Christie Brinkley is celebrating her new hip.The 66-year-old model revealed on Instagram she got a hip replacement after years of being in pain fol
Christie Brinkley is celebrating her new hip.
The 66-year-old model revealed on Instagram she got a hip replacement after years of being in pain following a helicopter crash.
“New Year, New Hip! Yes that’s a band aid on my hip,” Brinkley wrote next to a series of photos of herself snorkeling. “I injured my hip in a back country skiing helicopter crash on a mountaintop in Telluride many years ago.
“The pain in my hip got a little bit worse each year. 12 years ago I was told it needed to be replaced but the surgery was daunting!” she explained.
“And I had things to do! But quarantine put a damper on any plans so I decided to finally take time for myself and do something about the pain that had progressively influenced my decisions. I wanted to be ready to be able to say yes to opportunity. I had my surgery at Thanksgiving and I was dancing in my kitchen by New Years Eve,” Brinkley added.
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Brinkley then encouraged her followers to stay on top of their health and listen to their bodies.
“If you’ve been putting something off that could improve your well-being but hesitate out of some sort of fear, I suggest learning as much as you can about the process and the results and expectations,” she said.
“Never [too] old to get hip! 😜” the stunner joked.
Brinkley was in a helicopter crash in 1994 while on a ski vacation in Telluride, Colo. Luckily, she wasn’t severely injured and everyone survived.
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“We just dropped,” she recalled to People magazine back in 1994. “All of a sudden it was like someone cut the cords to the elevator, like the mountain was sucking us in, zooming into us. And I remember thinking, ‘Oh, my god, this is really happening. This is not a movie effect. This is not a special effect. This is not a ride in Disney World.’”