Later this month Cindy Crawford turns 50, marking an incredible half century for the supermodel who became the highest-paid model on the planet by 1995 – having been discovered on a farm aged just 16.
Crawford, who turns 50 on February 20 and is worth a reported £65million, quit full-time modelling in 2000. After releasing her autobiography Becoming in September last year, Crawford has now announced that she’s to retire entirely.
Calling time on her career, Crawford told United Airlines’ magazine Rhapsody: “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 (@CindyCrawford) January 31, 2016
Crawford was one of the original supermodels alongside the likes of Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell. And the news comes after she reunited with Schiffer and Campbell for a Balmain campaign last month.
Those mourning Crawford’s retirement from the modeling world will find solace that she’s seemingly passed her genes to her two children, Kaia and Presley Gerber. At just 14, Kaia has already featured in Vogue whilst 16-year-old Presley features in this months CR Fashion Book.
“I shouldn’t have to keep proving myself. I don’t want to”
In honour of Crawford’s career, here are the best pictures from Becoming, which all demonstrate how she defined the polish of Nineties glamour. They include the famous Playboy shoot by Herb Ritts that played a central part in the coffee table tome, as well as the time she graced the cover of Loaded in 1997.
Loaded reporter Robert McCallum has written for many leading culture magazines and websites about music, sport, science, politics, fashion and arts. Follow Robert at @therobmccallum