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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Sailor Brinkley Cook defends nude photos: ‘It hurts my heart’

Christie Brinkley (C) and her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook (L) and Alexa Ray Joel (R) pose for photographers during a launch event for the Swimsuit Issue in New York City, united states, February 16, 2017

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Christie Brinkley’s child, is speaking out.

Sailor Brinkley Cook, who stripped down for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, responded to online bullies Tuesday after critics claimed that the 19-year-old was objectifying herself with the nude spread.

Cook, together with a number of other models, transformed into living canvases for the magazine’s “In Her Own Words” feature, where the empowerment of words and phrases, such as “trust yourself,” “live for you” and “abuse is never good,” were written on their naked bodies.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue drew opposition against those who have mocked the magazine for the attempt to empower women by having them pose nude.

“The hear of the resistance in the direction of the In Her Own Words-project hurts my heart,” Cook wrote on Instagram. “To know that we are in a world where if a woman chooses to embrace her body, strip nude and form a powerful she is told that she is objectifying herself makes me not only uncomfortable, but it really makes me feel the need to say what I’m about to say.”

Cook further explained, “This project, for me and for the other girls who CHOSE to take part, was to get OUR POWER BACK. In an industry where it is rare for models to have a say in the content that he / she is used to, with a total self control, and creative control during the IHOW shoot was true and unbridled self-empowerment.”

Okay I know that long captions are scary but I need to say anything in public and are important. šŸ§  The hearing of the clearance in the direction of the In Her Own Words-project hurts my heart. To know that we are in a world where if a woman chooses to embrace her body, strip nude and form a powerful she is told that she is objectifying herself makes me not only uncomfortable, but it really makes me feel the need to say what im about to say. This project, for me and for the other girls who CHOSE to take part, was to get OUR POWER BACK. In an industry where it is rare for models to have a say in the content that he / she is used to, with a total self control, and creative control during the IHOW shoot was true and unbridled self-empowerment. This project was a very emotional, long road, spread over a year. And I was at any of the shoots. When a girl came to shoot it was a real experience, it was not on a time limit and not have corporate heads that you didn’t know the name of screaming to “get the shot!” It was a group of women that work together to create something special for the world and especially himself. Models/athletes/PEOPLE chose to do this. They did not hear. If someone does not want to shoot that day and felt too emotional, they would come back the next day after we all grabbed a cup of coffee and talked about it. If someone has a backup, all good, we understand how emotional it can be to strip itself of not only clothes, but a suit of armor we all convert of exterior criticism. This project had the intention of showing women feel POWERFUL in who they are. That is that. I grew up hating my body and myself so the creation of a parent insecurity felt in my teen years. This project has helped me turn a leaf in my confidence and uncertainty. I feel sexy I feel safe, I feel badass I feel like I can pose nude and be respected just as much as anyone else. Ok bye thx for reading if you made it this far ā™„ļø ps I love you @mj_day @taylorbphoto @robynlawley @si_swimsuit

A post shared by Sailor Brinkley Cook (@sailorbrinkleycook) on Feb 13, 2018 at 3:05 PST

Cook stressed that the project was important because it went to a group of women together to share important messages that spoke to them personally. They also added no one, including her, was forced to go naked for the shoot.

“If someone does not want to shoot that day and felt too emotional, they would come back the next day after we all grabbed a cup of coffee and talked about it,” said Cook. “If someone has a backup, all good, we understand how emotional it can be to strip itself of not only clothes, but a suit of armor we all convert of exterior criticism. This project had the intention of showing women feel POWERFUL in who they are. That is that.”

Cook even admitted that growing up, she hated her body and wrestled with the uncertainties in her teenage years. So, it was not easy for her to expose for the camera. Still, she has zero regrets.

“This project has helped me turn a leaf in my confidence and uncertainty,” she said. “I feel sexy, I feel safe, I feel badass I feel like I can pose nude and be respected just as much as anyone else.”

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