Christie Brinkley to Model Daughter Sailor: Ignore the Haters

07/15/2013 at 11:45 AM ET

Christie Brinkley daughter model Jerritt Clark/Wireimage

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.

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“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.”

Tell us: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from your mom?

–K.C. Baker

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Mark C. Potts on

Christie is a sweetheart. Sadly she has had her share of haters over the years. But through it all she has such a positive loving spirit for anyone she comes in contact with, I witnessed this personally with a sidewalk sweeper. She’s a good guide for Sailor and all of her now grown-up children, allowing them to grow with their own talents but watching out for them too. Best wishes Sailor!

fanofboardwalkempire on

I really like Christie’s advice to Sailor and find what she said to be very true. Wishing Sailor all the best of luck with her modeling career.

Surf City on

I just don’t understand why none of these beautiful, privileged, young women aspire to be anything other then a model. Just because you’re mom did it does not mean you can’t find your own calling.

Katie on

Teens will always have people who hate them either because they are attractive, smart, or other reason. Teens need to learn to stand up for themselves and not change to impress someone. If someone wants you to change or they won’t be friends with you, then they aren’t worth the time to change for. Be yourself and be happy.

Nic on

I really wish people would stop using the word ‘haters’. It’s SO overplayed.

ProudAmericanWoman on

I agree with @SurfCity. Do none of them want to be, say a doctor, an accountant, a writer, a banker, a photographer, a painter, a realtor, a homemaker, a whatever? It’s seems like always doing what the parents do.

Sarah on

And what should she aim for? A doctor who no longer will be available to live a decent life thanks to the new Obama health care bill. Or a lawyer who gets child killers off. Or a businesswoman who can no longer afford to stay in business now that she is forced to comply with the new Obama regulations. Tell me again what she should be aiming for again b/c the future as we know it is nothing to brag about.

Sarah on

Then you can do yourself a favor and not click on a link that clearly states hater in its title.

kw on

I don’t hate her….I just think she’s an average looking girl that got her break because of who her mother is.

Nic on

Reallyyyyyy, Sarah?!? I hadn’t noticed that. Thanks for the heads up. SMH

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