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Brinkley first gained worldwide fame with her appearances in the late-1970s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She spent 25 years as the face of CoverGirl, has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands — both fashion and non-fashion. So she has arguably the most name recognition of any contestant this season.
She has also appeared in several music videos for songs by her second husband, Billy Joel,