford in her iconic red Versace dress at the 1991 Academy Awards with Richard Gere

The red Versace dress that Crawford wore to the 1991 Academy Awards with her then-husband Richard Gere spawned numerous copies and became one of the most iconic red carpet dresses in history. 

Fashion guru Michael Kors credited the model with revolutionising the image of the all-American girl.

"Cindy changed the perception of the 'sexy American girl' from classic blue eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette with brains, charm, and professionalism to spare," he remarked.

One of Crawford’s last modelling jobs has also become one of the most talked-about campaigns of the year.

Balmain’s latest SS16 ad shows Cindy with Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer in a tribute to what designer Olivier Rousteing described as harking back to the golden age of modelling. 

Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber

Cindy Crawford with her daughter Kaia Gerber

Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber is set to follow in her mother’s very fashionable footsteps - the 14-year-old is already signed to IMG Models and appeared in Teen Vogue.

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