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Christie Brinkley: I’m not a ‘former’ model

Mark Phillips interviews supermodel Christie Brinkley on

Mark Phillips interviews supermodel Christie Brinkley on "CBS Sunday Morning" to be broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 20. Credit: CBS

Sag Harbor supermodel Christie Brinkley says she remains quite active in her profession, thank you.

“I never felt like I retired,” Brinkley, 62, states in an interview recorded for “CBS Sunday Morning,” the network said Thursday. “I always get a little bit insulted when I read ‘former model.’ I’m like, ‘former?’ What do they think I’ve been doing all this time? I’m still here. I haven’t gone anywhere.”

Brinkley’s modeling work this year includes an NYDJ fashion campaign alongside Ashley Graham, Lana and Bridget Moynahan, the July 2016 cover of Social Life magazine and the current Fall/Winter 2016 issue of NewBeauty magazine.

“I never really wanted to be a model. That was never a dream of mine,” Brinkley told the weekend news program. “And I was a little bit embarrassed. But I needed the money.”

Brinkley began her modeling career in the 1970s, going on to grace three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers from 1979 to 1981, among her reportedly more than 500 magazine covers. She spent what CoverGirl parent Procter & Gamble said was a record 20-year run as the face of that cosmetics company, returning for a second stint for a time beginning in 2005.

She recently launched the Bellissima line of organic sparkling wines, telling CBS, “I’m involved in every aspect of this.”


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