7. CHRISTIE BRINKLEY IN NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983)It’s not like Christie Brinkley needed the exposure of National Lampoon’s Vacation to cement her status as one of pop culture’s all-time great sex symbols. Prior to the movie’s 1983 release, Brinkley has appeared on the covers of multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s and was the face of cosmetics brand CoverGirl. She was already killing the game.
And then she had to go and skinny dip in the now-iconic Vacation scene, a short but sweet bit that catapulted her to the upper echelon of celebrity dreamgirls. First comes the white bikini, which perfectly complements her tan figure, and then that comes off and, like Chevy Chase, we’re left with jaws on the floor. To married men worldwide, it’s a scene of magical power.