Cindy Crawford Retires, Struts Away From Modeling
After more than three decades of strutting, supermodel extraordinaire, Cindy Crawford, has announced her retirement from the modeling world. Talking to Carina Chocano for United Airline’s Rhapsody magazine, Crawford said, “I’ve done it. I’ve worked with all these incredible photographers. What else do I need to do?”
She’s right. Crawford was one of the biggest supermodels of all time, if not the biggest. Her illustrious modeling career began when she was only 17, when she was awarded runner-up for Elite Model Management‘s Look of the Year contest. After moving to NYC, her career skyrocketed, appearing on hundreds of runways for iconic designers like Dior, Calvin Klein, and Chanel, and on the glossy covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Playboy. Crawford was a star, one of the legendary “original supermodels”– alongside others like the eternal Naomi Campbell— whose status made her more akin to a movie starlet than a runway model. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, if you were searching for a guiding light in the fashion world, you were peeking into these women’s wardrobes.
Crawford, in particular, was celebrated for her signature beauty mark–seen in the hilarious Australian chocolate syrup ad above–and for her sharp wit. “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford,” she joked on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Before she decided to pursue modeling full-time, Crawford studied chemical engineering at Northwestern University: take that, harmful stereotypes.
Even though she’s stepping away from the camera, it’s unlikely that she will completely withdraw from the fashion world. Crawford, who turns 50 on February 20th, has celebrated the occasion by publishing a retrospective, Becoming, a collection of photos and writing from the outspoken mother, empowered model, and all-around badass. She’s also still developing Icon, an NBC show that’ll fictionalize the bitter rivalries between modeling agencies in the ’80s. And Crawford is tied to modeling at her roots–her daughter, Kaia Jordan Gerber, has an up-and-coming career as a model, having already appeared in Vogue and Interview Magazine. This may be goodbye to the model Cindy Crawford, but we have no doubt we’ll be seeing Cindy Crawford, the creative, again and again.
Stay tuned to Milk for more supermodel shenanigans.