WWD has reported that Cindy Crawford, one of the world’s most iconic supermodels, will officially retire on February 20, the day of her 50th birthday. However, an Instagram post by Crawford herself says the time off might just be temporary. See for yourself below.
Every year, I tell my kids I'm retiring. It's a running joke in our family. And yet every year, opportunities pop up that really excite me. While it's true that I'm eager to shift my focus a bit to concentrate on my businesses, friends and family — I'm not making any final statements (not all headlines tell the whole story!). I have loved being part of the fashion industry for the past 30 years — and if that time has taught me anything, it's this: never say never. Thanks for all the support, I'm so excited for what 2016 holds! xo Cindy
It's a little confusing, to say the least. WWD reports that Crawford recently told Rhapsody, “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 signed with Elite Model Management in 1986. She went on to grace the covers Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and W and land massive commercial and print campaigns such as Pepsi and Maybelline. In the high fashion world, Crawford has walked the runway for Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Versace. She was so in demand at one point that she earned more money per job than any other model on the planet.
Earlier this year, Crawford made headlines again when she appeared in Olivier Rousteing's Balmain campaign alongside peers and fellow fashion icons Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.
Those heartbroken over Crawford’s retirement/break from fashion might be comforted by the fact that we will likely see more of her daughter, 14-year-old Kaia Gerber, who has a contract with IMG. Or you can pick up a copy of Crawford's new book, Becoming ($28), which includes a collection of the model's editorial images and her pro tips on working and succeeding in fashion.
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