July 24th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Christie Brinkley: Embrace what makes you unique

Supermodel Christie Brinkley made waves in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the cover girl for the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. These days, she’s more at home on the Broadway stage, where she just finished up a stint as Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago."

In a recent interview with CNN, Brinkley talked about how she got her start, and what set her apart from other models.

“It was the fact that I wasn't skinny or sophisticated that made my career. I was a California surfer girl,” Brinkley said. “When I first got out on the set, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, nobody here has hips like mine, let me move my hips to the side like this,’ and the photographer was like, ‘Oh my God you move so well.’”

Brinkley also said that while the fashion industry has grown to embrace models of different ethnic backgrounds and body types, magazines should do their part and refrain from criticizing women’s bodies.

“We have to watch out for tabloid magazines who want to focus on one spot of cellulite and make a big deal about it. There are so many outlets that are focusing on such negative stuff, which gives terrible issues to girls everywhere,” Brinkley said. “I have always been about the opposite of that and making people understand that something you may not appreciate really makes you the most unique.”

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  1. Agrav8td

    How many husbands has she had now? Good thing she has her looks to rely on, cuz I think she's a kook.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BlondieGirlie62

    Love love love Christie! While you are all enjoying your Friday break from the daily grind I highly recommend checking out this super fun and entertaining game called Grumpy goats! Find it on Facebook or at http://www.grumpygoats.com!

    July 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mark

    I love that fact that thru all she does, she stays honest and kind and does look amazing. Lonnie, the first step in this life is being able to love yourself. Try it.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. stuff

    i love when women embrace themselves at a certain age..its truly hot stuff

    July 25, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gorge

    Branden's "up"

    July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Preservation

    56 years old ... preserves well...no problem here.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Fore

    I'd like to shove my co<k up her azz. That would be awesome

    July 25, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Branden

    If I still had my teeth, I would give my eye teeth to look like her.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branden

      ^ LOL imposter imposter! Pretty flatering though! You guys don't have the balls to even use your real name? HILARIOUS!!!

      what else ya got?

      July 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lonnie

    She embraces herself then...a lot because nobody loves Christy as much as she loves herself.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

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