Cindy Crawford, one of the most noteworthy fashion models in existence, has announced her official retirement from modeling at the age of 50. Crawford, who got her start as a runner up in Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest at age 17, went on to star in campaigns for Versace, Escada, and Revlon, amongst others throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, walk for every brand from Chanel and Christian Dior to Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, and from 1989 to 1995, hosted MTV's House of Style. Along with fellow "supers," Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington, amongst others, Crawford had a hand in making models celebrities in their own right for the first time.
Speaking to Rhapsody magazine, Crawford confirmed her plans to retire, saying: “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.” She plans to retire after her 50th birthday on Febraury 20th. The announcement comes on the heels of Crawford appearing in Balmain's Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign alongside fellow supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.