Supermodel Cindy Crawford, turning 50, denies plans to retire

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Cindy Crawford Plans to Retire From Modeling

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Supermodel Cindy Crawford on Monday denied reports that she planned to retire from modeling this month, saying she had made no final statements and that her "retirement" was a running joke in her family.

Crawford appeared to suggest in an interview with United Airlines magazine Hemispheres last week that she would quit modeling when she turns 50 on Feb. 20.

But on Monday she wrote on her Instagram page that "not all headlines tell the whole story."

"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," Crawford wrote.

"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," she added.

Crawford became one of the first and best-known supermodels in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing on runways for the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino.

She stepped back from full-time modeling some 15 years ago, but is currently the face of French fashion house Balmain's spring/summer 2016 fashion campaign along with fellow veteran supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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FILE--Supermodel Cindy Crawford, shown in this 1995 file photo, has split with the agency that has represented her for more than 12 years. John Casablancas, owner of Elite Model Management Corp., said Friday Jan. 5, 1995 that the supermodel and his agency ``have ceased their collaboration.'' Casablancas said Crawford no longer wanted to pay the agency its customary commission. (AP Photo/File, Chris Pizzello)
PARIS, FRANCE: Picture dated 26 January 1993 shows top model Cindy Crawford as she wears a transparent plastic dress over ivory georgette styled by Karl Lagerfeld, during the 1993 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection by Chanel. (Photo credit should read PIERRE GUILLAUD/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18: Karen Mulder (L), Cindy Crawford (C) and Eva Herzigova wear criss-crossed striped tops over wide, front buttoned dresses in pastel for Herve Leger's Spring-Summer 1996 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris 18 October. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 8: Revlon Chairman Ronald Perelman (2nd L) poses with supermodels Vendela (L), Cindy Crawford (2nd R) and Claudia Schiffer at the Fire and Ice Ball 07 December 1994 in Los Angeles. Designer Giorgio Armani showcased his Spring 1995 collection at the event which benefits the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program. (Photo credit should read Ron FELLMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
1995 Ny, NY Cindy Crawford at the MTV Awards.
Cindy Crawford appears in a khaki georgette silk wrap blouse and mid-calf length front-button skirt by Calvin Klein during a show in New York, Nov. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
American top model Cindy Crawford presents a sleeveless short white dress with multi-colored trimming as part of the Chanel 1996 spring-summer ready-to-wear fashion collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, Thursday October 19, 1995.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
American model Cindy Crawford sports a long red sleeveless evening dress designed by Herve Leger for the 1996 Spring-Summer ready-to-wear collections and presented in Paris Wednesday Oct 18, 1995.(AP photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Actor Jason Priestley poses with model Cindy Crawford during the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. in Aug. 1992. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Super model Cindy Crawford sashays down the runway in a flower print long body dress from designer Todd Oldham's Fall 1994 women's wear collection in New York, April 7, 1994. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Supermodel Cindy Crawford and Florida Governor Lawton Chiles during a rehersal of the film "Fair Game" at Key Biscayne, Fla., Friday, April 21, 1995. Governor Chiles makes his acting debut as a jogger in a scene of "Fair Game" currently completing production in the Miami area. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
American top model Cindy Crawford waers only a fake fur aviator cap and holds a Siamese cat as she poses for a campaign against the use of real animal pelts on this early October 1994 photo. Copies of the cap, known as a chapka, will be sold to raise funds for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). (AP-Photo/Steven Klein)
US model Cindy Crawford gets her hair done before parading for Swish jeans Spring/Summer 1998 fashion show, in Milan Thursday, October 2, 1997. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
U.S topmodel Cindy Crawford laughs during German television show 'Bet It...?!' ('Wetten Dass... ?!') of German TV channel ZDF in Kiel, northern Germany, on Saturday, Oct.5, 2002. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)
Ronald O. Perelman poses with models, Cindy Crawford, left, Salma Hayek and Halle Berry, far right, during the presentation of designer Isaac Mizrahi's Spring '98 Collection at the eighth annual "Fire & Ice Ball" Wednesday Dec. 3, 1997 in Los Angeles. The ball benefits the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program that was established by Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald O. Perelman. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)

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