Christie Brinkley Slays at 63 on Cover of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition With Gorgeous Daughters


63 Years Old And Still Smoking Hot


Christie Brinkley, the legendary supermodel who first graced the pages of Sports Illustrated Swim back in 1979, is returning to the cover of the glossy magazine with her daughters.  Thanks to Instagram and the models themselves we have a sneak peek at the gorgeous spread and also an insight into the struggles faced by the women to feel beautiful despite age, shape, and size.  Each of the three models took to Instagram to tout the importance of body positivism, and providing supportive and realistic inspiration for girls to follow.


SI Swim Says: Beauty at Any Age


The stunning and seemingly ageless 63-year-old Brinkley poses in a black one-piece with see-through mesh over dramatic cut-out detailing in the glamorous cover shot.  Sporting strappy bikinis just below the famous supermodel are her daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook also simmering in black.  The backdrop is the stunning Turks and Caicos islands with palm trees and warm sandy beaches visible behind the trio of sirens.



“Yes! I am excited to announce that I am back in @si_swimsuit…I figured with my gorgeous daughters @alexarayjoel and @sailorbrinkleycook by my side, whose going to be looking at me!” Christie wrote beside the image on Instagram.


“Oh and my kids think I walk on water, so let’s not mention the apple box concealed just under the surface,” Brinkley added, revealing the secret trick behind the stunning shot where she appears to float above the surface of the waves while her daughters stand beneath them. “Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!”



“At My Age? No Way!” Christie’s First Thoughts


The historic photo shoot almost didn’t happen, though.  “My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way!'” Christie told People magazine, who interviewed the three women ahead of the magazine’s 2017 release. “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!'”


You can get Alexa’s gorgeous and romantic ruffled bikini from Amazon for less than $200, but if you want it act soon because once the issue sells out of newsstands this will sell out.

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Christie Brinkley appeared in the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition magazine eight times between the years 1975 to 2004.  Her tenure is best known for the record three consecutive SI Swimsuit covers she graced in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Up until that point, no Sports Illustrated Swim model had been on the cover even twice in a row, but then-editor Jule Campbell decided to put Christie on the front and kept her there three years running, to rave reviews.  Brinkley continued to appear in the swimsuit magazine until 2004 – thirteen years ago.


Even Models Struggle With  Self-Confidence


“This is a real full circle moment for me,” Christie Brinkley said on the set, with tears in her eyes. “I can get very emotional about this. 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… I couldn’t even believe my ears when I got the call that MJ wanted to shoot my daughters and me. I was thrilled.”



Sailor Brinkley Cook also shared a few words with the photograph on her Instagram, indicating this was much more than just an ordinary shoot for the 18-year-old model. “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,” Sailor shared. “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.”


Get the Look for Less


If you love the style of the Brinkley women and their gorgeous bikinis, here are some looks you’ll want to wear this summer to look hot and feel sexy on the beach, no matter what your age or size!



The secret to these slimming bikinis is the mesh peek-a-boo cut outs!  They hide a multitude of sins and flatter every shape.  The dramatic design of these swimsuits leads the eye away from trouble spots and right to your curves, where you want people to be looking appreciatively.  Not to mention, black is slimming and universally appealing, and the masterful cuts of these suits brings out your most flattering angles.  Some things in life are worth splurging on, and good quality swimwear is one of them.



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!!!!!!!!

A photo posted by Sailor Brinkley Cook (@sailorbrinkleycook) on


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The 18-year-old blonde model continued, “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?!”


Behind the Scenes Drama on the Bikini Shoot


Let’s STOP degrading and START celebrating ourselves and others, from both the inside AND out! 🌸🌹🕊🦋💐There’s far too much degradation, competition, insecurity, and unhealthy standards associated with women and their bodies- particularly on social-media. As a conscious society, it’s up to us to flip this negativity on its head. I don’t have a completely flat tummy, or cellulite-free thighs… nor am I a model’s height or shape. Neither are hundreds of millions of other beautiful women out there. SO WHAT? Does it really matter, in the end? All that matters is how YOU feel about yourself. Set your own standards of beauty; both internally and externally. All of those unrealistic-looking, photoshopped images are nothing more than white noise, playing off of your own insecurities in order to make a buck. Don’t let them affect you. DO YOU! We are all perfect, just as we are. Please know that. Thank you @si_swimsuit for showcasing all heights, shapes, and sizes. For within our distinctions, our quirks, and our self-perceived “flaws”…. therein lies the beauty. 👑✨{Capture Credit: @si_swimsuit #BTS #BehindTheScenes… Thank you for the honor of shooting me with my Precious & Golden Sunshines: Mamacita & Sailorina.}

A photo posted by Alexa Ray Joel🌹 (@alexarayjoel) on


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Alexa Ray, named for Ray Charles and the daughter of famous musician Billy Joel, tried to promote the message of body positivity on her Instagram with the above post but was met with disapproval and trolling comments from those who felt she was being hypocritical by showing off what they considered a gorgeous body while asking them to embrace their flaws. The irony ran rampant, with Alexa being shamed both for not having the typical perfect body, and for having too perfect of a body to be insecure with at the same time.




This miniature encapsulated drama perfectly summarizes the point all three women were trying to make with their Instagram posts and their participation in the magazine in the first place. Every body is beautiful, because it houses the soul of a human person. Every body should be loved and celebrated, and encouraged to health and wellness by a supportive, non-judgmental community.




With family together, however, the experience ended up turning out better than Christie Brinkley or her girls imagined. “It was definitely entertaining — a little bit of a reality TV moment,” Alexa stated in Sports Illustrated. “We all have our own style. And Sailor is kind of the young new little, perfect little, sporty little model. My mom is almost, I tease her, that she’s ADD in terms of how much energy she has. She literally can’t stop moving. And I’m still new at this and I was just trying to maintain my focus.” Modeling is a still a new endeavor for Alexa Ray, who has forged a career as a singer and songwriter.  An interview and story with the three women is featured in the upcoming issue of People Magazine.


What Do You Think?

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