The term “goals” can get annoying but there is absolutely no other word to describe Christie Brinkley and her latest magazine cover. That’s because she’s back covering Sports Illustrated — at the age of 63. But Brinkley is proving age ain’t nothing but a number because she hasn’t changed one bit. Unless she’s a vampire, there’s no other explanation.
Brinkley first covered the SI‘s Swimsuit Issue in 1979, so to those you who weren’t yet born, go ahead and pick your jaw up off the ground and come right back. Christie followed that with two more covers and for decades after that, had quite the career posing in exotic locations.
It was in 2004 when she hung up her itty-bitty bikinis (when she was 50 so, again, no small feat) but guess she missed her SI family because she’s back. This time, she brought her own family along to join her for this nearly naked ride.
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Christie’s latest cover features her daughters Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18, and while she initially thought her swimsuit shoot days were over, the chance to do it with her girls gave her the extra boost she needed.
“My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way!'” Christie told People. “When I turned 30, I was like, ‘This is the last time I’m posing in a bathing suit!’ I thought, ‘Those days are over.’ But to get to do it with my girls, I thought, ‘One last go!'”
The women headed to Turks & Caicos for the photoshoot, with Sailor calling the experience “very empowering and liberating.” Alexa was a different story and “needed to be talked into embracing new experiences.”
Surprisingly, Christie admits she battled her own insecurities, and hopes that their cover will spark a conversation about ageism. “In a country that’s very ageist, people love to put you in little boxes,” she said. “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.”
It’s safe to say, she succeeded.