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Yep, you read that right: after just over 30 years as the veritable #Queen of the fashion industry and modeling world, Cindy Crawford will hang up her crown and retire, WWD reports. It truly is a sad day for us all.

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From the sound of things, Crawford is simply tired of trying to make her way in an industry that constantly requires change and is always on the lookout for the Next Big Thing. She told United Airlines’ Rhapsody Magazine, “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.”

And really, as sad as it will be to see someone so iconic leaving an industry that, quite frankly, we can’t imagine without her, the simple phrase, “I don’t want to” should be enough for all of us. After 30 years and at 50 years old (Crawford’s official retirement will coincide with her fiftieth birthday on February 20), it’s any woman’s prerogative to decide whether or not she wants to continue down a certain path. As she explained to WWD, “It’s hard turning 50 in an industry that’s so centered on aesthetics.” That’s right, y’all: even Cindy Crawford feels the pressures of the fashion industry.

Perhaps we should have all seen this coming. Despite the fact that she very recently starred in Balmain‘s spring campaign alongside Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, she made some telling comments at the Los Angeles launch of her newest book, Becoming. She told WWD,

“[The purpose of writing this book]  was to celebrate turning 50. Either you embrace it or hide. It’s hard for anybody, but especially for someone who’s 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.”

Even this simple comment about how hard continuing to work in an aesthetics-based industry is, long before the idea of retirement was even out there in the ether, should have been enough to make us realize that, while she could probably easily work for another 30 years, Crawford is just tired. After appearing on more than a handful magazine covers, including VogueElle, and Harper’s Bazaar, even more high-profile campaigns for everyone from Revlon to Versace, walking in runway shows for the likes of ChanelDiorCalvin KleinRalph Lauren, and Valentino, and countless TV, movie, and music video appearances—she most recently appeared as the Headmistress in Taylor Swift‘s alarmingly star-studded music video for “Bad Blood”—Crawford has earned the right to be tired.

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Crawford’s children, Presley and Kaia Gerber, will likely carry on her legacy in the modeling world, and it certainly seems as though they have the chops to fill their mother’s shoes. Presley was recently featured in CR Men’s Book looking like a young David Beckham, and Kaia, who signed with IMG models this past June and has already been featured in the pages of Teen VogueInterviewVogue Italia, and CR Fashion Book, could easily be her mother’s twin.

As with all things in life, all good things must come to an end, and Cindy’s reign as the Supreme of all Supermodels has run its course. It’s been a great run, Cindy. Enjoy your retirement!