Christie Brinkley has been a familiar face in American popular culture for over thirty years. Discovered by a photographer in Paris at the age of eighteen, Brinkley has since graced over 500 magazine covers worldwide and secured contracts to be a part of a number of advertising campaigns for companies including Cover Girl, Chanel, Mastercard, Diet Coke, Healthy Choice and over a dozen others. Though modeling threw her into the spotlight, Brinkley’s other talents and civic involvement which has certainly become a substantial part of her legacy.
Christie Brinkley is an active and dedicated supporter of many organizations and worthwhile causes including UNICEF's Art and Entertainment Support Committee, Handgun Control, Ovarian Cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Greenpeace, the Cousteau Society, Southern Poverty Law, the Wilderness Society, STAR (Standing for Truth about Radiation), New York Coalition for Healthy School Food and The Ross School.
Christie also participated in USO tours of Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Italy to entertain peacekeeping forces and visit refugee camps. Most recently, Christie spoke at a panel hosted by the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament and the Global Security Institute at the United Nations regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and is on the Board of Directors of the Global Security Institute.
Brinkley played in a charity softball match which raised $75,000 for a hospice for the terminally ill, a day care center and a drug and alcohol treatment program.
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