Cindy Crawford Retires At 50 As Daughter Starts Top Model Career, Credits Body To Fitness, Chocolate, & Juicing

Cindy Crawford, famed for her supermodel success, is retiring. Just before celebrating her 50th birthday this month, Cindy made the surprise announcement that she feels the big 5-0 will mark the right time to say farewell to the modeling world. And although Crawford doesn’t have any problems with being photographed in the future, those pictures will not result from pursuing her profession as a model, reported ET.

Becoming Cindy Crawford can be viewed as a celebration of her supermodel career, says the 49-year-old of her recently released book. And she feels that she’s at the point in her life where reinventing herself or proving herself should not be a requirement.

Cindy Crawford succeeded as a supermodel for years, but now she feels she shouldn't have to reinvent herself anymore.
Cindy Crawford succeeded as a supermodel for years, but now she feels she shouldn't have to reinvent herself anymore. [Photo Courtesy of Pepsi/ Getty Images]

“I’m sure I’ll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore. And that’s OK,” said Cindy. “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.”

In 2000, Crawford stopped her career as a full-time model. However, Cindy did not stop modeling then. Most recently, Crawford wowed as part of a Balmain campaign, for which she revisited one of her professional peaks along with Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, all part of the ’90s supermodel trajectory.

But the modeling world won’t have to look far for an act that can compete with Cindy. Her doppelganger daughter Kaia Gerber has her own contract as a model with IMG Models, and she’s only 14-years-old.

Kaia was a sensation recently at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party, showing why she’s known as a lookalike of her famous model mom because of her stunning hair and sensational style sense. But even though Gerber is a rising star, a mom’s gotta worry.

“Today, models are expected to be so tiny and I worry about that for her, because that was never my natural body type and I don’t think it’ll be hers either,” admitted Crawford. “Still, I’ll say to her, ‘Enjoy carbs while you can!'”

Cindy Crawford (R) and daughter Kaia Gerber are sharing passion for modeling.
Cindy Crawford (R) and daughter Kaia Gerber are sharing passion for modeling. [Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

When it comes to those carbs and a model diet, Cindy is generous in sharing the secrets of her supermodel body, reported Shape.

And here’s a hint of what Crawford may pursue in her post-modeling career, because as an entrepreneur as well as a supermodel, Cindy recently teamed up with juicing company Urban Remedy to help motivate others to harness the healing potential of the right foods.

Neka Pasquale, a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Chinese nutritionist, founded Urban Remedy with the principle of using food as medicine. The company incorporates farm-sourced organic ingredients that are rich in superfoods.

A big proponent of juicing and exercising, Crawford is particularly fond of green juices.

“Each green juice is full of minerals and active enzymes that aid in cleansing, detoxifying the body, helping restore balance, and boosting energy. My favorite green juices are rich in E3 Live, an all-organic aqua botanical considered one of nature’s most beneficial superfoods. It makes my skin absolutely glow. I tend to stick with green juices—I really like to keep an eye on my sugar intake.”

Cindy also whips up her own shakes and juice combinations but admits that she does not deny her love for chocolate.

“I love chocolate and I have some every day. I like to get the Dagoba Chocodrops that are 74 percent cacao. I like that they are chip size, so a small handful satisfies!” exclaimed Crawford.

When it comes to exercise, Cindy works out with trainer Sarah Hagaman three times every week.

“We do circuit training for the whole body using weights, some machines, and my own body weight with lunges and squats. We usually do about 10 minutes of weights and then a five-minute cardio segment. Right now we are into running stairs, but we switch it up. We repeat the 10-minute weight and five-minute cardio at least three times and then we finish up with abs and stretching. If I can squeeze in a hike or bike ride with my husband or a girlfriend during the week, that’s just a bonus!”

As for her top tips? Don’t smoke, keep exercising (Cindy has a fitness track record of more than 25 years), use sunscreen, and choose the right food.

“I try to eat 80 percent right 80 percent of the time and this seems to work for me. But probably the most important thing is to be living your life with gratitude. When you are grateful, you can’t help being happy,” added Crawford.

Cindy will celebrate her 50th birthday on February 20, reported People.

In addition to daughter Kaia Jordan Gerber and son Presley Walker Gerber, Crawford will celebrate that occasion and her retirement with husband Rande Gerber.

[Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images]