Sailor Brinkley-Cook Admits She Has Body Dysmorphic Disorder

As the daughter of Christie Brinkley, one of the most iconic models of our time, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, as a model now herself, is breathtakingly as beautiful as her mother at her age.

The younger Brinkley bravely opened up recently about her struggles with body image, specifically with body dysmorphic disorder. It’s not an easy feat when one’s parent is so famous.

Sailor Brinkley-Cook and her mother, Christie Brinkley
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and her mother, Christie Brinkley | John Lamparski/WireImage

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Brinkley-Cook has opened up before

This isn’t the first time that Brinkley-Cook has shared on social media about her body image issues. While a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, the 21-year-old spoke openly about feelings of general insecurity with herself. As the daughter of a famous parent, it’s unusual – and refreshing – to see that level of emotional transparency.

“I grew up very insecure,” Brinkley-Cook told Us Weekly in 2019. “I grew up very doubtful of myself in a lot of ways and I went into modeling, which is, like, not — I don’t want to say that — it’s the most challenging thing to take on as someone who is quite insecure. But you know, you find your way in it, you find your groove in it, and I ended up loving it.”

Her career as a model, like her mom

As Brinkley-Cook stated, she’s gone into the family business of modeling just like her mom before her. Her mother, Christie Brinkley, still looks easily ten to even twenty years younger than her 66 years of age.

Like a child of a famous musician or actor, the constant comparisons Sailor endures to her mother can be ruthless. The Parsons School of Design graduate lives with Christie’s accomplishments as both a standard to work toward and a shadow that looms over her. Sailor has been honest about her mother’s fame serving as a springboard for her into modeling, but draws the line there.

“You know, I always say that someone can open a door for you, someone can open a door for you but it’s you who has to keep it open,” she continued in her conversation with Us. “At the end of the day, no one cares who your parents are. No one cares where you come from. It’s about the work that you put in and the attitude that you bring forward.”

Brinkley-Cook reveals her struggle with body dysmorphic disorder

Brinkley-Cook shared openly on her Instagram account about her struggles with what she refers to as “the body dysmorphia and left over eating disorder tendencies.”

Body dysmorphia, according to the American Psychological Association, is “a pathological preoccupation with an imagined or slight physical defect of one’s body to the point of causing significant stress or behavioral impairment in several areas.”

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