Christie Brinkley was the cover model for the June 1977 issue of Cosmopolitan (for just $1.50!), and on her Instagram account on Monday she shared some behind-the-scenes info about the bikini she wore and the shoot itself. In the photo, she is wearing a high-cut purple bikini and Brinkley writes that it caused “quit a stir” at the time.
“In 1977 this bathing suit caused a stir! At the time all the bikinis were low slung on the hip,” she wrote. “This high leg cut made the hip a new erogenous zone. I couldn’t figure out how to put it on as just one string holds it all together! Francesco Scavullo shot all the covers for #cosmopolitan back then. He had a big umbrella with a string that ran from the middle of the umbrella which contained a light to the tip of your nose.”
“You were in perfect light at the end of that string. They did not have retouching back then so they really perfected the make up and every strand of hair. I remember I was worried that I looked fat. I’m so glad that today our industry appreciates all shapes and sizes so we can just focus on being healthy. Not cookie cutter,” she continued.
“Still there is something in some young girls that often makes them feel they just don’t measure up. I was one of them. I look back at these and think that worry was such a waste of time. If only the perspective we gain with age that alleviates the worries, could be passed on and absorbed by the younger generation …but I do think shifting the focus to feeling great is a giant step in the right direction. Just thinking out loud as I sift thru a few photos. Wishing everyone a great day ( and decade!),” Brinkley concluded her post.
“I bought this magazine in 1977 and my friends and I were all jealous of your beauty and body!!” one fan commented.
“Yes! I remember this. I’ve been getting my bikinis made for me since 1987 from the same seamstress. I described it to her and picked out lavender color. She made it nearly exactly to the same and I loved it. Yes, the one long string was tricky to put on. Wish I still had it. Lavender looks good on a ginger,” another wrote.