Christie Brinkley turns sixty and still looks amazing in a swimsuit. The popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and actress has three children, four husbands and a tough decade. On February 2, 2014 she will be celebrating a milestone birthday. She reveals how she keeps that youthful looking finding inner peace in week’s issue of PEOPLE.
“I’m actually excited about turning 60,” Brinkley tells PEOPLE. “I feel such a surge of energy.” She’s happy to close the book on the last decade. “My 50s weren’t easy,” she says. “I lost both my parents and went through a miserable divorce [from architect Peter Cook] while trying to be a pillar for my kids. But I made it through. Now I feel on top of my game.”
Brinkley is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary once again.
“At 60, I’m going to do whatever I feel like,” she says. “If I feel like it, I’ll still wear miniskirts, as long as I don’t bring shame to my children!” She adds: “Women are not to be brushed under the carpet because they’re a certain age,” she says. “When I started out, I remember very clearly a group of successful models saying, ‘You will be burned up and thrown away by the time you’re 30.’”
She says that her looks stayed well because of a lifelong passion for healthy living. At thirteen years old she gave u meat and just follows a vegan diet thanks to fifteen year old daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
“I love hanging out in health food stores. Some people are gourmands who love a fish smothered in cream. That doesn’t appeal to me. I treat every day like I’m eating to fuel my body.” Her fitness routine allows the 5’9” model to fit into size 27 jeans, but she insists she can yo-yo like everybody else.
“I will gain weight. My closet is proof,” she says. “I have jeans in sizes from 24, when I danced on Broadway in Chicago, to size 28. Sometimes I eat a lot of pasta.” But if she’s added a few too many pounds, “then I just get on the stick and exercise more. The more active I am, the better I feel.