Sailor Brinkley-Cook Admits She Has Body Dysmorphic Disorder – ‘I’ve Been So Down on Myself Recently’

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.

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“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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I’m so fucking sick and tired of the photoshop I’ve been so down on myself recently. Crying about my cellulite, letting the fat on my body ruin my day, getting mad that i’m not as skinny as i once was. The body dysmorphia and left over eating disorder tendencies have been coming in strong. As i come into myself as a young woman my body shifts and changes by the month, the “control” i felt i once had over it has been completely stripped away from me. Hormones, emotions, growing pains. I go on instagram and scroll through photos of girls that look “perfect”.. shiny skin with not a bump to be seen, tiny little waist and thighs that look like chopsticks. And i compare myself, as if how someone on an app on my phone looks should directly correlate to how I feel about my body? What I’ve learned is that I run every day. I go to the gym 6 times a week. I fuel my body with beautiful food. I am so fucking LUCKY to have two legs and a healthy body that takes me through life. I’m so tired of thinking anything that makes up ME is something to be ashamed of. So as most 21st century girls would do, I’m putting this out there on instagram. Declaring that I have cellulite, and a stomach that doesn’t always look “pleasant” (whatever the fuck that means) and I am 100% imperfect human. And I’m proud as hell of my body! If you’re out there hating on yourself, stop!! Appreciate yourself. You’re body is so magical. That’s all. Have a nice day.

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“I’ve been so down on myself recently,” Brinkley-Cook wrote. “Crying about my cellulite, letting the fat on my body ruin my day, getting mad that i’m not as skinny as i once was. The body dysmorphia and left over eating disorder tendencies have been coming in strong.”

In her post, she seemed to try to see that comparing herself to an image of someone else wasn’t entirely fair to herself.

“I go on instagram and scroll through photos of girls that look ‘perfect’..,” she writes, “shiny skin with not a bump to be seen, tiny little waist and thighs that look like chopsticks. And i compare myself, as if how someone on an app on my phone looks should directly correlate to how I feel about my body?”

Finally, Brinkley-Cook comes to the conclusion that appreciation of herself, as she is, is of supreme importance.

“I am so f*cking LUCKY to have two legs and a healthy body that takes me through life. . .,” she said. “So as most 21st century girls would do, I’m putting this out there on instagram. . . I’m proud as hell of my body! If you’re out there hating on yourself, stop!! Appreciate yourself. Your body is so magical. That’s all. Have a nice day.”

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