One of the original supermodels, Cindy Crawford, has announced her plans to retire from modelling, when she turns 50 later this month. Crawford celebrates her 50th birthday on February 20th and says although she’ll probably have her picture taken for another 10 more years, it won’t be as a model.

'I'm sure I'll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore,’ Crawford told Rhapsody magazine. '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.’

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Speaking about getting older the 49-year-old added: 'I see my daughter - you spend your teenage years wanting to be older. When are you just happy where you are? Both my grandmothers are still alive. One is 93 and lives by herself - but she still calls me for face cream. I wonder if she looks in the mirror and asks "Who is that?"'

'I think at your core, you're always you. For better or for worse, I feel that there is that pressure. I'm out on book tour. I don't look the same that I did 25 years ago, and I don't want to disappoint,’ she continued. ‘Maybe that's the Midwesterner in me. I want them to like me. But when do we just be happy where we are?'  

Speaking about her decades long career Crawford admitted: ‘'There was no road map for the way my career is. There might be some luck--but also willingness to take chances and do things differently.’

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The model was discovered by a photographer as a teenager in DeKalb, Illionois, after posing in a bikini for a local newspaper. Speaking about the man who first discovered her Crawford said: ‘He was the one who put it in my head. I didn't know it was a real job. I knew there were models. I mean, I had Seventeen magazine. I knew who Phoebe Cates was. But I didn't know how you got from DeKalb to being a model.'