Model Christie Brinkley celebrates the 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue's 50th anniversary on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. Brinkley turns 60 on Feb. 2. Dan Steinberg, AP
(USA TODAY) -- Christie Brinkley turns the big 6-0 on Feb. 2 and she isn't dreading it. Far from it.
"I'm actually excited about turning 60," Brinkley tells People mag. "I feel on top of my game."
And it's only fitting that the Sports Illustrated three-time swimsuit issue cover girl is posing in a swimsuit. But note that it's not a bikini.
"My kids would be so embarrassed!" she says. "In private I may wear a bikini, but at the public beach with my kids I would change bathing suits because they do not want to be hanging out with some old broad in a bikini."
And it's those kids -- musician Alexa Ray Joel, 28, college freshman Jack Brinkley-Cook, 18, and up-and-coming model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 15 -- that have helped her maintain a healthy lifestyle, she says, after four divorces, including a nasty, public divorce with architect Peter Cook in 2008.
"Because I'm an older mom, I have a responsibility to my kids as well as myself," she says. "I want to be there for them."
Brinkley, a vegetarian since she was 13, also chatted with Entertainment Tonight about her life these days. When asked by Nancy O'Dell to describe the men who want to date her, Brinkley said, "It seems like during this period that most of the guys are like 38, 39, 42, like that sort of age group. It's funny because I think that at that age they have nothing to prove. They're very confident and they just do what they want to do. [With] men my age I feel quite invisible to them."
Brinkley goes on to explain that although she is willing to date younger she does have a stipulation stating, "I think a ten year span is fine."
And as for plastic surgery? While she'd "never say never" to plastic surgery, reports E!, Brinkley thinks "there are so many other noninvasive choices that address sagging, wrinkling and discoloration." For this reason, she goes to her dermatologist "about once a month" for "special facials," explaining, "I like modern-technology stuff."
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