Christie Brinkley, 59, gets back into a bathing suit

Former supermodel Christie Brinkley poses for Social Life magazine. Social Life magazine
Looking good: Former supermodel Christie Brinkley poses for Social Life magazine.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it — and at age 59, Christie Brinkley certainly still has it.

The former supermodel, once a Sports Illustrated icon, has returned to her swimwear roots, donning a sexy bathing suit for the May issue of Social Life magazine. It sure has been a while: Brinkley hasn’t posed in a two-piece in nearly 30 years. (Who cares that her swimwear now looks more like a Catwoman suit made of pantyhose? She still looks great.)

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Christie Brinkley, wearing Escada, poses in her Hamptons home.

Brinkley, who now resides in the Hamptons, told the magazine that these days she prefers being the photographer to the one being photographed. On her Instagram account, that is.

"I am newly addicted to Instagram," she said. "I find when I walk with a camera in my hand, I am extra alert and attuned to all the extraordinary beauty that abounds, from the smallest detail of a powdery pistil in a flower to the texture of the sky."

Blast from the past: Christie Brinkley poses in a bikini swimsuit from "National Lampoon's Vacation" in1983. Getty Images
Blast from the past: Christie Brinkley poses in a bikini in "National Lampoon's Vacation",1983.

In the last few years, Brinkley has been in the news more for her personal life than for her work with a camera. Last year, the model publicly addressed her ongoing legal and child custody battles with her ex-husband, Peter Cook, who admitted to an extramarital affair with a 17-year-old.

"I just want peace,” an emotional Brinkley told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in May 2012. “And every time I have any joy or any kind of success in anything, he has to try to destroy it."

In June 2012, the feuding couple finally reached a settlement over their two children. Brinkley was also previously married to musician Billy Joel, with whom she has a daughter.

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