64-Year-Old ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Model Reveals What She Eats In A Single Day

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models are notorious for their incredible bodies. Posing on the sand, in the sea and on seductively oiled surfaces, the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Elle Macpherson and Ashley Graham have inspired thousands of men and women to hit the gym and get in shape.

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Since January 1964, when the first copy of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was published, people have pawed over each page lusting after the busty blondes and brunette beach babes who adorn each page. In a variety of shapes and sizes, the women represent true body diversity, but even to the untrained eye, it’s clear to see that each and every model has worked incredibly hard to achieve their enviable shape.

Those who follow Chrissy Teigen’s social media accounts as religiously as I do may question how it’s possible to stay so toned, after all, it would appear that all she does is eat. This got me thinking, what is the secret to maintaining the perfect bikini body?

Whilst most models remain rather tight-lipped about their dieting habits, there is one who’s not afraid to reveal the truth. Christie Brinkley may be 64-years-old, but she’s looking just as sizzling in a swimsuit now as she was in 1979 when she first appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue.

It may have been 13-years since Brinkley’s last swimsuit shoot, but the mom-of-three is still the poster girl for many boys and girls around the world – especially online where she boasts 367,000 followers on Instagram. So what is her secret?

Brinkley was discovered in 1973 by an American photographer who spotted her in a post office in Paris, where she was studying art. Almost overnight she became one of the biggest models on the planet, despite humbly claiming to be nothing more than a “surfer girl from California.”

In order to keep up with her hectic modeling schedule and maintain her slim frame, Brinkley opted to diet. “I tried some pretty weird diets in the beginning,” she told New York Magazine. “Everything from juice fasting to eating one kind of food at a time, to eating a grapefruit first before everything. The only thing that really lasts is a well-balanced diet.”

Now she focuses on nourishing her body with everything it needs. For example, every morning she starts her day with warm water and lemon, a trick she picked up from Instagram. However, Christie’s version includes cayenne pepper and Manuka honey too.

One she has sipped this slowly she is ready for breakfast, which often consists of sheep’s-milk yogurt mixed with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, chia seeds, raw oatmeal, and walnuts. If she is craving protein or desires an extra boost, she will whip up an egg white omelet which she combines with mushrooms and spinach.

Check out some of Christie’s amazing outtakes from the shoot in the video below:

If none of that takes her fancy then the next best thing is avocado on toast.

Brinkley considers herself to be a flexible vegan. When asked to expand on what that means, the blonde beauty simply says: “Italy exists.” Clearly, she can’t resist a bowl of pasta or a steamy slab of lasagna. “Mozzarella and pasta exist,” she told New York Magazine. “In France, I may have to have a piece of Camembert, you know.” But when it comes to meat, Brinkley is firmly abstinent, having not consumed any since the age of 12.

With breakfast out of the way, lunch usually consists of “salad with whatever grain or bean was left over from dinner piled on top.”

By late afternoon the California native will indulge with a homemade juice, usually made from kale, lime juice, orange juice and avocado. This is accompanied by a homemade pumpkin-seed mix made with Himalayan salt, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried raisins.

Another of her favorite go-to snacks is apple dipped in peanut butter, which she’ll often tuck into if a little peckish before lunch.

One she has sipped this slowly she is ready for breakfast, which often consists of sheep’s-milk yogurt mixed with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, chia seeds, raw oatmeal, and walnuts. If she is craving protein or desires an extra boost, she will whip up an egg white omelet which she combines with mushrooms and spinach.

If none of that takes her fancy then the next best thing is avocado on toast.

Brinkley considers herself to be a flexible vegan. When asked to expand on what that means, the blonde beauty simply says: “Italy exists.” Clearly, she can’t resist a bowl of pasta or a steamy slab of lasagna. “Mozzarella and pasta exist,” she told New York Magazine. “In France, I may have to have a piece of Camembert, you know.” But when it comes to meat, Brinkley is firmly abstinent, having not consumed any since the age of 12.

With breakfast out of the way, lunch usually consists of “salad with whatever grain or bean was left over from dinner piled on top.”

Of course, it’s not just diet, but exercise as well:

Meanwhile, dinner is a colorful affair. “My favorite dish is brown rice with lentils, roasted red and yellow peppers, and fennel, with a sweet potato, and a salad on the side,” she explains. “Go for as many colors as possible in a day.”

Talking of colorful, Brinkley likes to polish off her day with a glass of vino. “I like a glass of red wine with dinner because it doesn’t interfere with my sleep,” she explains.

Whilst this may sound very restrained, Christie does treat herself once every day with a Gnosis Pom Açai raw chocolate bar.

So there you have it, the diet of a Sports Illustrated model. It appears that the secret is a balanced diet, nothing more and nothing less! Sadly this diet won’t just turn you into Christie Brinkley.