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Christie Brinkley Is Draped Across a Tree in Stunning 'SI' Throwback

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By Gary Trock

Supermodel Christie Brinkley is reminiscing about her amazing career and showing thanks for the team that makes it all possible. Brinkley took to Instagram on Sunday afternoon as she shared some thoughts about her long-running relationship with "Sports Illustrated" as one of their feature models. It's been a few years since the 66-year-old model took to the pages of "SI" and did a photoshoot with her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook.

"The last time I did @si_swimsuit I really went out on a limb! I was 63 years old, and I was stunned when they asked me to do it!" Brinkley wrote on social media.

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Looking Back

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Christie Brinkley and her daughters appeared in the 2017 SI Swimsuit issue, and admitted, "I almost said no thanks but I remember thinking as I was gazing up at a blue sky with sculptural clouds drifting by on the trade winds."

She shared one of the photos from the steamy set, which shows the supermodel draped across a tree while in a black one-piece.

She added, "I am so lucky and grateful for my career that spans 4 decades. I have a lot of people to thank for it ... from @si_swimsuit who introduced me early on to their world in a big way..to agents and hair and make up artists who gave me different looks and photographers who put me in flattering light and @totalgymdirect for keeping me moving for the past 25 years so I’m able to say “YES!” when the opportunity presents! Just some Sunday souvenirs on this rainy day in NY."

'Full Circle'

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Brinkley is extremely close with her daughters, and the swimsuit photoshoot was a special moment for all of them.

Back in 2017 she told "Sports Illustrated" the whole thing felt like going "full circle," and that, "I can get very emotional about this. How many years ago, I was that insecure girl hoping that I would be good enough for the magazine. So to see my daughters now having the same thoughts I had, and to be able to see them actually be there on the job, was definitely a big moment."

Fun Fact: Christie Brinkley is the only "SI" model to be featured on the swimsuit cover for three years in a row; 1979, 1980 and 1981.

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