Christie Brinkley turns 66 on Feb. 2, 2020. In honor of her birthday, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the ageless wonder's life and career. Christie was reportedly discovered at a post office in Paris in 1973. Three years later, she signed with CoverGirl and kicked off a 25-year partnership with the cosmetics brand. (She still holds the record for the longest running contract between a cosmetics brand and a model.) The blonde beauty also appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years between 1979 and 1981. Keep reading to see her now, plus catch up with Grace Jones, Iman, Jerry Hall and more of the most famous models from the swingin' '70s…
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Christie Brinkley made her feature film debut in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation," played a version of herself in "Jack and Jill" in 2011, popped up on several episodes of "Parks and Recreation" between 2012 and 2015 and made her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in "Chicago" in 2010. She's also released two books on the subject of beauty and fitness, starred in infomercials for Total Gym fitness equipment and launched a successful skincare line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. The multi-hyphenate still models and even posed for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook. The blonde beauty has been married four times: to French artist Jean-François Allaux, to musician Billy Joel, to real estate developer Richard Taubman — the father of her son, Jack — and then to architect Peter Cook, whom she divorced in 2008 after it was revealed that he'd been unfaithful with a teenager. Christie was also involved with champagne heir Olivier Chandon de Brailles when he died in a racing accident in 1983 and romanced John Mellencamp in 2015 and 2016. Before he married Katharine McPhee, David Foster dated Christie Brinkley briefly in 2017. In 2019, Christie had to drop out of "Dancing With the Stars" after breaking her arm, but luckily, daughter Sailor was able to fill in for her.
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Grace Jones walked for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo and Azzedine Alaia during her early days as a model. She's seen here in 1977.
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Grace Jones made her feature film debut in 1973's "Gordon's War" and released her debut studio album, "Portfolio," in 1977. She went on to have a successful career as a recording artist and actress and even became a Bond Girl in 1985's "A View to a Kill." The multitalented star, who toured in 2015 and performed at several major music festivals in 2016, has mostly retired from acting, though she appeared in the 2016 rock 'n' roll film "Gutterdämmerung." In 1979, Grace and longtime collaborator Jean-Paul Goude welcomed a son, Paulo. She then romanced Dolph Lundgren throughout the early '80s. According to reports, the Grace wed producer Chris Stanley in 1989, but she shot down those rumors in her 2015 autobiography "I'll Never Write My Memoirs." In 1996, Grace wed Atila Altaunbay, from whom she reportedly split in 2004. In this 2019 picture, Grace is seen on the catwalk once again during the Tommy Hilfiger show at Paris Fashion Week.
Iman was studying political science at the University of Nairobi when photographer Peter Beard discovered her in 1975. She booked her first Vogue spread the following year and went on to pose for the likes of Valentino, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent.
Iman made her acting debut in 1979's "The Human Factor" and went on to appear in "Out of Africa," "L.A. Story" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." She launched an eponymous cosmetics company in 1994 and has written two books: the 2001 autobiography "I Am Iman" and the 2005 beauty and makeup guide "The Beauty of Color." During the late '70s, the Somali supermodel briefly romanced Warren Beatty before marrying basketball star Spencer Haywood, with whom she welcomed daughter Zulekha in 1978. They divorced in 1987. Iman met David Bowie three years later. They tied the knot in 1992, welcomed daughter Alexandria in 2000 and were still happily married when he died in 2016 following a secret 18-month cancer battle.
Janice Dickinson, who claims she coined the term "supermodel," launched her career after she won a Miss High Fashion Model competition. She went on to pose for many of the biggest names in fashion over the course of her illustrious career.
Janice Dickinson found her second calling as a reality TV star. She was memorably fired from "America's Next Top Model" after publicly feuding with host Tyra Banks, headlined "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," which chronicled her attempts to book talent for her eponymous agency, sought help for substance abuse issues on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and appeared on "The Surreal Life," "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" and "Celebrity Big Brother." She's also written three memoirs about her career, experiences with cosmetic surgery and struggles with alcoholism, substance abuse and eating disorders. In December 2016, she wed psychiatrist Robert Gerner. She previously romanced a wide range of famous faces — from Sylvester Stallone to Jon Lovitz — and was married to Ron Levy, Simon Fields — with whom she shares son Nathan — and Alan B. Gersten. Janice also had a daughter, Savannah Dickinson, with producer Michael Birnbaum. Despite her most recent marriage, the past few years haven't exactly been a breeze for the entrepreneur, who battled breast cancer in 2016 and in 2014 alleged that Bill Cosby had raped her in 1982.
A talent scout reportedly discovered Texas-born beauty Jerry Hall on the beach in St-Tropez. She went on to walk the runway for Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake and Karl Lagerfeld.
Jerry Hall made her acting debut in 1980 in "Urban Cowboy" and had a small role in 1989's "Batman." In 2000, she starred in a production of "The Graduate" on London's West End, which led to her performing the part of Mrs. Robinson around the globe for more than a decade. She also popped up in various British stage productions, looked for love on the VH1 reality TV show "Kept" in 2005 and competed on "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2012. During the late '70s, Jerry famously left musician Bryan Ferry for a still-married Mick Jagger, whom she "wed" in 1990 and divorced in 1999 due to his issues with infidelity. (He successfully argued during their divorce proceedings that their Bali wedding was only ceremonial and therefore not legally binding.) The duo had four children together — daughters Elizabeth and Georgia May and sons James and Gabriel — all of whom have taken a stab at modeling and/or acting. In March 2016, Jerry and publishing mogul Rupert Murdoch tied the knot after a whirlwind romance of less than a year.
Lauren Hutton officially launched her modeling career when she responded to a wanted ad for Christian Dior. She went on to work at the Playboy Club as a Lunchtime Bunny, reportedly booked more than 25 covers between 1966 and 1975 and made history in 1973 when she signed the first modeling contract with Revlon for a cool $400,000.
Lauren Hutton made her acting debut in 1968's "Paper Lion." She went on to star in "American Gigolo," "Once Bitten" and "My Father the Hero." She hasn't appeared in a feature film since 2009's "The Joneses" but continues to work regularly as a model. In 2015, she posed as part of Alexander Wang's campaign for DoSomething.org. In 2016, she appeared in an H&M ad and walked the runway during Bottega Veneta's 50th anniversary show in Milan. And in April 2017, she stripped down for a Calvin Klein Underwear campaign — at age 73! Lauren was romantically involved with her manager, Bob Williamson, for nearly three decades. When he died in 1997, she discovered that not only had he grossly mismanaged her funds but also serially cheated on her and disseminated the rumor that she and actress Julie Christie were an item. Lauren also romanced Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. In 2000, the supermodel suffered multiple leg fractures and a punctured lung when she crashed her bike during a star-studded motorcycle ride outside Las Vegas. After nearly a year in the hospital, she launched her eponymous cosmetics company in 2002. Though she's credited the brand with helping her recover, she shuttered it in 2016.