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Cindy Crawford to retire from modeling at 50 years old

It's official: Cindy Crawford is saying goodbye to modeling.
/ Source: TODAY

It's official: Cindy Crawford is saying goodbye to modeling.

The supermodel will turn 50 on Feb. 20 and officially retire.

"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," Crawford told United Hemispheres Magazine. "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."

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Crawford is tired of attending press events, where she's asked question after question about what it's like to get older. After looking at her 14-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, who is spending her teenage years wanting to be older, and her 93-year-old grandma, who calls her for face cream, she said she's ready to be happy with where she is.

However, Crawford later clarified her comments in an Instagram post Monday afternoon.

"Every year, I tell my kids I'm retiring. It's a running joke in our family," she wrote. "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."

With her birthday also comes the launch of her book, "Becoming Cindy Crawford," where she reflects on her life, spanning from when she was just a young girl in DeKalb, Illinois, to her three-decade-long career as a legendary supermodel.

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"I have learned enough and I am the expert on Cindy Crawford," the supermodel said. "I definitely had that confidence as a model long before I had it as a woman."