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Vegetarian Christie Brinkley's hot swimsuit body at 60: Her diet & yoga workout

Christie Brinkley looks incredible ahead of her 60th birthday on Feb. 2, thanks to a vegetarian diet and daily workouts. Brinkley feels amazing at this stage of her life, and is looking forward to turning 60.

Christie Brinkley credits her age-defying beauty to a vegetarian diet and yoga workouts.
Christie Brinkley credits her age-defying beauty to a vegetarian diet and yoga workouts.
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"I'm actually excited about turning 60," Brinkley told People. "I feel on top of my game."

Despite having rocketed to stardom as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl, Brinkley insists she would never wear a bikini in public now.

"My kids would be so embarrassed!" said the mother of three. "In private I may wear a bikini, but at the public beach with my kids I would change bathing suits because they do not want to be hanging out with some old broad in a bikini."

Not surprisingly, other people disagree with the modest supermodel. "Christie looks phenomenal," says MJ Day, senior editor for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. "She has the legs of a 30-year-old and the face of an angel. She's what you aspire to look like at 60. She is mind-blowingly beautiful."

Brinkley has followed a vegetarian diet since age 12. "I've been a vegetarian since I was about 12 years old," she said. "When I became a vegetarian I got my mom and dad to become vegetarian, and my brother became a vegetarian."

Christie typically has oatmeal with mixed berries with breakfast, a large salad with beans and nuts for lunch, and pasta with vegetables for dinner. The 5-foot-9 blonde stunner snacks on dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, soy snacks or Fuji apples with peanut butter.

The fit mom of three works out regularly, doing a combination of yoga, strength-training, running and walking to maintain her stunning swimsuit body.

She tries to sneak in calisthenic exercises as soon as she wakes up in the morning. Christie typically does 100 push-ups every day and "does leg lifts when brushing my teeth."

Brinkley, who has been divorced four times, said her primary motivation for staying healthy isn't vanity, but a desire to be around for her kids. "Because I'm an older mom, I have a responsibility to my kids as well as myself," she said. "I want to be there for them."