Christie Brinkley Recruits Her Daughters for Best 'Sports Illustrated' Shoot Yet


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Talk about growing old gracefully. Holy cow! Supermodel and mom of three Christie Brinkley looks better than ever in the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue alongside her stunning daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18. The 63-year-old seems to be able to walk on water in the photo -- literally and figuratively. 

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Prepare for your jaw to drop. Look at this gorgeous trio in their black bathing suits. 

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Wow, right? Even though Brinkley looks every bit as gorgeous as she did decades ago, there are many brands that unfortunately would never consider using a model that others might consider past her prime -- something it seems like Christie Brinkley might just be able to change.

We love how she owned this shoot and the message it sends: "... thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!"

Clearly, her daughters have her amazing genes and her amazing outlook. Still, it has to be intimidating growing up with a mother who's famous for her flawless face and figure.

Posting the photo to her own Instagram, Sailor had some empowering and insightful things to say about how she's overcome body image issues: 

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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After revealing that she struggled earlier in her life, Cook explains that she's made peace with what she sees in the mirror -- and how could she not?

We love what she writes in her caption: "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."

What a great message for young women. 

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Alexa, too, isn't immune from feeling the scrutiny of the public eye. Back in 2014, she addressed speculation that'd gone under the knife and revealed, "The only thing I have ever had done is my nose." She did it candidly and confidently -- while urging people to focus on her work rather than her face.

It sounds like she's in a great place and feels confident in herself -- as she should! 

Let's STOP degrading and START celebrating ourselves and others, from both the inside AND out. ð���ð���ð�¦ï¿½There's far too much degradation, competition, insecurity, and unhealthy standards associated with women and their bodies- particularly on social-media. As a conscious society, it's up to us to flip this negativity on its head. I don't have a completely flat tummy, or cellulite-free thighs... nor am I a model's height or shape. Neither are hundreds of millions of other beautiful women out there. SO WHAT? Does it really matter, in the end? All that matters is how YOU feel about yourself. Set your own standards of beauty; both internally and externally. All of those unrealistic-looking, photoshopped images are nothing more than white noise, playing off of your own insecurities in order to make a buck. Don't let them affect you. DO YOU! We are all perfect, just as we are. Please know that. Thank you @si_swimsuit for showcasing all heights, shapes, and sizes. For within our distinctions, our quirks, and our self-perceived 'flaws'... therein lies the beauty. {Capture Credit: @si_swimsuit #BehindTheScenes Thank you for the honor of shooting me with my Precious & Golden Sunshines: Mamacita & Sailorina.}

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We love her advice: "Set your own standards of beauty; both internally and externally. All of those unrealistic-looking, photoshopped images are nothing more than white noise, playing off of your own insecurities in order to make a buck. Don't let them affect you. DO YOU!"

Totally! Thanks to this mother-daughter(s) team for offering us some inspiration and body confidence as we approach swimsuit season.

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