- Cindy Crawford has been a model since high school
- At 50, she's ready to leave that life behind
(CNN)Cindy Crawford retire from modeling?
It may be hard to fathom, but the famed beauty -- who will be turning 50 on February 20 -- says it's time to "move on."
"I'm sure I'll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore. And that's OK. I've done it," she told United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine. "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."
Crawford has been one of the most-photographed women in the world since she was in high school. Indeed, the valedictorian of DeKalb High School in Illinois gave up a scholarship to Northwestern University to pursue a modeling career -- and became the top-paid model in the world. She made $6.5 million in 1994 alone, when she topped a Forbes list at age 28.
Crawford hasn't been a full-time model since 2000 and has largely devoted her time to her family -- she has two children with husband Rande Gerber -- and such businesses as the Cindy Crawford Home Collection of furniture.
She earned some attention early last year when an unflattering "unretouched" photo of Crawford from a 2013 Marie Claire Mexico shoot went viral. The photographer later said the image had been stolen and altered.
Several months later, Gerber posted an Instagram picture of Crawford in a bikini and no makeup while the pair were in Miami. The accompanying caption read, "Who needs hair and make-up when you look like this after jumping in the ocean."
Crawford admits to having mixed emotions about the constant focus on appearance. Her 2015 book, "Becoming," shows her life through pictures, and she's been touring to promote it.
"I don't look the same that I did 25 years ago, and I don't want to disappoint. Maybe that's the Midwesterner in me. I want them to like me," she told Hemispheres.
"But when do we just be happy where we are?"