Come on! 63?!
Former supermodel Christie Brinkley, who yes, is 63 years old, got back in the saddle to pose for Sports Illustrated with her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18, once more.
Good genes run in the family, because while Brinkley appears to have barely aged a day, it’s hard to even tell that there’s a 13 year age difference between her daughters!
Brinkley first graced the Sports Illustrated cover in 1979, then set a record by doing so for the next two years. She continued to tour the world and don her bikini for the magazine until her retirement in 2004.
That is, until now, with the encouragement of Alexa and Sailor.
Brinkley tells People she was hesitant about getting back into a bikini at first:
“My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way! But to get to do it with my girls, I thought, ‘One last go!’”
The ladies wore coordinating black swimsuits in the spread, while also posing separately on the beautiful beaches of Turks and Caicos.
Brinkley used the opportunity to speak up about ageism in the industry:
“In a country that’s very ageist, people love to put you in little boxes,” she says. “Women feel very limited by their numbers. On a personal level, I thought, if I can pull this off, I think it will help redefine those numbers and remove some of the fear of aging.”
Alex and Sailor also jumped in to promote positive body image. They each posted a pic from the shoot on Instagram with messages of personal struggles and letting go of negativity:
I’ve had issues with my body image since before I can even remember. I grew up not loving how I looked and felt held back because of it. I don’t know why I always felt that way, sure I had baby fat and definitely went through a plethora of awkward phases, but I had a family that loved me i had friends who made me laugh etc. But for some reason I still looked in the mirror and always somehow found something to pick on. I went from being “too fat” to “too thin” to “too muscular” and I never felt satisfied. My body and I have been through it all. But recently I have been liberated. I am healthy, i treat myself well, and for that i’m happy. I’ve looked in the mirror and been able to LOVE the things about my body that beauty norms deem ‘undesirable’. I now have grown to know that my body is worthy of so many great things. I don’t need to be a size 0 to believe in myself. My body carries me each and every day, it loves the people i love, it holds what makes me healthy and strong, it bends it shakes it runs and it CHANGES. That is okay and that is beautiful. I could not be more grateful to the beautiful and strong @mj_day for including me in this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 😭😩❤ This is more than a magazine to me and always has been. As a growing young woman SI showed me all bodies are different and all bodies are worthy of celebrating. Thank you thank you @si_swimsuit for celebrating my beautiful mama, my beautiful sister, I, and ALL WOMEN!! How lucky am i?! 😩😍😍 i think I’m dreaming. 😭😩😩 thank you!!!!!!! ❤ (Also, thank you @hayleythorpeholla and @v_beast and everyone at @dogpound for changing my life 😭❤) More to come!!!!!!!!
~’Twas a most humbling and rewarding HONOR to be a part of your February issue!🌹👑🖤 Thank you @si_swimsuit & @mj_day for making me feel so at home. This was a lesson in learning to let go, take the plunge, and embrace myself from both the inside AND out- which is something I struggle with each and every day. My purpose is to now pass along this lesson of unconditional self-love and self-respect to every woman who’s willing to listen. Once again, from the bottom of my heart… Thank You.~
Watch a clip from the shoot below:
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