Christie Brinkley rose to prominence as a model, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years (1979, 1980, and 1981). Her all-American looks, blonde hair, and radiant smile made her a highly sought-after model during that time. Recently, the accomplished model shared a throwback photo of her toned body on Instagram to celebrate America's Independence Day. In the captivating snapshot, the 69-year-old exuded confidence while striking a pose in a ruffled one-shoulder swimsuit adorned with the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue, which she completed with stylish red stilettos and donned a hat featuring a flag pattern. It appears to be a throwback photo from her peak modeling days. Christie Brinkley shares American Independence Day celebration post View this post on Instagram A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) In the throwback photo, the mother of three showcased her balance and poise standing on one leg with the other knee gracefully raised in the air. Also, in a bid to showcase patriotism, Brinkley made a salute-like gesture by raising her hand to her forehead while simultaneously clutching a sparkler in her other hand. RELATED: 69-Year-Old Christie Brinkley Slammed For ‘Terrible’ Fillers In New Photo “Happy 4th of July,” Brinkley captioned the post. “Let Freedom Ring!❤️, PS This series was from @nymag.” 20 September 2019 - Los Angeles, California - Christie Brinkley. The 2019 Daytime Beauty Awards held at Taglyan Complex. Photo Credit: FSadou/AdMedia Fans react to Christie Brinkley's Independence Day post The comment section of the post was filled with enthusiastic fans of the model, who expressed their sheer delight and admiration for the exquisite pictures. “This is a fantastic picture. I’ve never seen it before,” a fan wrote. “Happy 4th✌️.” “I remember that picture,” another fan said. “You were my favorite model." Photo by: Patricia Schlein/starmaxinc.comSTAR MAX2017ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDTelephone/Fax: (212) 995-11962/16/17Christie Brinkley at The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Launch Event.(NYC) “Stunning! You are a shining example of American beauty!” an Instagram user wrote. “Happy Independence Day! The original American Beauty ❤️,” a fourth fan said. Brinkley's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, also commented on her mom's photo. “Yowza‼️ ✨,” she wrote.