A few weeks before her 67th birthday, Christie Brinkley revealed her recent hip surgery scar to her Instagram followers.
"I found swimming to be great rehab for my hip! Def the most fun too!" she captioned a photo slideshow of herself resting on a rock on the beach on Jan. 23. In the snapshot, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue legend is wearing a black one-piece bathing suit that reveals the scar that's healing on her right hip.
"I kept the scar covered from the sun for better healing, but one of the band -aids fell off. I wish I could start everyday with a snorkel! Hope you are all diving into a beautiful day! 🌝🤿🌊🐟🐠🐡🐬," she added.
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Back on Jan. 5, the supermodel shared the news of her surgery with fans in a different Instagram post, though in that one, her scar was completely covered by flesh-colored bandages.
"New Year, New Hip! Yes that's a band aid on my hip. I injured my hip in a back country skiing helicopter crash on a mountaintop in Telluride many years ago," she explained in a lengthy caption next to a photo slideshow of an early morning snorkeling adventure. "The pain in my hip got a little bit worse each year. 12 years ago I was told it needed to be replaced but the surgery was daunting ! And I had things to do!
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"But quarantine put a damper on any plans so I decided to finally take time for myself and do something about the pain that had progressively influenced my decisions," Christie continued. "I wanted to be ready to be able to say yes to opportunity. I had my surgery at Thanksgiving and I was dancing in my kitchen by New Years Eve and today I put on my long fins and explored the coral reefs propelled by my new hip!"
She then urged her followers to take care of themselves too. "I'm writing all this to say If you've been putting something off that could improve your well-being but hesitate out of some sort of fear, I suggest learning as much as you can about the process and the results and expectations," Christie wrote. "I found the best Doctor for my circumstances and voila! I can't tell you how happy I am to have done this. Now I can focus on getting back in shape and rebuilding my strength. Never to[o] old to get hip! 😜."