Supermodel Cindy Crawford, turning 50, denies plans to retire

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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German designer for Chanel fashion house Karl Lagerfeld is surrounded by top models (L-R) American Cindy Crawford, Danish Helena Christensen and German Claudia Schiffer at the end of Chanel's Spring/Summer high fashion show January 26
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.
Supermodel and actress Cindy Crawford poses for photographers at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards June 3 in Hollywood. Crawford co-hosted the show. The program will be telecast on CBS June 6
Super model Cindy Crawford, with only a cat to hide her naked body, poses recently for photographs as part of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) anti-fur campaign
Supermodel and actress Cynthia Ann 'Cindy' Crawford attends the 56th Academy Awards. (Photo by Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty Images)
Cindy Crawford modeling on the catwalk at a presentation of Dolce e Gabbana's spring-summer collection in Milan. (Photo by ?? Vittoriano Rastelli/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor Richard Gere arrives at Hard Rock Cafe with model friend Cindy Crawford for premiere party of his new movie 'Miles from Home.' Flick features Gere as one of two brothers who 'lose the farm.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 5: Model Cindy Crawford attends the 'Hooray for Hollywood' Gala to Benefit amfAR on April 5, 1988 at Bloomingdale's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American supermodel Cindy Crawford, circa 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH: Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Thierry Mugler Pret a Porter Autumn/Winter 1990-1991 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in March, 1990 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Cindy Crawford (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
German designer Thierry Mugler shows his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. Model Cindy Crawford is wearing a sequined bustier with an elaborate yellow train (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Cindy Crawford attends Versace's 'Rock 'N Rule' Fashion Show Gala to Benefit amfAR on September 14, 1992 at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Cindy Crawford (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER: Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 1993-1994 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in October, 1993 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 12: Model Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Fall 1994 Fashion Week: Isaac Mizrahi Fashion Show on April 12, 1994 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Cindy Crawford (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - CIRCA 1995: Cindy Crawford at the Herve Leger Spring 1996 show circa 1995 in Paris, France. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1022 -- Pictured: (l-r) Model Cindy Crawford during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 31, 1996 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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