Christie Brinkley and Family Front HAMPTONS 2013 Holiday Issue
After striking a few poses for the Jim Wright-shot spread, the 59-year-old supermodel shared details about her fight to end elephant and rhinoceros poaching while her children discussed what it was like growing up with a world-famous mother.
Check out a few highlights from the Brinkley's interview below. For more, be sure to visit HAMPTONS!
On her first exposure to animal poaching:
"When I was a teenager, I picked up a book my mom was reading, and it opened to this page that had a very graphic description of the stockyards in Chicago. I read that, and my stomach just turned. I closed the book and said, 'Well, that’s it. I’m never eating another bite of meat for as long as I live. I don’t want to be a part of a process that hurts animals.'"
"Many Chinese people vow that as they get a higher standard of living, part of their tradition is to buy rhino horn as medicine and ivory as a status symbol, and now there is too much demand. Even if you could harvest [horns and tusks] without hurting the animal, you’d never [meet the demand]. The only thing we can do is try to get everyone to understand that there is no status in owning ivory, and that rhinoceros horns have no magic powers. It is keratin—the same thing as if you grind up hair and toenails and put that in a pill."
On ending poaching:
"People can sign a petition to say no to ivory on multiple websites: iworry.org, sheldrickwildlifetrust.org, or stoprhinopoaching.com. There are a lot of different ways to come at this. The government in South Africa needs to adopt strict anti-poaching laws that punish the poachers, and they’re not doing it, so shame on them. Right now in South Africa, a person who is caught smoking in a no-smoking zone pays a bigger fine than a poacher. The other day, I marched from one river to the other in Manhattan with an elephant on my head—floppy ears, a trunk—and not one picture in the paper. But a fake story about me selling a little house I own or doing some sort of revenge tactic on an ex... Google that, and there are like 45,000 links."
On her life with her supermodel mom:
"It hasn’t really changed my life in a way that people would think. I go to school; no one sees me differently. I’ve never been followed by paparazzi, except when I’m with my mom. It got my foot in the modeling world, but otherwise it’s pretty normal. As much as people say we’re twins, I don’t think I look like my mom that much, so I think I can make my own identity in the modeling industry."
On her childhood in the Hamptons:
"I don’t really know anything different, so I think it’s great. I love all the nature and green; I don’t think I would be able to live in the city."
On his mother's influence on his choices:
"She encourages me to do the right thing, but doesn’t ever tell me what I have to do, which is really important. I get to make my own decisions; it was my decision to go to Emerson. My mom encourages me to follow the right path."
On his plans for after graduation:
" Something that has to do with media relations because I enjoy that part of the business. I’ve been exposed to media my entire life just growing up around my mom, my older sister, and now Sailor is getting into that world, too."
Photo Credit: Jim Wright for HAMPTONS