STEPPING ASIDE: Cindy Crawford will bow out from the modeling industry when she celebrates her 50th birthday on Feb. 20 this year. Speaking to United Airlines’ Rhapsody magazine to promote her new book “Becoming,” the supermodel, whose career spans over 30 years, said, “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 recently landed the Balmain spring ad campaign, one of the buzziest in the season’s campaign rollout, appearing alongside fellow Nineties supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. At the time, she told WWD, “It’s hard turning 50 in an industry that’s so centered on aesthetics.”

The sentiment was echoed at the Los Angeles launch of “Becoming” in December, when she told WWD, “It was to celebrate turning 50,” of what spawned “Becoming.” “Either you embrace it or hide. It’s hard for anybody, but especially for someone whose whole business has been about aesthetics. It’s still hard — my birthday is in February and I can’t believe I’m really turning 50. But this helped me realize how much I’ve grown. Every line on your face is a lesson.”

Her 14-year-told doppelgänger daughter Kaia Gerber will likely carry on the modeling legacy — having already shot editorials for Teen Vogue, Interview, Vogue Italia and CR Fashion Book. Of that prospect, Crawford told WWD last February that her daughter is “chomping at the bit to model.” She signed with IMG in June.

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