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Alexa Ray Joel Has Inherited Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel’s Many Talents

Although she’s an accomplished singer-songwriter on her own right, Alexa Ray Joel is still best known for being the stunning spawn of supermodel Christie Brinkley and musician Billy Joel. Alexa has admitted in the past that growing up in the shadows of such famous parents was hard for her. “It took me a minute — being the daughter of such iconic figures, it took some growing into,” she explained on TODAY in 2013. “You’re exposed to the spotlight at such a young age and that, of course, can be challenging… But I made it through.”

She attributes her love of music for helping her through many of her past struggles, particularly during her teenage years. “I was a late bloomer, and I was painfully shy,” she said in the same interview. “I don’t know why I just decided to go into performing, because I am such an introvert at my core. (But) music has always been my solace and always been my … where I go to. It’s pulled me through everything, saved me.” And although she’s asked her dad for help with her music in the past, she says she’s learned how to do things on her own terms. “I did ask him for his advice initially, and then — because he knows he’s good, he knows he’s amazing at what he does — he wanted me to do it his way,” she said. “I said, ‘Dad, then it would be just like your song. I have to redo it and make it my own.’ And then he went, ‘Oh, that’s pretty good!'”

Today, the 31-year-old is successfully making a name for herself all on her own. However, she still shares many similarities with her superstar parents. Below, 11 ways the stunning singer is just like her famous mother and father.

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