DWTS: Details about Sailor Brinkley-Cook Who's Replacing Mom Christie Brinkley after Her Injury
"Dancing With the Stars" star, supermodel Christie Brinkley suffered a series of injuries during rehearsals that required her to have wrist and arm surgery. This led to her being unable to participate in the rest of the season.
The sad news broke out on Monday's Good Morning America and also through a release from the BBC Studios.
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Wow. I have so much to say but for right now i’m just going to say THANK YOU. To my incredible partner @valentin for being so patient, my mama for being so courageous and inspiring, the whole dancing with the stars cast and crew for their kindness, & everyone who tuned in and showed so much love and support. So incredibly grateful to have had this moment. The journey’s just getting started! ♥️ Let’s go! @dancingabc
Brinkley, who seemed to be in good spirits as she joked about her injury said,
"Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing With the Stars this season. Sailor joined the cast when I got mine…ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!"
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Sailor Breezes In to Save the Day! Hey My Friends! So here’s the news. I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im so sorry if I’ve disappointed anybody! Only something as bad as this could stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach for @dancingabc ...I was having a blast!!!! Shattering my arm was quite literally a crushing disappointment, i never ever want to let anyone down...so I looked for a silver lining and i think I found one that is is solid gold! Sailor! But first I would have to convince Sailor to replace me..she was already on the plane to come sit in the audience when I reached her! (Alexa has commitments in NY including her upcoming Cabaret Show at the @cafecarlyle ) I also had to convince my student/ @imgmodels Sailor to overcome serious stage fright to replace me on the show! Sailor always meets her challenges head on and realized she did not want to be defined by her fears so with just hours to learn my routine she is turning my defeat or should i say two left feat into her own victory of courage! So Ladies and Gents I give you my beautiful Sunflower Sailor Lee. And i think you are all going to have a blast together on this season of @dancingabc ! Sorry for the typos it’s my right arm! And Sailor Thank you for taking a very disappointing turn of events into something very special! you know Showbiz is all about getting a break and I guess you can say Sailor and I both got one on this season of @dancingabc #family #familyfirst #challenge #doitforlove #fearless #brave #dare #justtry #silverlining #dauntless #dance #lemonaid #gowiththeflow #carpediem #seizetheday #formom #TeamSailaV #c’est la vie! #teambrinkley
As a result, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook will be taking her role on the show. Reacting to the unexpected change, Sailor who perfectly fits into her mom's performance outfit as she gets ready for the show premiere told GMA, she was excited about the challenge.
Sailor has a modeling career and has met with a lot of success as a signed model with top agency IMG. Elaborating on her feelings about joining DWTS, she said:
"I felt this high of just attacking something I was so afraid of, and it felt like something I need to do," she told GMA. "I think it will change me."
Since Christie was injured well into the two-week rehearsal period before the DWTS season premiere, Sailor stepped in to learn the dance after other celebrities already had tons of time to rehearse their numbers and learn their dancing moves in the ballroom.
The model turned actress has modeled for brands such as 1.State and CAMILLA and magazines such as Stellar Mag. Just a week before she unexpectedly joined the DWTS cast, she was a guest at Harper Bazaar's ICONS events.
Brinkley shares Sailor and Jack with her ex-husband Peter Cook, and Alexa's father is a famous musician Billy Joel, to whom Brinkley was married from 1985 until 1994.
Sailor is in a relationship with Benjamin Sosne, and the two often share photos of each other on Instagram. Sosne is an artist who sells his work through the online Wildcard Gallery.
However, the 21-year-old is expected to have a lot of support from her existing fans from her injured mother's camp and also make her own great strides on the screen.