By now, you’ve probably seen Sailor Brinkley Cook’s Sports Illustrated 2017 Swimsuit Issue photos that she posed for with her mom, Christie Brinkley, and her sister, Alexa Ray Joel — and one thing is obvious: Cook is a regular chip off the old block.
We wanted to get a little more info about Cook, and we found that — she sure looks an awful lot like her mama — but there’s a lot more to know. Here’s what we dug up.
1. She says she had an average childhood
Despite being the daughter of an icon and growing up on a 20-acre Bridgehampton estate built in 1898, Cook says her childhood was balanced and pretty par for the course.
“The best part of my childhood was how normal it was,” Cook told Town & Country magazine in 2015. “My dad [architect Peter Cook] understands reality, and my mom, fantasy.”
2. She’s a college girl
Brinkley documented the day she helped moved Cook to New York to attend Parson’s School of Design in August 2016.
Can you imagine if you were moving into your dorm and saw Christie Brinkley carrying furniture up the stairs?
3. She does not tolerate haters
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Alright alright. This is going to be super long and super rant-y. Im sorry in advance. So, I usually never read the comment section under any stupid article about me.. And when i do i usually never take the comments to heart.. But i am so fed up. First of all- everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition. I believe comparison will kill you. Comparison to others is toxic and unhealthy.. As long as I am happy healthy and kind to others why should i care if i am not as 'pretty' as someone else ? Let alone not as 'pretty' as my own blood relatives? Secondly- Pushing down the school i worked my ass off for 4 years to get into, saying its for do-nothing trust fund babies, is not only stereotyping a scholastic community but is just plain incorrect and rude! I know many kids enrolled in Parsons who are the most hard working and passionate students in all of new york. And lastly.. The subject i have been meaning to touch on publicly for years- stop. comparing. me. to. my. mother. Believe it or not I am my own person with my own beliefs and own thoughts and my own face! Eyes smile teeth forehead! All mine! The whole shabang! Yes i am so fortunate that my mother is my mother.. And she will always be an inspiration to me… But being constantly compared to her 50+ years of success at only 18 years old? And being told I could never amount to what she was and what she looks like? Doesn't feel great. I just will never understand these people who WANT to make me feel badly, who WANT to tell an 18 year old girl she cant follow her dreams because if she does she WONT BE AS GOOD AS HER MOM WAS. I'm just a person figuring out what i want to do and what makes me happy. Leave me alone. My one wish is that these people can get off their computers, go chase a sunset, kiss someone they love, pursue one of their dreams and STOP making an 18 year old girl feel constantly inferior and hurt. Lets just fuckin spread love you guys. And pleaseeeee stop trolling me. Thank u🙏🏼
After seeing a whole load of horribly negative comments about her appearance, Cook stepped up to hit back.
“So, I usually never read the comment section under any stupid article about me.. And when i do i usually never take the comments to heart.. But i am so fed up,” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “First of all- everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition. I believe comparison will kill you. Comparison to others is toxic and unhealthy.. As long as I am happy healthy and kind to others why should i care if i am not as ‘pretty’ as someone else ? Let alone not as ‘pretty’ as my own blood relatives?”
“The subject i have been meaning to touch on publicly for years- stop. comparing. me. to. my. mother,” she added. “Believe it or not I am my own person with my own beliefs and own thoughts and my own face! Eyes smile teeth forehead! All mine! The whole shabang!”
4. She’s got a sense of humor
Cook makes a habit of captioning her Instagram posts with hilarious one-liners, and we kinda love her for it.
5. But she has a serious side too
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Almost 3 hours standing in line in a 95 degree humid basement… But thanks to some really cool people behind me who made great conversation and the incomparable excitement of everyone making their voice heard… I VOTED IN MY FIRST ELECTION!!!!!!!!!!! No better feeling. Get out and wait in that line and VOTE!!!!!!! ❤️🇺🇸 #IREALLYAMWITHHER
Cook likes to joke around, but she’s serious when it comes to political issues — and was super-proud to finally be able to vote for the first time in the recent election (she was with her, BTW). She also attended the Women’s March and has posted in solidarity with immigrants who have been affected by the (now at least temporarily lifted) travel ban.
6. She gets around
Uruguay, secluded islands, gorgeous beaches, South Africa, Paris — you name it, Cook has probably been there.
But her heart seems to remain in India.
7. She loves animals
While most people her age are obsessed with puppies and kittens (and Cook probably is as well), she takes things to a whole different level by supporting the conservation of endangered species. Cook was inspired by a 2013 trip to South Africa in which she got to witness rhinos in their natural habitat.
“I’ve been sorta showing through social media to all the people my age that these rhinos — like, the way that I saw them and the way that I think people my age see them, are these scary creatures that no one really wants to help or care [if] they’re even around,” she said on the trip. “But I want to show them, by posting these photos and videos, and show them that they are worth saving and they are these amazing creatures who are just trying to live life like everyone. And there’s no reason to kill them.”
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