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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.’”
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”.
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!
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.
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.
“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!
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?”
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?
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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