Christie Brinkley didn’t dream of becoming a supermodel. In fact, she was hesitant to abandon her career as an illustrator. But that all changed after she caught the attention of American photographer on the streets of Paris. She decided to embrace the industry and the rest was history. She covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three consecutive times (1979-1981) and starred in national campaigns for Chanel Beauty and Cover Girl. She also had a high-profile relationship with Billy Joel, in which time she inspired his famous song, "Uptown Girl."