Supermodel Christie Brinkley, 64, adorns the cover of Social Life Magazine.
(Gian Andrea di Stefano)
Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide and has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and photographed in more than 30 countries on six continents — but her greatest achievement is motherhood.
The 64-year-old is a mother of three children, including a daughter who she shares with ex-husband Billy Joel with the name Alexa Ray Joel.
Brinkley, who is on the cover of Social Life, told the magazine she and the iconic singer/songwriter were determined to take the music when it came to the education of their child.
The couple was married from 1985 to 1994. Brinkley was reportedly the inspiration behind his 1983 hit single “Uptown Girl.”
“When Billy would sit down to play – even when Alexa was a small baby I would put her on the piano, so the music would be literally shaking in her whole body,” she said to the Social Life and Wednesday. “Alexa could feel the chords of the music and they loved it.”
Alexa, now 32, would go to her name as a singer/songwriter, just like the legendary piano man. Brinkley insisted she and Joel, 69, have always been a close connection through music.
It is no wonder that the father-daughter pair are not shy about belting out a tune or two together in front of thousands.
“Their voices fit together perfectly,” said Brinkley. “Although Alexa was the concert in Madison Square Garden, they made it feel very homey, which is something that her father has always been able to do. He can make the space feel as comfortable as a living room.”
Brinkley is also a loving mother to a 23-year-old son, Jack Brinkley-Cook, and a 20-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model named Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
Now her children are grown, the cover girl keeps busy pursuing another passion of gardening.
“I enjoy spending time in my garden,” states Brinkley. “I love clippers! I use them so much that I named myself, Christie Clipper Hands! I love my garden and often opt for a nice home-grown meal.”
And Brinkley, who was never shy about her age, still have an active lifestyle . Back in 2015, Brinkley told Fox News she has a no nonsense approach to fitness and skin care, that is the secret behind its sustainable career.
“I encourage people to keep your training fun,” said Brinkley. “Currently I am doing a lot of cycling. I love the Soul Cycle [spinning classes], and it is just so fun. You do not always need an expensive gym membership. The most important thing is to keep moving, and to make it fun and variety – is the spice of life.”
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Brinkley also explained it is just as important to pay attention to the daily eating habits.
“I was a vegetarian when I was 13 years old,” she said. “I think, hey, if they’re shooting a cow full of growth hormones to the speed of its development, to get it from the birth to the slaughterhouse faster, what it does for you, you know that?”
Alexa also told Fox News that in the same year, her mother has a big influence in her upbringing.
Alexa Ray Joel on Beauty Tips She Learned From my Mother
Alexa Ray Joel tells us about the beauty tips and hand-me-downs she’s learned from my mother, iconic model Christie Brinkley.
“I’ve learned almost everything from my mother,” she gushed at the time. “She taught me a lot about taking care of yourself – the care of the skin, great make-up tricks. She is very good in bringing that effortless style look… [And] she has the best style. She is really the most stylish woman I know. I’m just trying to keep up!”
Social Life Magazine hits the newsstands on Friday.