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63-Year-Old Christie Brinkley Stuns in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

I’ve had issues with my body image since before I can even remember. I grew up not loving how I looked and felt held back because of it. I don’t know why I always felt that way, sure I had baby fat and definitely went through a plethora of awkward phases, but I had a family that loved me i had friends who made me laugh etc. But for some reason I still looked in the mirror and always somehow found something to pick on. I went from being “too fat” to “too thin” to “too muscular” and I never felt satisfied. My body and I have been through it all. But recently I have been liberated. I am healthy, i treat myself well, and for that i’m happy. I’ve looked in the mirror and been able to LOVE the things about my body that beauty norms deem ‘undesirable’. I now have grown to know that my body is worthy of so many great things. I don’t need to be a size 0 to believe in myself. My body carries me each and every day, it loves the people i love, it holds what makes me healthy and strong, it bends it shakes it runs and it CHANGES. That is okay and that is beautiful. I could not be more grateful to the beautiful and strong @mj_day for including me in this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue This is more than a magazine to me and always has been. As a growing young woman SI showed me all bodies are different and all bodies are worthy of celebrating. Thank you thank you @si_swimsuit for celebrating my beautiful mama, my beautiful sister, I, and ALL WOMEN!! How lucky am i?! i think I’m dreaming. thank you!!!!!!! (Also, thank you @hayleythorpeholla and @v_beast and everyone at @dogpound for changing my life ) More to come!!!!!!!!

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Back in 2015, Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue made headlines thanks to an ad, not a spread, within its pages. The campaign in question belonged to inclusive swimwear line Swimsuits for All. It featured several plus-size models (among them Ashley Graham), along with 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin. To top it off, size 12 model Robin Lawley appeared in the editorial section of the mag, making the issue doubly historic. (At six feet tall, Lawley is not exactly plus, but she does represent a body type not usually seen in SI — or any magazine, for that matter.) As we all know, Graham went on to front SI’s 2016 Swimsuit Issue, a turning point in her career and evidence of the glossy’s commitment to diversity, Photoshop allegations be damned.

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Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Swimsuit Issue continues to (tentatively) celebrate a range of body types. This year, the men’s magazine checked off its (age) diversity box by enlisting legendary supermodel Christie Brinkley. In one of Brinkley’s photos, displayed on the publication’s Instagram, the 63-year-old mother of three poses with daughters Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18. The latter, who models with IGM, described the SI shoot as a highly emotional experience that caused her to reflect on her past struggles with body image: “This is more than a magazine to me and always has been. As a growing young woman SI showed me all bodies are different and all bodies are worthy of (sic) celebrating,” Cook wrote on Instagram.

“This is a real full circle moment for me,” Brinkley commented. “I can get very emotional about this. How many years ago, I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine. So to see my daughters now having the same thoughts I had, and to be able to see them actually be there on the job, was definitely a big moment.” Needless to say, Brinkley and her progeny look absolutely stunning. In a humorous nod to Brinkley’s god-like status in the world of modeling — she fronted SI’s Swimsuit Issue for a record-setting three consecutive years, from 1979 to 1981 — the seasoned bikini model literally walks on water. Her daughters, like the rest of us laypeople, are content to wade in the ocean whilst basking in Brinkley’s glow.

At 63-years-old, Christie Brinkley is BACK in SI Swimsuit … and this time she’s bringing her daughters!

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While Brinkley’s inclusion is a reminder that beauty and sex appeal knows no age, it’s worth noting that the fitness guru’s physique doesn’t much differ from that of her daughters. Additionally, SI’s Swimsuit Issue lineup is noticeably plus-size model devoid (thus far).

In anticipation of the annual issue’s launch later this month, Sports Illustrated has been releasing sneak peeks on Instagram. Below, see some other famous faces that have made the cut.

Christie Brinkley

Rose Bertram

Guess who’s back for @si_swimsuit 2017 here’s a sneak peak! #SiSwim2017 : @wattsupphoto

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Chrissy Teigen

Just months after giving birth, @chrissyteigen got BACK in a bikini for SI Swimsuit…

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Lais Ribeiro

We’re already completely head over heels for rookie Lais Ribeiro! (photo by @jamesmacari)

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Hannah Ferguson

GOD BLESS TEXAS. Your favorite Southern bombshell, @hannahfergusonofficial, is back!

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