American model Cindy Crawford is one of the most iconic personalities in the fashion industry, as she has been posing in front of the cameras for more than 34 astonishing years now. Unfortunately (for us), the leggy model has just announced one of the saddest decisions of all time, which is going to be effective starting from February 20, 2016 on Crawford’s 50th birthday: Cindy Crawford is going to retire from modelling, and will no longer be walking the ramp.
She left the official announcement up to the United Airlines Rhapsody magazine, turning a few hours later to her Instagram account, where she often posts pictures of her daily life and career, to further clarify her position, which might be actually not as radical as we all thought at first: “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!”
Crawford, who actually quit full-time modelling 16 years ago, decided to sew up her legendary career with two last stunning photoshoots, respectively for the aforementioned Rapsody Magazine and for the Balmain SS 2016 campaign, for which she joined forces with fellow Nineties colleagues Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. On both sets she looked nothing but jaw-dropping, sporting one toned physique and an almost ageless face that make us wonder whether she is actually going to turn 50 or 30.
The announcement, as said, does not however mean the legendary model is going to totally shut down all the possibilities that will open up to her in the future, and her decision has nothing to do with the entertainment industry itself: “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,” Crawford explained, making us question whether she already has something in mind or not (we obviously hope so).
It appears clear that Crawford may be highly interested in venturing outside the golden realm of modelling, and basically anything could happen at this point. Is she going to focus on an acting career? Or will she just work in the fashion industry but behind the scenes, as a stylist or even fashion designer? Such decisions won’t be surprising at all, as many other Eighties/Nineties top-list models followed similar paths too, and are now often teaming up with fast-fashion retailers to design fancy capsule collections.
Anyhow, for those who already feel the blues and can’t wait to celebrate Cindy Crawford’s incomparable career, we suggest taking a look at her brand new autobiographical book, entitled Becoming, for which she chronicled both her life and career, sharing all the good and bad lessons she learned while walking on and outside the catwalk, as well as the most astounding pictures renowned photographers took for her during the long and revolutionary 34 years.
Photo courtesy of @CindyCrawford