Christie Brinkley’s daughter is moving into college and trying to move on.
Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 18, is firing back at Internet trolls who commented on an article depicting a photo of the teen and her supermodel mom in matching overalls moving Sailor into college.
Brinkley-Cook, who is starting her freshman year at New York’s Parsons School of Design, posted a screen grab of the offensive comments—many of which concerned her appearance—on her Instagram accompanied by a lengthy caption.
“Everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition,” Brinkley-Cook wrote. “Comparison to others is toxic and unhealthy. As long as I am happy healthy and kind to others why should I care if I am not as 'pretty' as someone else.”
Brinkley-Cook said her mother serves as an inspiration, but the constant comparisons between her and her mother can be hurtful, especially at a young age.
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“I'm just a person figuring out what I want to do and what makes me happy,” she wrote. “My one wish is that these people can get off their computers, go chase a sunset, kiss someone they love, pursue one of their dreams and STOP making an 18 year old girl feel constantly inferior and hurt.”
On Thursday Brinkley posted a video of Sailor on her Instagram telling Internet users to harness the power of social media and smart phones for good.
Let's all choose to use this machine to make the world a kinder more beautiful place," Brinkley wrote. "Let's choose to create beauty, through mutual respect, compassion and love.”
The song “Mean” by Brinkley’s ex-boyfriend John Mellencamp can be heard in the background of the video and in the caption Brinkley commends her daughter for speaking out.
“Bravo @sailorbrinkleycook sometimes when we stand up for ourselves, we are standing up for each other,” she wrote.