Naturally, it was a bad editing job — but the fail is actually hilarious.
Can you spot the Photoshop fail in a sea of perfection?
That's right. Look closer at Brinkley's feet. The model is literally standing on water.
When the Sports Illustrated team selected this photo of Brinkley posing in her black mesh swimsuit, they didn't take into consideration that her daughters are clearly in knee-deep water.
Brinkley is standing right next to the girls, but the ocean water barely reaches the top of her foot.
As much as we'd all like to believe that Brinkley has supernatural abilities, it turns out the model was simply standing on an apple crate.
But I have to say, seeing the iconic Christie Brinkley back in Sports Illustrated at the age of 63 is still pretty much a religious experience.