DWTS: Christie Brinkley's Daughter Sailor at First Didn't Want to Replace Mom after Her Arm Injury
Just before the season 28 Monday premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Christie Brinkley injured her arm and had to be replaced by her daughter. Now Sailor is speaking up about taking up the reigns from her mother.
Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21, jumped in to take over her mother, Christie Brinkley’s role on “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” after she fell during rehearsal and broke her arm. However, taking on the role was not easy for the “Sports Illustrated” model.
After the premiere aired, Brinkley-Cook opened up about stepping into her mother’s shoes. She confessed: “I didn’t want to at first, honestly,” adding “I was terrified.”
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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
The young model revealed that the role she would be playing “was a very scary thing for me.” She explained: “The whole idea of having to be live on stage, be on TV dancing, that’s something I’ve never done before.”
Brinkley-Cook shared that her fear was the very reason she knew she had to take on the role. She wanted to win over her fears and “had to be stronger than the things that scare me.”
Her mother also encouraged her by advising her “to have fun with it and to not let fear stop me from doing any of it.” Brinkley, 65, pulled out of the dance competition after tripping and breaking her arm on Thursday.
In an Instagram post before the premiere aired, the model revealed the sad news with a post. She wrote: “I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im [sic] so sorry if I’ve disappointed anybody!”
For the premiere, Brinkley-Cook wore her mother’s white, floor-length gown, as she danced the foxtrot to Billy Joel‘s “Uptown Girl” with pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, 33. Ahead of the show, Brinkley described her daughter as a “fearless, strong, amazing person who just always impresses me.”
Earning herself the title of “Daughter of the Year,” Brinkley-Cook explained: “I’m doing this mostly for my mom!” She added: “I just want to make her happy and make her proud.”
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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 had to undergo surgery to repair several broken bones and plates and screws were inserted. However, that didn’t stop her from attending the dance competition on Monday, with an ACE bandage on her arm, to support her courageous daughter.
In 2017 and 2018, Brinkley-Cook appeared as “Sports Illustrated’s” Swimsuit model. She’s also modeled for brands like State and Camilla and magazines such as “Stellar Mag.”
A week before she unexpectedly joined the “DWTS” cast, she was a guest at Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS event. Before her debut on the dance competition, the model shared a video for a promotion for Australian apparel brand Camilla.
In the clip, she posed in the desert with models Ribal Hosn, Bridget Hollitt, Sanne Belle Jackson, and Zoe Stowers.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.