Christie Brinkley: I garden in a bikini to avoid tan lines

At age 63, Christie Brinkley isn’t afraid to rock a bikini — even when it comes to gardening.

“I always put a bikini on a say, ‘Oh, it is just to wear around the house. I am not going to go anywhere in it. I just want to get a little color while I am gardening,’” the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model told PeopleStyle. “I run around trimming my begonias to even everything out so I don’t have any tan lines.”

Brinkley insisted her reasoning is a simple one.

“When you’re naked, you want those parts tanned!” she said. “I don’t care how much sunblock you put on, when you’re outdoors as much as I am, you’re going to get some color.”


The ex-wife of musician Billy Joel also isn’t worried about critics commenting on her daring ensemble.

“You know what? You can’t really critique a person over 50 — it is just like, if they are brave enough to put on a bikini then you let them be!”

Brinkley told Fox News in 2015 she maintains a daily workout regimen to always look a feel swimsuit-ready.

“I urge people to make your workout fun,” she said. “Currently, I’m doing a lot of bike riding. I like to do the Peloton and the Soul Cycle [spinning classes], and it’s just so fun."

And when she can’t make time for an exercise class? “I crank up the music and I dance around the house,” she added. “You don’t always have to get an expensive gym membership. The important thing is to keep moving, and to make it fun, and have variety — it’s the spice of life.”