Christie Brinkley is more than one of America’s most successful and recognizable models. She is also a successful artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, political and environmental activist, and most importantly, a mother.
A Ford Model’s superstar, Ms. Brinkley has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, both in the United States and Europe. She has been the subject of articles appearing in Life – the cover of its best selling issue ever – US, Time, Vogue, Newsweek, New York, Paris Match, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Rolling Stone, Redbook, Family Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Photo, and many others. Harper’s Bazaar has named Christie one of the world’s most beautiful women three times. In 2007, People Magazine included her in their “50 Most Beautiful People” Issue. On at least two occasions Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar have her high on their “Ten Best Bodies” list. Christie was the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three years in a row and posed for several years as a part of that publication's annual swimsuit issue. Featured exclusively in the first “Sports Illustrated Calendars,” Christie broke all calendar sales with her own “Christie Brinkley Calendar” and an equally successful follow-up calendar. Most recently, Christie has been featured in and on the cover of several magazines including InStyle, Redbook, McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, More, and Cookie.
Always in demand as a model, Ms. Brinkley has held major contracts with Chanel No. 19 (five years), Prell, MasterCard, Breck and Diet Coke as well as the National Milk Council’s campaign in which she is the only participant featured in two ads – one solo and one with her children. Also, Anheuser Busch chose her as the first woman spokesperson for a major marketing campaign. Ms. Brinkley has had the longest running cosmetic contract with Cover Girl. Together they have launched, “Cover Girl’s Guide to Basic Make-Up with Christie Brinkley.” The video received rave reviews and was chosen as an “Outstanding Video Pick” by Siskel and Ebert. Recently after 20 years with Cover Girl, Christie Brinkley has resigned with Cover Girl to launch their Advanced Radiance foundation, a whole new division for Cover Girl.
Christie Brinkley was the host of “Celebrity Weddings InStyle,” the highest rated special in Lifetime’s history. She appeared on NBC’s “Mad About You” which turned out to be NBC’s most highly rated half-hour episode since the final broadcast of “The Cosby Show!” In 1992, Christie also hosted a daily lifestyle program on CNN, “Living in the 90s – with Christie Brinkley” where she scripted and filmed her own segments on style, health, travel, food and entertainment. In addition, she created and scripted a section of the style program entitled “Christie’s Tips,” where she shared beauty and fashion suggestions with her audience. She also made appearances on Letterman, Rachael Ray, The Tonight Show, The View, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Christie has also been the subject of several documentaries including the HBO program “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful,” “E True Hollywood Story,” and “E! Model Show.” She has also been the focus of segments on “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight” and ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” Ms. Brinkley was also featured on Lifetime Television’s “Intimate Portraits.” Christie has made appearances as a presenter for diverse events such as the Men’s Fashion Awards, the Academy Awards Show, the Billboard Awards and the Supermodels of the World Contest – Christie hosted both the American and French versions of the show. She also hosted the first ever Pay-Per-View Special Supermodel of the Year Contest, which aired in October of 1994.
Ms. Brinkley, who made her acting debut starring opposite Chevy Chase in the hit feature film “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” also appears in the sequel, “Vegas Vacation.” She reappears as the mysterious lady in the red Ferrari. Christie was also featured in Billy Joel’s hit videos “Uptown Girl” and “Keeping the Faith,” as well as in Mick Jones’ video “Just Wanna Hold.”
Raised in Malibu, California, Christie moved to Paris at the age of eighteen to study art. It was while working in that city as a professional illustrator that she was “discovered” by a photographer. Yet despite her tremendous success as a model, Christie’s interests and activities in many areas remain strong. Christie Brinkley’s Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Book, which she wrote and illustrated herself, was a national best seller. She also wrote a well-received article for TV Guide. In addition to drawing and working in watercolors, Ms. Brinkley is also an accomplished photographer. She was Don King’s ring photographer for several major boxing events. Her photogenic work on boxers and auto racing has appeared in Ring Magazine, Photo, Autosprint, Kodak’s Ampersand and the September 1994 issue of American Photographer. She also photographed her own series of baseball cards for Pinnacle featuring the World Series Championship team. In 1993, Christie painted the cover art for Billy Joel’s triple platinum album “River of Dreams.”
Her artwork has received rave reviews and is a featured part of the “River of Dreams” promotion and tour merchandising. Rolling Stone Magazine’s 1993 poll selected the artwork as one of their “Top Picks.”
Christie is also an entrepreneur/inventor. She holds the patent on special educational toys for toddlers. For Nouveau Eyewear Christie created a line of colorful eyewear for active women, “Christie Brinkley Perspectives.” Her line was launched in March of 1994 in the USA. The line was so successful stateside that she has started selling in the UK and Canada. Her jewelry collection is manufactured by Swank. Christie was the first spokesperson for Nu Skin International’s Personal Care Division where she actively represented and promoted the company’s product lines and consulted with Nu Skin on industry and product trends, new product development and marketing activities.
Ms. Brinkley has been an active and dedicated supporter of NuSkin’s “Force for Good” campaign, Greenpeace, The Cousteau Society, Peconic Land Trust and the DNC. She has also made an appearance on behalf of SANE, a group dedicated to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Christie is presently featured in PSAs benefiting the March of Dimes and was honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for her efforts on their behalf. Christie Brinkley is an active and dedicated supporter of many organizations and worthwhile causes mainly focused on the well being of children and the world they live in. Linking children’s health and the importance of a clean, safe, environment has become a cause near and dear to Brinkley’s heart. As a founding board member of STAR (Standing for Truth about Radiation) Brinkley was very instrumental in closing two local nuclear reactors at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She also has taken trips to Washington, D.C. to speak before the National Press Club, the Nuclear Regulatory Committee and the Senate Sub Committees on nuclear issues. As a member of UNICEF’s Art and Entertainment Support Committee, she spoke on behalf of “the Change for Good Campaign.” Most recently, Christie spoke at a panel hosted by the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament at the UN and is on the Board of Directors at the Global Security Institute, an organization very involved with the need to abolish nuclear weapons.
She has traveled with the USO on goodwill missions to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Italy entertaining the peacekeeping forces and visiting aircraft carriers and refugee camps. After participating in Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s Christmas tour to Kosovo, she was given the 2001 Merit Award in Washington DC for her efforts on behalf of our troops.
Brinkley is the proud recipient of many humanitarian awards. She has been honored by many distinguished organizations such as Mother’s Choice, Redbook Magazine’s “Mothers and Shakers Award,” Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award, as well as Cookie Magazine’s “Smart Cookie Award.”
The Christie Brinkley Scholarship fund at the Ross School in Easthampton was
established in her honor for students interested in the arts and the environmental sciences. This month she is participating in an online auction with New York Coalition for Healthy Schools and will be receiving the American Heart Association’s Humanitarian with a Heart award in June.
Saving the best for last, Ms. Brinkley is the proud parent of three children: daughter Alexa Ray, born on December 29, 1985, son Jack Paris, born on June 2, 1995, and daughter Sailor Lee, born on July 2, 1998. She currently lives in New York where in her spare time she loves to paint with Sailor and Jack. All three of them LOVE going to concerts to see Alexa perform! Alexa is a talented singer, songwriter and piano player (just like dad Billy Joel). For more on Alexa Ray, visit her website at myspace.com/alexarayjoel. Mom just has to brag!