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.
Alexa Christie Insecure
She's dealt with insecurity about her looks, like her mom.
"I was so insecure about [being the daughter of a supermodel] when I was a teenager," Joel told 20/20 in 2010. "I was like, 'I'm just the weird brunette girl, don't look at me, you'll look at Mom anyways.' I was a really late bloomer. And so I didn't feel pretty or anything until, maybe like 20." Surprisingly, even Christie dealt with teenage insecurity. "How many years ago, I was that insecure girl? And hoping that I would be good enough for Sports Illustrated?" Christie said. "So, to see my daughters having the same thoughts that I had and be able to see them [modeling] is definitely a big moment."
Alexa Ray Joel Singing
She sings, just like her dad.
Is it really all that surprising that the daughter of a musical legend has some melodic chops herself? Her singing voice is stunning. Just check out her belting it out to "Les Misérables"
Alexa Ray Swimsuit
She appeared in Sports Illustrated, just like her mom did in 1979.
She posed in the magazine alongside her mom and half-sister, Sailor Brinkley Cook. "It was my first time posing in a bathing suit, and [that was] something I NEVER imagined I’d ever be doing," she said in 2017. "Mom was so unconditionally loving and encouraging about it all. She’s always calling me her ‘little muse,’ and her ‘delicate flower.’ She’s always looking out for me."
Prell Alexa Commercial
She was a spokesperson for Prell shampoo, just like her mom.
Back in 2010, she appeared in the commercial where she showed off her hair-swinging skills. Her mom was the face of Prell back in 1986. “It was Prell’s idea,” Alexa said in 2010. “It’s kind of cool to carry on the family tradition.”
Alexa Ray Billy Joel Festival
She performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, just like her dad.
She played there in 2007, a few years before her dad headlined the event in 2015.
Alexa Ray Runway
She walked the runway during New York Fashion Week, like her mom.
The gorgeous singer-songwriter showed off her modeling skills in 2015 when she walked for Macy's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection.
Alexa Ray Christie Selfie
She's admitted to having plastic surgery, just like her mom.
She admitted to having a nose job in 2010. “I could talk about my new nose all day," Alexa said at the time. "There’s no great shame in having your nose fixed." Christie has admitted to having minor procedures like fillers done.
Alexa Ray Joel Piano
She plays the piano, like her dad.
Just like her "Piano Man" dad, Alexa can play just as well, and she even has a grand piano that's the focal point of her New York apartment.
Alexa Ray Billy Joel 2
She's a songwriter, like her dad.
She not only sings and plays the piano, she also writes her own music, which she's been doing since she was a teen. "I was a painfully shy, awkward teenager," she said. "Terrified of boys, had a lot of social anxiety. My hideout was to go to the piano and work on music.
Alexa Ray Apartment
Alexa Billy Together
She composes music the same way as her dad.
Although most musicians create songs by writing it first and then constructing the melody, Billy does it the "backwards" way — and so does Alexa. "It's no wonder I write music in the same way [my father] does," she said. "Melody first, and lyrics second!"