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Vegetarian Christie Brinkley's hot swimsuit body at 61: Her diet, yoga workout

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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Christie Brinkley looks incredible at 61, thanks to a vegetarian diet and daily workouts. Brinkley feels amazing at this stage of her life, and actually looks forward to getting older.

"I feel on top of my game," Brinkley told People. Despite having rocketed to stardom as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl, Christie 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."

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