Christie Brinkley Shares Throwback Photo of Her 1977 Cosmopolitan Cover & Shares Body-Positive Message for 2020
Christie Brinkley shared her views on body image as she nostalgically welcomed the new decade with a throwback 1977 Cosmopolitan cover that "caused a stir" back in the day.
During the late 1970s, Christie Brinkley became a renowned supermodel who graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for three consecutive years.
Having appeared on countless other covers over the years, Christie singled out her June 1977 Cosmopolitan magazine cover to ring in the new decade with a body-positive message to her fans.
THE BOLD BIKINI
The picture shows a 23-year-old Christie clad in a Norma Kamali purple halter bikini top with a connecting high-cut ruched bottom, a daring look at the time as Christie elaborated:
"In 1977 this bathing suit caused a stir! At the time all the bikinis were low slung on the hip.This high leg cut made the hip a new erogenous zone. I couldn’t figure out how to put it on as just one string holds it all together!"
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In 1977 this bathing suit caused a stir! At the time all the bikinis were low slung on the hip.This high leg cut made the hip a new erogenous zone. I couldn’t figure out how to put it on as just one string holds it all together! Francesco Scavullo shot all the covers for #cosmopolitan back then . He had a big umbrella with a string that ran from the middle of the umbrella which contained a light to the tip of your nose . You were in perfect light at the end of that string. They did not have retouching back then so they really perfected the make up and every strand of hair. I remember I was worried that I looked fat. I’m so glad that today our industry appreciates all shapes and sizes so we can just focus on being healthy. Not cookie cutter. Still there is something in some young girls that often makes them feel they just don’t measure up . I was one of them. I look back at these and think that worry was such a waste of time. If only the perspective we gain with age that alleviates the worries, could be passed on and absorbed by the younger generation ...but I do think shifting the focus to feeling great is a giant step in the right direction. Just thinking out loud as I sift thru a few photos . Wishing everyone a great day ( and decade! ) #1977 #kamali #swimsuit #cover #christiebrinkley #cosmo #confidence #bodyimage
HOW PHOTOSHOOTS WORKED BACK IN THE DAY
Photographer Francesco Scavullo shot all the covers for Cosmopolitan at the time, and with technology far more advanced now than it was then, photoshoots worked differently.
Scavullo had a large umbrella that contained a light. With a string attached to the umbrella at one end and the other end at the tip of the model's nose, he achieved the "perfect light" for a photoshoot.
With picture editing unheard of at the time, every strand of hair and the required makeup had to be perfect before Scavullo started snapping away.
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Let’s throw it back to the days when tans were real and sunblocks were for your nose and shoulders...but today we know better! Today we have ways to protect the skin but I STILL see people getting real tans despite the warnings! But the facts are that people are getting melanoma and other forms of skin cancers at younger and younger ages . For cosmetic reasons too you need protection. The sun is the number one photo-ager of the skin, its thins it , and the hyper and hypo pigmented skin issues arise. Luckily we live in an age where medical science is giving us a full menu of ways to prevent and address the signs of aging from lotions to my favorite @ultherapy Wishing everyone a healthy happy #tbt ☀️#wellness #skincare #reefsafesunscreen
CHRISTIE VIEW ON THE MODELING INDUSTRY
Christie recalled feeling self-conscious about her appearance and worried that she "looked fat." But looking at how much the industry changed in the last four decades, Christie added:
"I’m so glad that today our industry appreciates all shapes and sizes so we can just focus on being healthy. Not cookie cutter. Still there is something in some young girls that often makes them feel they just don’t measure up. I was one of them. I look back at these and think that worry was such a waste of time."
Welcoming of the shift in focus to a healthier lifestyle, Christie, who turns 66 in February, sees it as the younger generation taking a "giant step in the right direction."
CHRISTIE'S AGELESS BEAUTY
In 2017, Christie showed that her bikini days are far from over when she appeared on the February cover of Sports Illustrated, but she wasn't alone.
Joined by her daughters Sailor and Alexa Ray, they had to encourage Christie to get back into a bikini as she thought those days had long gone. But for the sake of sharing the experience with her daughters, Christie gave it "one last go."
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Were all soooo excited for #disneyweek TONIGHT Monday ay 8:00 on @dancingabc I got a sneak peek at @sailorbrinkleycook ‘s dance and it’s magic just like @disneyland ! BUT FIRST IT THE ✨🌟⭐️✨ @kellyclarksonshow TODAY! ⭐️💫⭐️2:00 @nbc 🌟✨🌟⭐️💛🌟⭐️✨She’s Magic too! ⭐️✨🌟💛⭐️✨🌟💫✨🌟#family #love 💛💛💛💛💛💛
Divorced four times, Christie Brinkley shares her daughter Alexa with Billy Joel, who she divorced in 1994. A brief marriage to real state developer Richard Taubman soon followed, and the couple welcomed a son named Jack.
In 1996, Christie and architect Peter Cook tied the knot. During their marriage that lasted twelve years, the couple welcomed their daughter Sailor to the world. Christie's first marriage to Jean-Francois Allaux in the 1970s ended in divorce in 1981. The pair had no children.