Christie Brinkley champions body positivity with throwback bikini photo

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley has championed body positivity by posting an old bikini photo on social media.

Since launching her career in the early 1970s, the supermodel has become one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, famously spending 25 years as the face of CoverGirl and appearing on three consecutive covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

In a new Instagram post, Christie reflected on her cover shoot for the June 1977 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, in which she posed in a purple bikini.

"This bathing suit caused a stir! At the time all the bikinis were low slung on the hip. 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!" she captioned the snap. "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. 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."

Christie went on to explain that she wishes the lessons she has learned over the years could be easily passed on and "absorbed" by the younger generation. But she is still pleased to see fashion industry leaders making progress when it comes to inclusivity and diversity.

"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 (sic)," the 65-year-old commented.

Accordingly, a number of Christie's celebrity pals quickly praised her honesty, with model Paulina Porizkova writing, "Perfectly put," and actress Kate Hudson adding: "Holy purple goddess!!!!! Everything about this!"

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