Christie Brinkley knows better.
The beloved supermodel, 68, recently sat down with him Long Island woman magazine where she talked about how she sees the modeling industry now that she’s in her late 60s and why 2017 was unforgettable Sports Illustrated Catching up with her two daughters was a “cathartic” experience.
When reflecting on her famous cover with daughters Alexa Ray Joel, 37, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 25, (who were 31 and 18 at the time, respectively), the timeless beauty said the opportunity “came out of the blue” and admitted that he wondered whether or not it was a smart choice.
“I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do it,” she said of the shoot, which was shot at her family’s home in Turks and Caicos. “But I really wanted my girls to have that experience, so we said OK. .”
Brinkley also has a son, Jack, 27, who she shares with her ex-husband, architect Peter Halsey Cook, who is also Sailor’s father. The model shares Alexa with her other famous ex-husband, musician Billy Joel.
However, despite their experience being in the spotlight, Brinkley says the trio still struggled with some body insecurities.
“The second you start thinking about being inside Sports Illustrated you start thinking “Oh, are we stacking?” explained. “Everybody gets a little insecure. It was kind of interesting for everyone to be there together and face their insecurities and get it out.”
She continued: “My girls both had different fears growing up in front of the scrutiny of the press, so I think it was filled with a little bit of anxiety. But it was cathartic, I think. They all enjoyed the moment and the experience together.”
On her approach to life, Brinkley shared, “I’ve always been of the school, ‘You have to be grateful for what you have. You’ve got two arms, two legs, two eyes’. It’s silly to worry about anything else. Be grateful. So what if it’s five pounds heavier, it’s you and everything’s fine.”
This attitude has helped her combat negative thoughts with healthier ones, especially when it comes to the subject of aging.
“I think it’s really important not to focus on the numbers,” he said of aging. “I think it’s really great to forget how old you are and keep moving forward, doing the things you love. I know people who focus on the numbers and what they represent. I think it’s really important to be more aware of how you feel.”
The supermodel also touched on how she thinks the modeling industry has evolved over the decades, praising her push for inclusion.
“The most beautiful thing about this beauty industry is that its arms are wide open trying to make sure that it embraces and celebrates every size, shape, age, race,” she said, “and that they see themselves and find themselves on the pages . and they feel good about themselves.”
Brinkley calls it “a great movement,” adding, “I’d still like to see more women my age in magazines, because women tell me all the time on my Instagram account, ‘I’m so happy when I see your full outfit. Because sometimes I don’t know what’s okay to wear. And I try to give people the message that if you feel good about it, then it’s okay.”
At the time when the Sports Illustrated The cover was released in 2017, Sailor had spoken about the experience and how it caused her ongoing body issues.
“I’ve had body image issues since I can’t even remember,” she captioned a photo from the shoot with her mom and sister. “I grew up not liking the way I looked and feeling held back because of it. I don’t know why I always felt this way, sure I had baby fat and sure I went through a lot of awkward phases, but I had a family that loved me, I had friends that made me laugh, etc. But for some reason I still looked in the mirror and always somehow found something to pick at.”
She continued: “I went from ‘too fat’ to ‘too skinny’ to ‘too muscular’ and I never felt satisfied. My body and I have been through it all. But recently I’ve broken free. I’m healthy, I’m treating myself well, and that’s why I’m happy. I looked in the mirror and was able to LOVE the things about my body that beauty rules consider ‘undesirable.'”
Sailor shared that she now knows her body is “deserving of so many great things,” saying, “I don’t have to be a size 0 to believe in myself. My body carries me every day, I love the people I love, I keep it that makes me healthy and strong and bends and shakes and runs and CHANGES. That’s okay and that’s beautiful.”
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