We've been closely watching the career of model Sailor Brinkley Cook — the 18-year-old daughter of Christie Brinkley who's signed with mega-agency IMG and has a star-making smile — alongside fellow celebrity progeny like Kaia and Presley Gerber, Hailey Baldwin, Dylan Penn and Lottie Moss. And like many of them, Cook, who just moved to New York City to attend Parsons (and, presumably, to work on building her modeling portfolio), has been subject to plenty of scrutiny regarding her looks and privilege — something that's only exacerbated in the age of Instagram.
Like Gigi Hadid before her, Cook took to the social media platform on Wednesday to finally take a stand against internet trolls, specifically those who relentlessly compare her to her mother and say that she'll never amount to much scholastically. She wrote:
"First of all- everyone needs to stop putting me and my siblings and me and my mother in competition. I believe comparison will kill you. 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 ? Let alone not as 'pretty' as my own blood relatives?
Secondly- Pushing down the school i worked my ass off for 4 years to get into, saying its for do-nothing trust fund babies, is not only stereotyping a scholastic community but is just plain incorrect and rude! I know many kids enrolled in Parsons who are the most hard working and passionate students in all of new york.
And lastly.. The subject i have been meaning to touch on publicly for years- stop. comparing. me. to. my. mother. Believe it or not I am my own person with my own beliefs and own thoughts and my own face! Eyes smile teeth forehead! All mine! The whole shabang! Yes i am so fortunate that my mother is my mother.. And she will always be an inspiration to me... But being constantly compared to her 50+ years of success at only 18 years old? And being told I could never amount to what she was and what she looks like? Doesn't feel great. I just will never understand these people who WANT to make me feel badly, who WANT to tell an 18 year old girl she cant follow her dreams because if she does she WONT BE AS GOOD AS HER MOM WAS.
I'm just a person figuring out what i want to do and what makes me happy.
Leave me alone."
Sure, it's never easy to be a teenage girl, but growing up in the public eye certainly adds layers to the criticism celebrities (and their children) face. We applaud Cook for speaking out — hopefully it will encourage other young women to do the same. You go, girl.