Cindy Crawford attends Saks Fifth Avenue's private cocktail and Q&A with Fern Mallis. Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage

Cindy Crawford took to Instagram and Twitter on Monday, February 1, to clarify her comments about retiring. According to the supermodel, she’s not ending her modeling career entirely just yet.

“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 captioned a black-and-white snap of herself. “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. Thanks for all the support, I'm so excited for what 2016 holds! xo Cindy.”

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Supermodel no more! Cindy Crawford has revealed she's stepping away from her modeling career as she prepares to hit the big 5-0 later this month (on Saturday, February 20). 

The stunning mom-of-two made the surprising declaration during an interview with United Airlines' Rhapsody Magazine, explaining she's had enough of life in the fast lane.

"I'm sure I'll have my picture taken for 10 more years, but not as a model anymore," she told the outlet. "And that's okay. 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."

Crawford's last major modeling job before this interview was a big one  and a good finale for the 49-year-old's impressive career. She teamed up with fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer for Balmain's SS16 campaign.

But now it seems Rande Gerber's wife is ready to put her high heels aside to make way for the next generation of models, including her own daughter, Kaia, 14.

"They are all taking pictures of themselves, or having their friends take pictures for their social media," Cindy said of her daughter's blossoming career as a model. "Kaia would be modeling even if she weren't modeling. All the girls are modeling. They are not dependent only on how a photographer sees them. They have a direct relationship with their fans."

And the brunette beauty says that looking back over her career, she now feels proud of her achievements, even if in the past she sometimes struggled to justify her choice of industry.

"I was like, I love my job, but am I really that superficial that I just love getting my hair and makeup done and looking beautiful?" she revealed. "And what I realized was that what I really love and am passionate about is communication," she added. "And the way that I have been communicating for the past 30 years has been through pictures."

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