At 63, Christie Brinkley Poses With Daughters For 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,' Proving All Ages Are Beautiful

"We do not come with an expiration date!"

Sixty-three-year-old supermodel Christie Brinkley is back in the Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue — despite all her expectations. 

This time, Brinkley stood alongside her daughters Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18. 

"My first thought was, 'At my age? No way!'" Brinkley tells People magazine. "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!'"

Brinkey announced the feature in an Instagram post, thanking the publication for their inclusivity: 


" ... 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!" she writes.

The post has since been flooded with positive comments from social media users, including one person who applauded Brinkley's parenting:

"What good is raising strong, confident daughters if you can't prove it's not all over after 45. THIS is how you do it!"

"Love this! Thank you for this beautiful message and photograph," another writes. "What a powerful message to women and the media."

In a video interview with Sports Illustrated, Brinkley further explains how emotional the shoot was for her, especially given the insecurities she and her daughters have faced over the years. 

"I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine," she says. "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."

In her own post to Instagram, Sailor opens up about her personal struggle with her body image:

"I grew up not loving how I looked and felt held back because of it ... 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," Sailor writes on Instagram. "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."

We absolutely love the feature, and commend Sports Illustrated for including such empowering women in its pages.


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