Model, actress and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley has had a long, and varied career. She's graced covers of Sports Illustrated and hailed in a new era and standard of beauty that encapsulated the zeitgeist of the late 1970s and 1980s. From swimsuits to skincare, how much is she worth?
Brinkley was discovered in Paris in 1973 by an American photographer, leading to an introduction with Elite Model Management and Eileen Ford (co-founder of Ford Models). Three national ad campaigns followed, including a Noxzema commercial. After a succession of cover appearances on Glamour magazine, in 1976, Brinkley signed a 25-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, one of the longest modeling contracts in history. Her meteoric rise in the modeling industry, going on to appear on three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue covers (1979, 1980 and 1981), launching her celebrity star.
Movies and music videos
Brinkley made her feature film debut in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation." Her role as "the girl in the red Ferrari" became an instantly iconic scene. She also starred in the music video for Billy Joel's 1983 hit "Uptown Girl," as the subject of the title. Brinkley and Joel would marry in 1985.
Brinkley made a few TV appearances, most notably, a reoccurring role on "Parks and Recreation." She also went on to play Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago," performing both on Broadway and on London's West End.
Her brand endorsement career started soon after her modeling. In 1983, Brinkley signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Russ Togs, for a multimillion-dollar sum. The contract enabled Brinkley to launch her own line of clothing and swimwear under her own label.
Brinkley continues to launch and run a number of her own business brands, including Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skincare, a hair extension line called Hair2Wear, Christie Brinkley Eyewear and even her own Prosecco called Bellissima.
Brinkley has lent her name to a wide range of brands and products, including major contracts with Chanel No. 19, Prell, Mastercard, Breck, Diet Coke, Anheuser-Busch, Got Milk?, Healthy Choice, Max Factor, Nissan, Noxema, Revlon, Clairol, Borghese Cosmetics, Danskin, Nu Skin, Yardley of London, Halston, Total Gym, Vogue Patterns, Gottex and Black Velvet.