Christie Brinkley Proud as Son and Daughter Follow Her Famous Footsteps into Modeling World

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Christie Brinkley is no doubt very proud, as her two younger children, Jack and Sailor Brinkley-Cook, are featured in the November issue of Town & Country magazine. The gorgeous duo--Sailor is 17, Jack is 20--have big shoes to fill. After all, Christie Brinkley is still a star at 61--and she's dating a rock star, too. Brinkley and rocker John Mellencamp have been dating for a couple of months now, and are frequently spotting out on the town in New York City.

Within the pages of this most recent issue of Town & Country, Brinkley's kids also dish on being brought up by one of the most famous super models ever.

"The best part of my childhood was how normal it was," Sailor Brinkley-Cook says, "given my circumstances."

Though watching her parents' bitter divorce play out on the pages of the New York Post isn't necessarily conducive to a happy childhood experience, Brinkley-Cook says life with her mother Christie Brinkley, on a 20-acre estate in Bridgehampton, as "balanced."

"My dad [architect Peter Cook] understands reality, and my mom, fantasy," she says.

Jack Brinkley-Cook has set his sights on acting, but models in the meantime. He performed in plays while at the Ross School in East Hampton, then graduated from a conservatory program at New York City's Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. He even recently did a short film. For now, however, he auditions and waits.

"The most terrifying thing is the desire to establish a career as an actor," he says, dropping the name of fellow Strasberg alum Miles Teller (Divergent, Whiplash) as an inspiration. "It's an extremely competitive and challenging industry to conquer."

Since Sailor wants to model, she has the best resource available--right in her own home.

"It can be hard to be up-and-coming and constantly compared to an icon," she says, insisting she doesn't plan to inherit her success, but to work for it instead. "Right now I'm focusing on working hard in school and getting into college."

Sailor and Jack often do photo shoots together, posting the shots on Instagram.

Christie Brinkley's older daughter from her marriage to Billy Joel--Alexa Ray Joel--is a great support to both her siblings, but most especially to Jack.

"If I ever have anything I need to talk about or get over, Alexa is my go-to," he says.

Jack frequently attends Alexa's Café Caryle performances, cheering her on from the audience.

What do you think of Jack and Sailor Brinkley-Cook's latest fashion spread? Are they about to take the fashion modeling world by storm--in true Christie Brinkley fashion?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.