Growing older used to be considered a burden, but now women are finding that they are starting to truly come into their own as they age. Many women find that they are much more comfortable with who they are and what they look like as they get older. Not only do women become more at ease with themselves, they also know their personal style and taste. The modeling industry is also starting to embrace women who are older than they typical teenage models that are seen gracing magazine covers and runways. The following models show us that age is truly nothing but a number, as you can grow older with grace and style. Keep reading to find out who made the list of famous models over 55!
Christie Brinkley is a supermodel who first gained fame around the world in the late 1970s. She was featured on the cover of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three years in a row. She has since been featured on over 500 magazine covers, has spent 25 years as a CoverGirl spokesperson, and has signed lucrative contracts with many brands.
Brinkley was born in 1954 in Michigan, United States. Brinkley was first discovered in 1973 by an American photographer while she was in a post office in Paris. He introduced her to an agent at Elite Model Management in Paris. Brinkley was known for her all-American looks including her long blonde hair and tanned skin. After becoming a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit icon, Brinkley released two of her own exclusive calendars, which were both extremely successful. Brinkley has graced the cover of many top magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Life, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek and many more. Brinkley has also secured major contracts with many brands including Diet Coke, MasterCard, Healthy Choice, Max Factor, Chanel, Revlon, Clairol, Borghese Cosmetics, Danskin, Vogue Patterns, Gottex and Black Velvet, and many more. She has also appeared in a variety of movies including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Vegas Vacation and the documentary, King of the Hamptons. She has also appeared on various TV shows including Mad About You, Parks and Recreation and Celebrity Weddings InStyle. You can also see Brinkley in music videos for her former husband, Billy Joel including “Uptown Girl.” Brinkley has even penned a novel about health and beauty, which became a New York Times bestseller. Brinkley has been married four times, including to singer Billy Joel and architect Peter Cook.
Brinkley’s modeling and entertainment career has spanned more than thirty years, and shows no signs of slowing down. She still tops most attractive women lists, and is now one of the world’s richest models. Modeling runs in the family, as Brinkley’s daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook have also started modeling and entertainment careers. Brinkley’s career continues to rise as she still works as a model, illustrator, actress, photographer, writer, designer and activist.