Supermodel mom Christie Brinkley has taught her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook many important life lessons. “She always said to just keep smiling, even if you’re feeling bad, and you’ll start feeling good,” Sailor, 20 — who is a brand ambassador for the Who’s That Girl makeup line — has said.
Sailor’s mom also gave her youngest daughter full access to her enviable wardrobe. “I just love being in her closet because it’s massive and genuinely historic,” Sailor added. “She has clothes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s — the most beautiful collection of clothes —and it’s so fun to go in there.”
Today, Sailor is following in her mom’s high-heeled footsteps and becoming a model. “I was looking at photos of my mom when she was around my age and I was tripping out,” she has said. “We look so alike!” But when Sailor started her modeling career, she previously told People that it was hard to always be compared to Christie.
“I grew up looking at these photos of my mom, never thinking that I would ever be able to do that,” Sailor shared. “To be compared to my mother who has this extremely successful career under her belt when I’m just getting started? And to have people say I’m never going to have what she has or be what she is. I’m not trying to be her. But I’m fine. I don’t get hurt by this stuff,” she said.
As a mom, Christie — who is also a proud parent to daughter Alexa Ray Joel, 32, and son Jack Paris Brinkley Cook, 23 — has always had her kids’ backs. Though Sailor and Alexa Ray have, unfortunately, dealt with body-shamers and online haters in the past, Christie has taught her daughters to ultimately not let critics get them down.
“It bothers me just on a general level that somehow people feel empowered to say things that are hurtful,” Christie revealed in a past interview. “This was unthinkable back in the day. There’s this general sense now that it’s okay to do this.” With Christie by her side, Sailor can achieve anything!
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