Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models: Then and Now

How are Elle, Christie, Kathy and more faring (and looking) since their first shoots? Answer: Pretty darn well!

  • 1979: CHRISTIE BRINKLEY photo | Christie Brinkley
     photo | Christie Brinkley

Credit: Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Updated: Tuesday Feb 12, 2013 | 09:00 AM EST By: Kate Hogan

1979: CHRISTIE BRINKLEY

Brinkley also covered SI three times, appearing consecutively from 1979 (left) to 1981 before marrying Billy Joel in 1985. Drama with fourth husband Peter Cook aside, Brinkley, now 59 and a mother of three, has enjoyed a successful life, working as a CoverGirl, launching her own namesake skin-care line and appearing on Broadway in Chicago, helping her to land on the Daily Mail's 2012 list of the world's 20 richest models.