Today Hamptons magazine shared a preview of its upcoming Holiday Issue featuring Christie Brinkley alongside her daughter Sailor and son Jack. The family opens up about Sailor's budding modeling career, a recent trip to South Africa to bring awareness to animal poaching and more.
Recently Sailor signed on with IMG Models. Christie admitted with kids, you just should little snippets of advice here and there when you can. Her advice has included statements such as have fun with the job but be professional as well as show up on time and be respectful of everyone else's time. Christie warned her daughter about the dark part of modeling that goes along with the shiny and happy part. She told here daughter, “When you're in a magazine, buy the magazine and look at it like 90 percent of the people who are going to see the story on you; don’t look online because the story will roll right into a comments thread, and those comment threads are an invitation for the bitter and disenfranchised to hide behind a fake name and try to tear you down—and nobody needs that in life.
Hamptons magazine spoke to Sailor about whether having a famous supermodel as a mother has affected Sailor's career. Sailor said it hasn't really changed her life in a way people would think. She goes to school and no one sees her differently. Sailor has never been followed by paparazzi, except when she is with her mom. Sailor stated, “It got my foot in the modeling world, but otherwise it’s pretty normal. As much as people say we’re twins, I don’t think I look like my mom that much, so I think I can make my own identity in the modeling industry.”
In September, Christie and Sailor traveled to South Africa to raise awareness about the problem of the poaching of rhinoceroses. Christie feels the government in South Africa needs to adopt strict anti-poaching laws that punish the poachers. She added, “They're not doing it, so shame on them.” Currently a person in South Africa who is caught smoking in a non-smoking zone pays a bigger fine than a poacher. Christie also marveled, “The other day, I marched from one river to the other in Manhattan with an elephant on my head—floppy ears, a trunk—and not one picture in the paper. But a fake story about me selling a little house I own or doing some sort of revenge tactic on an ex... Google that, and there are like 45,000 links.”
Christie chatted with Hamptons magazine about how she feels to see her children follow in her footsteps of activism. She is proud of her children and tells them, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” She also lets them know when bad things happen to you, the best way to overcome them is to help someone who is more in need than you. Christie said, “That way you forget about your own worries quickly. The more you give, the more you get—it’s a cliché, but it’s really true.”
Examiner had the privilege of interviewing Christie Brinkley and Sailor this past summer at Bella in Bianco in the Hamptons. Sailor's advice to young women who wanted to achieve their goals was, “to get out there and put yourself out on a limb.” Christie advised, “Half the battle is already won by following your dream. The other half is consistently showing up and being professional.”
To find out more about Christie Brinkley and her children, including their activism and Sailor's modeling career, pick up the Holiday Issue of Hamptons magazine available on stands this week.