Monroe, Michigan native Christie Brinkley is one of the world’s foremost supermodels with an enduring career that spans four decades. She has graced the covers of over two hundred magazines, including multiple issues of Vogue, Life, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, in addition to three consecutive covers of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. ... MORE
Select highlights include campaigns for Cover Girl cosmetics, Chanel, Prell shampoo, and Total Gym Fitness, among others. Now in her early 60s, the age-defying Brinkley continues to break all the rules. She recently starred in a wildly popular campaign for Barneys New York photographed by Bruce Weber, and launched her eponymous cosmetics line exclusively on HSN.
Although Brinkley was born into the glitz and glamour of the West Coast media scene—her father is television producer and writer Don Brinkley—she harbored artistic ambitions from an early age. In 1972, at the age of 18, Brinkley moved to Paris to enroll in art school. She then worked as an illustrator for three years before she caught the attention of an American photographer on the street.
Despite some initial hesitancy to abandon her creative work for the high-pressure world of modeling, Brinkley soon became one of the most sought after faces in the fashion industry. After the birth of her first daughter, Alexa Ray, in 1985, Brinkley became a poster girl for the working-woman image, retaining her feminine prowess while simultaneously juggling career and family goals.
Brinkley’s foray into film and television include a brief appearance as Chevy Chase's dream girl in National Lampoon's Vacation, and a short-lived, but wildly entertaining talk show on CNN. She also appeared in a music video for then-husband Billy Joel's chart-topping hit, "Uptown Girl," and made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the in the hit musical Chicago; she performed in its national tour as well.
Off-duty, Brinkley is an avid philanthropist and works closely with UNICEF, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.