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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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.
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