Christie Brinkley has one of advice for her daughter, Sailor, now that she is following in her mother’s model footsteps: Ignore the haters.
Sailor, 15, is currently featured in Teen Vogue and shares the cover of the July/August issue of Bella NYC with her supermodel mom. She’s also modeling the new One Direction collection for Claire’s fall campaign.
“It’s really amazing because my daughter Sailor, and my daughter Alexa, are both what you call late bloomers, I guess,” the proud mama told PEOPLE at the July 13 Ladies Luxury Luncheon, hosted at Jill Zarin’s Southampton estate. (The event benefited the Eric Trump Foundation, which will donate a portion of proceeds to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.)
But as Brinkley knows better than most, fame can also come with a nasty sting. (Her marriage to her fourth husband, architect Peter Cook, ended in a highly publicized 2008 divorce, which was later followed by an acrimonious custody battle.)
“I tell all my kids: When you achieve any level of success in your life, no matter what it is … if they reach a place where they are written about in the papers, it will come with the haters,” she said. “It is just a part of what is happening today.”
“You have to prepare them for that aspect of it,” she continued. “The way to do that is you have to have lots of interests in your life and lots of passions and involvement with causes and giving back.”
Her parting thought for her up-and-coming model daughter? “All you can have is pity for the person who spends all day writing [negative things] and you certainly can’t take it personally,” she said. “It’s a universal issue. It’s not just aimed at you. Everyone from everywhere is affected by this.”
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