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Christie Brinkley reflects on her SI Swimsuit success and the #MeToo movement

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“I was once told that I was doing a job on a ship in the south of France and that I would be picked up by a man who would buy me a dress and that I should be nice to everybody because they could really help my career,” said the world-renowned model. “And I thought to myself, ‘I may be naïve but this doesn’t sound like a real job so I’m going to pass on this.’”

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Christie Brinkley reflected on her success for the July issue of Social Life magazine.

Christie Brinkley reflected on her success for the July issue of Social Life magazine.
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“I think the #MeToo movement has empowered young women to really spot the pitfalls before they get in there too far,” Brinkley shared.

Brinkley was first discovered by a photographer when she was studying art in Paris. Some of her most iconic photographs appeared in style” target=”_blank”>Sports Illustrated Swimsuit<.

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Christie Brinkley told Social Life magazine the #MeToo movement has 'empowered' women to 'to really spot the pitfalls before they get in there too far.'

Christie Brinkley told Social Life magazine the #MeToo movement has ’empowered’ women to ‘to really spot the pitfalls before they get in there too far.’
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“This was the first time I was going,” she said. “They curated the entry hall to resemble an athletic locker room. They line the entire entry hall with bright red lockers and all the doors were hanging open with a different page from the calendar pinned to the inside of the locker.”

“I took my mom with me,” Brinkley added.

Back in April, Brinkley told Fox News she didn’t see herself posing for SI Swimsuit again.

“Hmm, I doubt it,” she said at the time. “I feel like, been there, done that. I think when I put on my bathing suit again, I want to also have a snorkel and go diving, see the fish.”

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Christie Brinkley has appeared in more than 500 magazine covers worldwide and been photographed in more than 30 countries on six continents. 

Christie Brinkley has appeared in more than 500 magazine covers worldwide and been photographed in more than 30 countries on six continents. 
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Still, Brinkley will happily post swimsuit snaps on her social media in hopes that it will encourage women of all ages to celebrate their bodies.

“I post these pictures because I hear from women my age all the time that say, ‘Thank you for changing the way people think about the numbers,’” Brinkley explained. “Back in the day, numbers represented something. I remember people thinking that after 30, you should never wear your hair past your shoulders or your hemline needed to hover your knee caps.”

“I’ve always found those rules so limiting,” she continued. “Everybody’s different, everybody’s unique. But it’s like telling a gymnast she can’t do flips past a certain age. It doesn’t make sense. If you’ve got great legs, show them. If there’s something about yourself that you really love, celebrate that. Don’t be controlled by those numbers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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