Christie Brinkley, now 63, returned to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in a photo shoot with her two daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18. In a shot that was released on Monday, the three posed together in black bathing suits on the beach.
Brinkley has been featured on the Swimsuit Issue cover in 1979, 1980, 1981 and has appeared in the magazine eight times between 1975 and 2004.When Sports Illustrated approached her about another cover shoot, she couldn’t believe it.
“My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way!’” she told People. “When I turned 30, I was like, ‘This is the last time I’m posing in a bathing suit!’ When this issue comes out, I’ll be 63. I thought, ‘Those days are over.’ But to get to do it with my girls, I thought, ‘One last go!’”
Brinkley said the family feature in the iconic issue brought back old feelings. “I can get very emotional about this,” she told Sports Illustrated. “How many years ago, I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine. So to see my daughters now having the same thoughts I had, and to be able to see them actually be there on the job, was definitely a big moment.”
For decades, Brinkley toured the world posing in one exotic location after another and then tried her hand at acting. Brinkley played her first role as an actress in the 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation as “The girl in the red Ferrari” opposite Chevy Chase; she reprised that role in the 1997 sequel Vegas Vacation.
On April 8, 2011, in New York, Brinkley made her stage debut as Roxie Hart in the long-running musical Chicago. In 1983 she wrote and illustrated a book on health and beauty, titled “Christie Brinkley’s Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Book, which topped the New York Times bestseller list.
All of this, along with a multitude of TV commercials, music videos and magazine covers has made Christie’s career long and prosperous. At age 63, she couldn’t be more fabulous.The 2017 Swimsuit Issue comes out on newsstands next week but catch a glimpse of Christie and her daughters below.