Christie Brinkley’s luminous smile has, during her 20 plus year tenure as a Cover Girl spokesmodel, no doubt helped to sell thousands of lipsticks. It is a signature feature that, in an industry where most models aren’t usually instructed to look cheery and smile-y in photographs (though over at Vitamin G, happy photos are welcome!), certainly set her apart. Brinkley recently revealed the secret behind her gorgeous grin. (Hint: It doesn’t have anything to do with whitener!)
Christie Brinkley in 1983, at the height of her popularity as a model.
“I think my smile was really my passport to success in the modeling industry,” Brinkley recently told the magazine Dear Doctor- Dentistry & Oral Health. In fact, she calls it her best beauty secret. “It’s instantly uplifting. Both for the face and the spirit! And today my theory has been scientifically proven, that a smile actually releases chemicals into our brain that makes us feel immediately happier.” And Brinkley, unlike some other stars, was born with those perfect pearly whites—“I lucked out and got my mom’s beautiful straight teeth. I never needed braces and I never got cavities. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want braces, because it seemed like the coolest kids had them. I wanted them so badly I would bend a paper clip and wear it like a retainer!” And, Brinkley’s perma-grin isn’t just good for her. It seems that the old saying, “smile and the world smiles with you,” might actually be true—according to a recent article in Time happiness is contagious.
So, do you think Miss Christie Brinkley has a killer smile? Are there other stars whose smiles you think are even more perfect? Would you, as Beth brought up recently, pay a lot to fix your smile? And, most importantly, what always manages to make you smile (Brinkley’s answer is Saturday Night Live)?
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by Fiorella Valdesolo