Christie Brinkley opens up about her beauty icons, holiday-party hosting, and dealing with social-media haters.
From beauty to business to now bubbly with Bellissima, supermodel Christie Brinkley is more than just a pretty face, a face that keeps getting more beautiful with each passing year, no less. The model, actress, author, activist, and entrepreneur—and Philadelphia Style's cover star—pops the cork on her new brand of sparkling wine, out now in Philadelphia.
We spoke with the multi-hyphenate on hosting her own holiday parties, who she looks up to, and how she deals with the haters on social media.
This is the perfect time of year to have your own sparkling wine to pour at parties. CHRISTIE BRINKLEY: Yes, I launched my new brand of organic prosecco, Bellissima earlier this year. Some people think of prosecco as a summertime drink, but you can add a splash of cranberry or a sprinkle of cloves to make it feel more wintery for holiday parties.
Your Instagram feels very genuine and personal. How do you use social media to interact with your fans? CB: I'm still pretty new to social media—I wish I had gotten involved sooner. It’s great to speak with people who are following you and discover your relationship with them. You also get immediate feedback on what they are interested in, like I did for my book, Timeless Beauty. I included a whole chapter with questions from my followers.
You have to present yourself as a whole person, a real person. It’s important that people know that this is ME. You may not always agree with me about different things. Some people will comment that I should stick to modeling. If someone is on my feed and has a major soapbox moment...well, you might get deleted. We have to try to agree to disagree respectfully.
People refer to you as an icon. Who are some of the people that you look up to? CB: My mom and dad, of course. I can't say one without the other. They were so madly in love, always holding hands. They both passed away around the same time. My dad had a wonderful sense of humor—he was the smartest man I’ve ever known.
I've always admired Joni Mitchell. She’s such a prolific artist: She’s one of the most brilliant musicians of all time and an amazing painter. It seems to me that by fulfilling her life’s passions, she’s made all of our lives so much richer. And then Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Both of them were so beautiful, in such different ways, and so quotable—their inner beauty matched their outer beauty.