This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala, which celebrated the supermodel turned super-mogul, Christie Brinkley.
The festivities took place at the Bridgehampton Historical Museum with over 750 guests in attendance, including Christie Brinkley’s children, Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Jack Brinkley-Cook.
Between her exclusive Hair2Wear line, her Authentic Skincare products, and her soon-to-be launched Organic Prosecco brand, this mother of three exemplifies the strong, independent and hardworking woman worthy of idolization.
I had a chance to chat with this global icon for Downtown, and the first thing I wanted to know was, “What do you wish more people knew about Christie Brinkley?”
She responded by gushing with excitement over her new line of Organic prosecco, titled Bellissima:
“[I want people to know] that I have a great prosecco coming out in August! I’m really excited about this, because if I’m lucky, my prosecco, Bellissima, is going to be apart of people’s happiest moments. They’ll reach for my Bellissima to toast baby’s being born, kids graduating from college, or just ‘hey, it’s Friday night and a friend’s coming over!’ It’s those good times, those happy times, those beautiful moments that we’ll [now] get to share with them in our own way and that’s very exciting to me. And we’re at a great price point too: $19.99! I mean, that’s reason to pop the cork and celebrate!”
This line of prosecco is unparalleled to anything you may have in your liquor cabinet. Why, you ask? The entire line is completely organic and vegan, made from all naturally-grown grapes found in Italy’s Treviso-Veneto region. Not to forget, the blue one is 100% sugar-free!
“I feel very, very proud of that. Because going organic is really good for our bodies and our planet,” Christie added.
Eating healthy has been a booming trend for years now, but finally thanks to Christie Brinkley, we have an outlet to drink healthy as well. This model and actress is not one to just simply stick her name on a product with complete disregard for its quality or affectivity. Rather, she works with sincerity to ensure we receive her promised outcome.
This is evident through the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Line: “I love the fact that my skincare is giving women the results that they’re looking for. And I hear all day long women say to me ‘Christie, thank you so much!’ I was really, really, really strict about it. Until I felt like we were giving women true results, I kept saying, ‘No, no, not good enough. I want more, more, more.’ And women are literally seeing the age fall off their face and they’re feeling better and more confident. That makes me really happy.”
Are you still skeptical? I’ll tell you why I’m not. I approached Christie’s daughter Sailor for a little impromptu Q&A, and from that I was able to glean a little more insight into just how genuine Christie and her products are. Sailor welcomed the unscheduled interview with grace and excitement. She was extremely candid and sincere. We chatted briefly about her moms line of prosecco, and she too thought the organic and zero-sugar ideas were genius, as it allows people to go out and enjoy their night without waking up with dietary guilt the next morning.
However, Sailor’s authenticity fully shined through when I asked the aspiring model: “What is the best advice your mom has given you about the modeling industry?”
To which Sailor answered: “To be you. I’ve been told by photographers [and make-up and hair artists] that they like how I make conversation with them and treat them like people. And that’s what my mom did that got her big in the industry. She treated everyone as a human and as an equal and just made working fun. And that’s what I aspire to do. I aspire to have a personality in the business.”
I asked Christie the same question. As her worldwide fame began to skyrocket in the late 1970s, Christie recalls the first time she started to meet major celebrity figures from the industry. “I remember meeting every celebrity I’ve ever met when I was first coming to New York City. [And] it’s a story that I’ll tell, so I want everybody that I meet to have a nice story. So that’s what I tell my kids. I say always be polite [and] make sure they have a nice story about them.”
After speaking with Sailor, the strong values her mother has instilled in her were clear. And those values have been recapitulated in all of the Brinkley products.