Christie Brinkley is an American supermodel famous mainly in the seventies and eighties for her multiple covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Brinkley has also worked as an actress, illustrator, photographer, writer and designer, and is very active in the field of human rights, animal rights and environmentalism. She has assets of about $ 80 million.
In those years, another famous model as she was Elle Macpherson and the two have been dispossessed by Heidi Klum in the following years. Christie Brinkley has a daughter, who is also a very famous singer, who is Alexa Ray Joel, had by her former husband Billy Joel. Sailor Brinkley Cook and Alexa Ray Joel posed with their mom for the 2017 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.
Discovered in 1973 by American photographer Errol Sawyer in Paris, where she was studying art, Christie Brinkley gets a contract with modeling agency Elite Model Management, for which she can appear in a number of international advertising campaigns. After appearing several times on the cover of Glamour magazine, Brinkley gets a twenty-year contract with the company of CoverGirl cosmetics. The model also gets three times the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, appears on the first edition of the magazine calendar and in 2005 appears on celebratory number Sports Illustrated 40th Anniversary Issue’s Hall of Fame.
As well as Sports Illustrated, Christie Brinkley has appeared on the cover of over 500 magazines, including US, Vogue, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and LIFE. She was face of Chanel No.19, Prell, MasterCard, Breck, Diet Coke, Anheuser-Busch’s Got Milk ?, Healthy Choice, Max Factor, Nissan, Noxema, Revlon, Clairol, Borghese Cosmetics, Danskin, Nu Skin, Yardley of London, Halston, Vogue Patterns, Gottex and Black Velvet, among others. In 1998, Playboy has appointed Brinkley one of the 100 sexiest women in the twentieth century. In 2011 she recites and sings in the musical Chicago, for which she won the Broadway Beacon Awards.
Brinkley has also occasionally worked as an actress. Her first role was in 1983 in National Lampoon’s Vacation alongside Chevy Chase, a role reprized in the 1997 sequel Vegas Vacation.
In 1983 she wrote and illustrated the book on health and beauty Christie Brinkley’s Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Book, which has received excellent feedback from sales. In 1993 she created the illustrations for the cover of the album River of Dreams, Billy Joel, with whom she was married from 1985 to 1994, which gained her the recognition of “best cover of the year” by the of Rolling Stone magazine.
She also designed a collection of sunglasses of Nouveau Eyewear, called Christie Brinkley Perspectives, her own fragrance called Believe, and a jewelry line produced by Swank and her figure was transposed into the toy Matchbox Toys for a line of dolls inspired by real models.