Birth Date: July 11, 1987
Birth Place: Charlotte, North Carolina
Height: 5' 9 "
"It's like a dream," "It's one of those things where it's not something you hope for, because it's too unrealistic to want that."
Brooklyn Decker, or Brooke, is a 19 year old American model from Charlotte, North Carolina, currently living in New York, New York. She has appeared in the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, FHM, Glamour, Elle Girl, Delia’s, and Spin, along with many other magazines. She has also been featured in Victoria’s Secret and JC Penny catalogs and a 2005 winter campaign with Hollister. In 2003, she won Model of the Year at Connections Model and Talent Convention. She is also a devoted fan of the Carolina Panthers and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels.
Brooklyn’s eyes are Blue, she was born in 1987, and her hair is Blonde. She is 5' 9" (175 cm tall). Her measurements are 34-24-34 (US) or 86.5-61-86.5 (EU). Her dress size is a 4 (US) or 34 (EU).
She's modeled for Cosmopolitan, Victoria's Secret and American Eagle, but for Brooklyn Decker of Matthews, the peak of her career comes today when the Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition hits newsstands.
The annual issue is modeling's most coveted editorial job and reaches more than 64 million adults. And the 18-year-old Decker is among the bevy of beauties photographed in swimwear in exotic locales (she went to Cartagena, Colombia).
Past posers include the super-est of supermodels -- Gisele, Heidi, Tyra, Cindy, Naomi, Christie, etc. Then there're the special appearances (such as the Super Bowl party with Kid Rock on Feb. 4), videos, calendars and more.
Today, Decker will take part in multiple media appearances and, tonight, she'll hit an SI bash at Crobar in snow-laden New York City. Her date will be her dad, Stephen.
"It's like a dream," said Decker in a Feb. 7 interview at the offices of Marilyn Agency, her New York agency. "It's one of those things where it's not something you hope for, because it's too unrealistic to want that."
In January, Decker graced pages of Victoria's Secret swim preview catalog, another plum modeling gig.
And in the last three years, she's been in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Teen Vogue, ELLE Girl, Seventeen, FHM and Nylon. And in ad campaigns for American Eagle and Hollister.
When she got to New York, her agency said SI wanted to meet her. "I said give me three weeks to hit the gym and eat really healthy," Decker said. She worked out for two hours daily.
"The agency told me they're probably going to put you in a bathing suit, they'll put you on film, take Polaroids and talk with you," Decker said.
Turns out she didn't even have to put on a swimsuit. Dressed in a skirt, jacket and a Carolina blue tank top, she headed to the audition. The SI team looked at her portfolio and chatted with her briefly. "Then they said `Thank you. That's it,' " she said.
After she left, she called the Marilyn Agency. " `I don't think it went well. I don't think I booked it.' But at the same time, I knew I was only 18 and had a few more years."
Later that day, she got lost on her way to another audition. When she called the agency for help, they said, "Get back to the agency now!" When she returned, her agent told her that her parents were on the phone and then he gave her this news: " `The bad thing about getting booked for Sports Illustrated is that you're not allowed to tell anyone.' " She burst into tears.
"I just got lucky with Sports Illustrated," she said. "There are many jobs when I go in and they're just like `Eh' and they kind of brush me away. That's OK. That's part of the job. I'm happy that the people who did love me were from SI."
The day before leaving for the SI shoot in Colombia, her agency called to say Victoria's Secret wanted to book her for the swim preview catalog. She needed to go to Antigua and Barbuda first before going to the SI job.
"So, there I was shooting Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated in the matter of one week," Decker said. "I was completely outside myself that whole week. I would pray and I would say `Lord, is this really happening or am I in a big dream?' "
The `It' Factor
Growing up, Decker said she wanted to be an actress or a veterinarian ("That's because my parents are big animal lovers. We have four dogs and a cat.")In the eighth grade, a substitute teacher suggested that Decker check out a modeling/self-esteem building class taught by Debra Kennedy, a former beauty queen.
Kennedy was among the first to notice the teen's star potential. "In a room full of young ladies, Brooklyn commanded attention," Kennedy said. "She was so grounded and focused, not like most of the other 13-year-olds attending. ... I knew she was either going to be a model or a politician."
Scott Cooper, owner of Charlotte's Evolution Models and Talent, also spotted Decker's "it" factor. He was so wowed the first day he met Decker and her mom, Tessa, that he broke an agent's cardinal rule. "I told her that she was going to be a super model and that I was going to make sure that it happened," Cooper said. "This is something that agents never say because we can never guarantee anything."
Decker credits her family and friends with keeping her grounded and sane when stress and New York's fast pace get to her. "They don't take this modeling too seriously," she said. "They'll call and say if you want to come home, come home. Your room is ready."
And when she is at home, her 16-year-old brother, Jordan, keeps her in check with plenty of jokes and jibes.
The model still dates her high school sweetheart, Ryan Dunham, who is a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. They met in elementary school.
Her family went to New York over the weekend. They got to see her East Village apartment. Decker said she'll see Dunham in a few weeks after the SI hoopla dies down a little.
And her big dream now? To be a household name one day. "Like a Heidi Klum or a Marissa Miller or anyone of those girls," Decker said. "I want to travel the world, make some money and meet some amazing people and experience all of this that there is to experience because it's not something you get to do everyday."
Bits About Brooklyn
Here are some things you might want to know about Brooklyn Decker, an 18-year-old from Matthews.
•MEASUREMENTS: She's 5-foot-10. Bust: 34; waist: 24; hips: 34. She wears a size 9 shoe.
•FIRST JOB IN CHARLOTTE: Modeling prom dresses at age 15 for the House of Mauri Simone, a Charlotte-based company. The ad ran in Your Prom magazine. "It was so cool because everybody at school had a copy," says Decker.
•FIRST JOBS IN NEW YORK: Teen Vogue and Seventeen.
•SITE OF FIRST NEW YORK PHOTO SHOOT: Appropriately, Brooklyn.
•MOST CHALLENGING? "The biggest challenge is keeping my head on my shoulders.... There are a lot of things girls can get sucked into in this lifestyle. You have to stay away from it. I remove myself from that. I think that's with any business, though. ... Actually, the biggest challenge is not refusing it but seeing people I know get sucked into everything from the temptations to weight problems."
•WEIGHTY MATTERS: "Thankfully, I have good genes ... but there's pressure to not gain weight because it's my job. It's tough at times because I'm a girl that loves candy." She's fond of Skittles, Starbursts and Sour Patch Kids.
•WHEN SHE COMES HOME, YOU MIGHT SEE HER AT: "On the Border and Chick-fil-A. They don't have that here. Every time I go home, I have to have a chicken sandwich."
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