Everyone’s Jaw Is Dropping Because Of 66-Year-Old Christie Brinkley

Healthy living, exercising, confidence, and a little cosmetic surgery, these are the secrets that explain why Christie Brinkley still looks so fresh and young even at the age of 66! She has come clean about what tricks she uses to feel and look so good, so keep reading to find out!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jim Spellman / FilmMagic | Model/actress Christie Brinkley attends the 2019 FN Achievement Awards at IAC Building on December 03, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jim Spellman / FilmMagic | Model/actress Christie Brinkley attends the 2019 FN Achievement Awards at IAC Building on December 03, 2019 in New York City.


HOW DID IT ALL STARTED FOR THE AMERICAN MODEL?

Born by the name of Christie Lee Hudson on February 2nd, 1954, the future American model and actress is originally from Monroe, Michigan. Her parents, Herbert and Marjorie, raised their child together but eventually got divorced, which might have had some impact on Christie herself.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Manny Carabel | Christie Brinkley poses in the IMG Lounge during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Manny Carabel | Christie Brinkley poses in the IMG Lounge during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City.

Christie moved to Los Angeles with her mother when she was quite young, who eventually married successful TV writer Don Brinkley. Her stepfather later adopted Christie, who took his last name as her own. Growing up in Los Angeles, Christie dubbed herself as a “surfer girl” and she had a particular interest in the French culture.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frank Micelotta / ImageDirect | Portrait of Christie Brinkley.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frank Micelotta / ImageDirect | Portrait of Christie Brinkley.


FROM FRENCH SCHOOL TO LIVING IN FRANCE

Due to her passion for French culture, Christie opted to enroll in the French-oriented Lycée Français de Los Angeles, where she learned the language and history of the country. After graduating from high school, she went to college for a period of time but ended up not concluding her studies.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic | Model/actress Christie Brinkley visits Build Series to discuss "Milestones of Me" campaign to encourage women to celebrate life's milestones at Build Studio on January 29, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic | Model/actress Christie Brinkley visits Build Series to discuss "Milestones of Me" campaign to encourage women to celebrate life's milestones at Build Studio on January 29, 2019 in New York City.

At the beginning of the 1970s, she “surfer-girl” decided to move to Paris, where she was studying art and working as an illustrator, but that would soon change and her life would take a completely different route. After being discovered by an American photographer, Christie began her modeling career, and soon signed with the Elite Model Management Agency.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris von Wangenheim / Conde Nast | Model Christie Brinkley, wearing a white silk crepe pajama by Geoffrey Beene, and a gold leaf necklace by Mary McFadden, while restraining a Doberman Pinscher on a leash.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris von Wangenheim / Conde Nast | Model Christie Brinkley, wearing a white silk crepe pajama by Geoffrey Beene, and a gold leaf necklace by Mary McFadden, while restraining a Doberman Pinscher on a leash.


RETURNING TO THE US, A TRIP TO THE CONCRETE JUNGLE

After doing some modeling work in Paris, Christie decided to return to the US and moved to New York City, where she signed with the Ford Model Agency. Being an athletic young woman, it was expected that she would take her steps in sports modeling sooner than she did.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Christie Brinkley works out in a pink spandex unitard and leg warmers.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Christie Brinkley works out in a pink spandex unitard and leg warmers.

Her first big career move happened when she signed a contract with CoverGirl in 1976, and Christie became the face of the cosmetics firm. However, later in the same year, she was hired by Sports Illustrated and began her swimsuit career, which would make her the cover of hundreds of magazines.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mark Sagliocco | Host Christie Brinkley attends the Southampton Sweat on August 5, 2018 in Southampton, New York.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mark Sagliocco | Host Christie Brinkley attends the Southampton Sweat on August 5, 2018 in Southampton, New York.


THE NEW GENERATION OF MODELS

Christie was one of the first models in the industry to specialize in sportswear modeling, as opposed to most models before her who tended to be photographed in couture fashion. Her beauty and talent soon made her career in swimsuit modeling a massive hit, and she was the cover of the annual swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrator for three years.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kourken Pakchanian / Condé Nast | Model Christie Brinkley, sitting with crossed legs on a wicker couch with pillows, and wearing a short ivory T-shirt dress by Callaghan.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kourken Pakchanian / Condé Nast | Model Christie Brinkley, sitting with crossed legs on a wicker couch with pillows, and wearing a short ivory T-shirt dress by Callaghan.

While she focused on sports modeling between 1979 to 1981, that didn’t stop her from making appearances in many other magazines. Christie was on the cover of Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan, just to name a few, and quickly became one of the most famous and sought after models of her generation.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David McCabe / Condé Nast | Glamour Cover: Christie Brinkley wearing Estee Lauder makeup and Stag White T-shirt.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David McCabe / Condé Nast | Glamour Cover: Christie Brinkley wearing Estee Lauder makeup and Stag White T-shirt.


FROM THE MAGAZINES TO THE SCREEN: HOW IT ALL HAPPENED

Just like many other models, Christie made her debut on the screen by appearing in commercials, but she soon moved on to bigger projects. In 1983 she made her first appearance in a movie when she took a small role in “National Lampoon’s Vacation”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jose Perez / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Christie Brinkley is seen on August 21, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jose Perez / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Christie Brinkley is seen on August 21, 2019 in New York City.

From then onward, Brinkley was credited in other small roles, however, she kept coming back to one role in “Parks and Recreation”, which became one of her most famous TV credits. In 2011, she moved from the screen to the stage and performed as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s revival of the musical “Chicago”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Christie Brinkley debuts on Broadway as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" at Ambassador Theatre on April 8, 2011 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Christie Brinkley debuts on Broadway as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" at Ambassador Theatre on April 8, 2011 in New York City.


CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AND THE MEN OF HER LIFE

Like many famous celebrities, Christie’s love life has been exposed online, and what a ride it has been! The supermodel has been married four times, but unfortunately, her relationships didn’t survive long. Keep reading to find out who were the men who took Christie’s breath away!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gotham / GC Images | Christie Brinkley attends AOL Build in NoHo on January 29, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gotham / GC Images | Christie Brinkley attends AOL Build in NoHo on January 29, 2019 in New York City.


A FRENCH LOVER, TIMES TWO!

Christie Brinkley’s first marriage was to Jean-François Allaux, a French artist with whom she tied the knot in 1973. Even though the couple was together for eight years, they did not have any children together and eventually divorced in 1981.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Model Christie Brinkley attends Bella New York magazine's beauty cover launch at La Pulperia Restaurant on May 29, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Model Christie Brinkley attends Bella New York magazine's beauty cover launch at La Pulperia Restaurant on May 29, 2018 in New York City.

The year after the divorce, Brinkley had a romantic affair with the heir to the Moët-Chandon Champagne, Olivier Chandon de Brailles. After meeting in New York City at the club Studio 54, the two hit it off pretty quickly. Unfortunately, Chandon passed away in a car accident just one year after the two met.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Christie Brinkley and Olivier Chandon.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Christie Brinkley and Olivier Chandon.


A CARIBBEAN DREAM: BILLY JOEL

During a trip to the Island of St. Barts, in the Caribbean, in 1983, Christie met her soon to be husband, Billy Joel. Two years later the pair got married on a yacht on the Hudson River, and the event counted with several music artists.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ann Clifford / DMI / The LIFE Picture Collection | Singer/songwriter Billy Joel and wife, model Christie Brinkley.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ann Clifford / DMI / The LIFE Picture Collection | Singer/songwriter Billy Joel and wife, model Christie Brinkley.

Brinkley and Joel had one daughter together, Alexa Ray Joel, which was born on December 29th, 1985. Almost ten years after the couple welcomed their daughter, the two decided to divorce and thus their relationship came to an end in 1994. Nevertheless, the pair still remained friends and had a good relationship.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Diane Freed / Liaison | Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, who are now divorced, stand together in New York City in this undated photo.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Diane Freed / Liaison | Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, who are now divorced, stand together in New York City in this undated photo.


QUICK AND EFFICIENT: A ONE YEAR MARRIAGE

During the time Brinkley was finalizing her divorce papers with Joel, she met Richard Taubman, a real estate developer, through a mutual friend. Taubman quickly fell head over heels, having proposed just a few months later. Even though she was still legally married to Joel at that time, Christie said “yes” and the pair got married in December 1994.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tom Wargacki / WireImage | Christie Brinkley (L), son (C) and husband Ricky Taubman (R) leave Lennox Hill Hospial after the birth of their son on June 05, 1995 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tom Wargacki / WireImage | Christie Brinkley (L), son (C) and husband Ricky Taubman (R) leave Lennox Hill Hospial after the birth of their son on June 05, 1995 in New York City.

At the time of their wedding, Brinkley was 40 years old and her new husband was 46, and they took their big day to announce that they were expecting a new member of the family. Christie gave birth to Jack Paris Brinkley on June 2nd, 1995, and soon after she and Taubman divorced.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection | Model Christie Brinkley and fiance Ricky Taubman attend the Opening Night Performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" on October 6, 1994 at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection | Model Christie Brinkley and fiance Ricky Taubman attend the Opening Night Performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" on October 6, 1994 at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California.


MEET ME ONCE, MEET ME TWICE, MARRY ME AT THE THIRD TIME

Brinkley initially met the man who would end up being her fourth husband in 1979, but it wasn’t until they were later reintroduced by a common friend that the two hit it off. In 1996, Brinkley re-met the architect Peter Halsey Cook and the pair got married that same year.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dave Allocca / DMI / The LIFE Picture Collection | Model Christie Brinkley and husband, architect Peter Cook, at party for television series The West Wing.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dave Allocca / DMI / The LIFE Picture Collection | Model Christie Brinkley and husband, architect Peter Cook, at party for television series The West Wing.

Two years after their wedding, Brinkley and Cook welcomed their daughter Sailor Lee Brinkley, who was born on July 2nd, 1998. Almost a decade later, in 2006, the couple announced through a representative that they had decided to separate, and finally reached a settlement in 2008 and the divorce was finalized that same year.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evan Agostini / Liaison | Christie Brinkley and her family attend the Kids For Kids AIDS Benefit April 25, 1999 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evan Agostini / Liaison | Christie Brinkley and her family attend the Kids For Kids AIDS Benefit April 25, 1999 in New York City.


CHRISTIE DOESN’T AGE, BUT HER CHILDREN DO

At the age of 66, Christie still looks as young as ever, but her children are now all grown up. Even though the trio of siblings has different fathers, they have the best thing in common, their mother! So, who are Christie’s children, and what they up to?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Hill | Jack Brinkley-Cook, Alexa Ray Joel, Christie Brinkley, and Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook celebrate the opening night of Alexa Ray Joel's 2018 residency at Cafe Carlyle on September 25, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Taylor Hill | Jack Brinkley-Cook, Alexa Ray Joel, Christie Brinkley, and Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook celebrate the opening night of Alexa Ray Joel's 2018 residency at Cafe Carlyle on September 25, 2018 in New York City.


ALEXA RAY JOEL

Alexa has followed her father’s footsteps into the music industry and clearly has been doing well! She has released an EP titled “Sketches” back in 2006, took part in several music festivals, and even performed with her father on numerous occasions. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Myrna M. Suarez | Alexa Ray Joel joins her father Billy Joel for a duet of "New York State Of Mind" at the 61st sold out of show of his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Myrna M. Suarez | Alexa Ray Joel joins her father Billy Joel for a duet of "New York State Of Mind" at the 61st sold out of show of his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2019 in New York City.

In Alexa’s personal life, everything seems to be going well too. She got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Ryan Gleason in 2017 and the couple was planning to get married soon, however, due to the current state of events they have decided to postpone the big party for a later date.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Myrna M. Suarez | Alexa Ray Joel joins her father Billy Joel for the first time ever singing Baby Grand at Billy Joel's 53rd consecutive sold out show at Madison Square Garden on June 2, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Myrna M. Suarez | Alexa Ray Joel joins her father Billy Joel for the first time ever singing Baby Grand at Billy Joel's 53rd consecutive sold out show at Madison Square Garden on June 2, 2018 in New York City.


JACK PARIS BRINKLEY

Jack has been focusing on his studies. The young man has studied marketing at Emerson College and then transferred to the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, where he is following his passion for acting. He is also the co-founder of a transportation app called ROVE, so make sure to check that out if you live in the Manhattan area!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Bruinooge / Patrick McMullan | Jack Brinkley-Cook attends The Weinstein Company with FIJI, Grey Goose, Lexus and NetJets host the after party for "Wind River" at The Skylark on August 2, 2017 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Bruinooge / Patrick McMullan | Jack Brinkley-Cook attends The Weinstein Company with FIJI, Grey Goose, Lexus and NetJets host the after party for "Wind River" at The Skylark on August 2, 2017 in New York City.

Christie has also explained that her son is not a big fan of the celebrity factor. In an interview with People, she said “He doesn’t like to take pictures, [My Instagram followers will say], ‘Wow! Your son’s gorgeous! Why don’t you feature him?’ It’s like, ‘I try! I try, but he shies away.’”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sylvain Gaboury / Patrick McMullan | Christie Brinkley and Jack Brinkley-Cook attend Cookies for Kids' Cancer Fifth Annual Chefs Benefit at Metropolitan West on March 6, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sylvain Gaboury / Patrick McMullan | Christie Brinkley and Jack Brinkley-Cook attend Cookies for Kids' Cancer Fifth Annual Chefs Benefit at Metropolitan West on March 6, 2018 in New York City.


SAILOR LEE BRINKLEY-COOK

Sailor has taken after her mother and is currently working as a model, and she seems to be doing quite well! She has been photographed for publications in magazines like Vogue and her mother’s own Sports Illustrated, and even took to the screen by replacing her mother on “Dancing With The Stars”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hanna Lassen | Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook attends the ATC Autumn Fashion Lunch at Wisteria on April 03, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hanna Lassen | Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook attends the ATC Autumn Fashion Lunch at Wisteria on April 03, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

Even though Sailor has acquired several experiences in modeling jobs, she still feels nervous before hitting the catwalk. In an interview with Closer Weekly, she confessed that she was extremely anxious while walking the runway at the Spring 2018 Sherri Hill NYFW Show. Well, she didn’t need to be nervous, because she looked amazing!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Albert Urso | Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook walks the runway during the NYFW Sherri Hill Runway Show on February 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Albert Urso | Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook walks the runway during the NYFW Sherri Hill Runway Show on February 9, 2018 in New York City.


CHRISTIE’S BODY AND MIND: HOW DOES SHE KEEP SO YOUNG AND FRESH?

Christie has opened up about how she keeps looking so young, and one of the reasons is her diet. The model has been a vegetarian since she was a pre-teen and her daily menu is packed with fresh veggies and fruit.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz | Christie Brinkley attends a Special Screening Of National Geographic's Oscar-Nominated Documentary "The Cave" with Film Subject Dr. Amani Ballour at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on February 03, 2020 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz | Christie Brinkley attends a Special Screening Of National Geographic's Oscar-Nominated Documentary "The Cave" with Film Subject Dr. Amani Ballour at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on February 03, 2020 in New York City.

But diet is not everything, and Christie still hits it up on the gym. She mentioned that her Total Gym’s at-home workout machines are her best friends when it comes to keeping up with your daily exercise. Recently, she also confessed that not everything is as it seems, and she actually gained some weight.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Stewart | Christie Brinkley celebrates her birthday with the Big Apple Circus on February 01, 2020 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Stewart | Christie Brinkley celebrates her birthday with the Big Apple Circus on February 01, 2020 in New York City.


“I DID PUT ON A COUPLE OF POUNDS”

According to Extra TV, the model gained some weight in the past couple of months, so her solution was to get back on top of her calorie burning. She mentioned she “dragged my Total Gym into my bedroom,” and that she is getting out and doing gardening work, which also helps to keep your body and mind fit!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jose Perez / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Christie Brinkley is seen on January 22, 2020 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jose Perez / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Christie Brinkley is seen on January 22, 2020 in New York City.


DIET, EXERCISE, AND... COSMETIC PROCEDURES?

"I want all women who may feel like tweaking a little something to know that it’s OK to take advantage of the newer non-invasive treatments,” she confessed in an interview, saying "These innovations worked for me so I want to share what I’ve learned – why keep it a secret?”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Christie Brinkley attends the 2019 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Christie Brinkley attends the 2019 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The model continued “If something is bugging you, see what science and technology offer you to feel great. I think today’s modern women should support one another’s choices to look and feel our best,” and, to be completely honest, we agree with Christie! If you believe a procedure will help you feel happier about yourself, why not go for it?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Justin Stephens | Christie Brinkley.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Justin Stephens | Christie Brinkley.

Christie, now at the ripe age of 66, is still looking as amazing as ever, and exactly as charming as she ever was. We can’t wait to see what the future will bring her, and hopefully, we will have a look at her upgraded body in the upcoming months!

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