What Former Supermodel Christie Brinkley Says About Turning 65 and Being Chosen for ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Christie Brinkley has graced the covers of countless magazines in her supermodel days, most notably the front of the iconic swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. As hard as it is to believe, Brinkley turned 65 in February yet still looks like she’s ready for her next photo shoot. Now preparing to battle in the ballroom on Dancing With The Stars, Brinkley l is more than ready to take on the highly physical challenge.

Christie Brinkley | Raymond Hall/GC Images

Think ‘spirit’ rather than ‘biology’

On February 2, Brinkley celebrated her milestone birthday of 65, though she looks at it from a different perspective. “Groundhog’s Day is my birthday, and I’ll be turning 50 for the 15th time,” she joked, according to People.

The former supermodel chooses to see her age from a spiritual level. “Everybody pays so much attention to your number,” Brinkley said. “I like to say, ‘That’s just my biological age, but my spirit age is totally different.’ Your spiritual age comes from everything about you, not just this assigned number because that’s how long you’ve been around, kicking around this crazy old world… It’s what you’ve gathered and how you move and your point of view, your enthusiasm, your gratitude, your appreciation. It’s your energy, your aura and that’s your true age. Not that other arbitrary number.”

What helps her stay young

Brinkley also has some practical tips for looking and feeling so young, starting with maintaining a vegetarian diet. “When I was 13, I decided I didn’t want to hurt animals and I’ve been reaping the good karma of that ever since. I wholeheartedly recommend that you consider that. It’s good for the planet, it’s great for your body,” she told People. “I also think that it’s really important to go organic; again, great for the planet, great for our bodies. We’re surrounded with so many chemicals, so I think it’s really, really imperative that we look for organic products. And the more we do that it’ll drop down the prices and make it more affordable for everybody.”

The Dancing With The Stars competitor has a few other secrets from the fountain of youth. As a representative of the pharmaceutical company and spokesperson for the noninvasive ultrasound wrinkle-reducing procedure Ultherapy, Brinkley uses the treatments herself, along with the injectable Xeomin for her frown lines, as reported by People.

Most importantly, she focuses on enjoying and savoring special moments in life. “Lots of laughter. When in doubt, smile. Always. That’s the best thing you can put on your face,” Brinkley said. “We can all agree that it’s pretty stressful out there, and the one thing that everyone woman I know has in common-we all have a full plate. With that kind of climate, it is more and more important for us to find moments to stop and celebrate and take it all in.”

Her new challenge

Brinkley is gearing up to compete in season 28 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, despite admitting her lack of skills in the ballroom. “I’m so excited! I think it’s going to be so fun,” she said, according to AOL. “I literally don’t know how to dance. Seriously, it’s true… I really don’t have the moves. So I’m really excited to learn with the pros. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me.”

She had some words of wisdom for her yet-to-be-announced dancing partner. “I think whoever I get has his work cut out for him,” Brinkley said. “I think they need to give me a really good one because I need a lot of work… All of the dancers on the show are incredible, really amazing.”

Fans can see Brinkley in action when ABC’s Dancing With The Stars premieres on September 16!