Photos of Christie Brinkley posing for the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at age 63 alongside her daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook may have blown up the internet, but this isn’t Joel’s first time in the iconic magazine.
Brinkley took to Instagram on Sunday to share that while she now holds the record for the oldest model to shoot the swimsuit issue, her 31-year-old daughter happens to be the youngest to make an appearance. In 1989, Joel, whose father is legendary musician Billy Joel, unexpectedly crashed her mother’s photo shoot — in the buff.
Isn't it a shame that a photo that others deemed iconic and to me was a beautiful loving artful moment, has been removed by people who have issues. And In 2017 I have to crop this photo to be able to post it … shame on you #Instagram for succumbing to pressure this is a photo of a mother and daughter and pure innocent joy! And to all my friends I'm sorry all your wonderful comments (over 400 of them!) were Lost. #censored #instagram #putitbackoninstagram @si_swimsuit @mj_day @instagram
“This shot was NOT planned,” Brinkley explained in the caption. “She was playing nearby and suddenly had the urge to give me a quick hug and just as quickly she ran back out but in that second she struck the perfect pose and photographer John Zimmerman caught it.”
Here's a FUN Fact…I am officially the OLDEST, and Alexa, pictured with me here in 1989 the YOUNGEST models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues! This photo was taken in Lamu which is a tiny but hugely charming island off the coast in Kenya. This shot was NOT planned she was playing nearby and suddenly had the urge to give me a quick hug and just as quickly she ran back out but in that second she struck the perfect pose and photographer John Zimmerman caught it. Sports Illustrated also caught a lot of heat from "outraged" readers who where cancelling subscriptions right and left for this "nudity" . Somehow SI survived, and so did we!lol! And It's one of my favorite photos of my career. @julecampbell @mj_day @si_swimsuit #nude #topless #healthybodyimage #thankyouforthememoriessportsillustrated!
Although the frequent Sports Illustrated cover star calls the snap “one of my favorite photos of my career,” some readers weren’t so happy.
“Sports Illustrated also caught a lot of heat from ‘outraged’ readers who where cancelling subscriptions right and left for this ‘nudity,’ ” Brinkley wrote. “Somehow SI survived, and so did we! lol!”
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Brinkley first covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1979, then set a record by landing the covers for the next two years. For decades thereafter, she toured the world posing in one exotic location after another, before hanging up her barely-there bikini in 2004.
“My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way!’” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “When I turned 30, I was like, ‘This is the last time I’m posing in a bathing suit!’ When this issue comes out, I’ll be 63. I thought, ‘Those days are over.’ But to get to do it with my girls, I thought, ‘One last go!’”