What is your full name?
Brittany McKey Sullivan
How long have you been modeling?
On and off for the last 5 years.
What has the progression experience been like as a model?
Well, sometimes I didn’t do anything. I was a hair model for a couple years when I was in college and now after doing the show (America’s Next Top Model/ANTM), everything seems to be going pretty well! There’ve been ups and downs but that’s just the industry.
What was the America’s Next Top Model experience like?
For me, it was definitely a great experience. It was extremely stressful though, the entire time I was there I was depressed (giggles). The first couple of weeks I had to get used to all the cameras being around ALL THE TIME! But after a while you pretty much don’t even recognize them anymore! I was really focused, so ALL my energy went into getting a little better every week and not being in the bottom two (smiles). I wouldn’t focus on winning because I think that distracts you in a way. It’s really difficult living with so many girls. You’re always around each other, bickering but… humans are adaptable, so I adapted. It was good but I don’t think that I could do it again (chuckles).
At the G Star Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Hammerstein Ballroom on February 17, 2009 in New York City.
So, what are you doing now in life?
I just moved to Paris. I’m taking some classes there and I’ve been there for about 3 weeks now and when I get back there, I’m gonna be looking for some agencies. I didn’t want to just go as soon as I got there and be totally clueless so I decided to wait a while to feel out the city (smiles). My agency (Elite Model Management) is in Chicago and New York and they have an affiliate in Paris, so… I’d probably be going with them but I’m not sure yet (smiles).
At this year's Absolute Caribbean Fashion Weekend in Barbados, where she ripped the runway and conducted a modeling workshop.
What has your experience been like in Barbados?
It’s very cool!! (smiles brightly) (chuckles) Not only am I in a tropical place with very nice people, but I get to see what fashion’s like in other parts of the world where it isn’t like a big fashion centrral. The models are much nicer even if they don’t know much about the industry, they’re not at all catty and moody like (using fingers as claws and making a funny face) RARRR!! (LAUGHS) Like how those in New York and Paris are. The designers are VERY talented and you get to see things that arn’t scripted, you get to see the rawness. And that’s a good thing.
How do you handle the ‘cattyness’ from the other models internationally?
Well, alot of them arn’t very nice, especially behind the scenes, the interviews and confessions (on ANTM). All the ‘cattyness’ gets hard during the show but you would have noticed that in the show, I just went cooking and kind of ignored them (laughs). Alot of them are VERY competitive and are really mean to you but I just don’t understand how being mean is going to help your chances but it seems to be what they think!… (sigh) I just ignore (smiles).
How did you get into modeling from being a kick-boxer and martial artist?
Well, I did mixed martial arts and what actually got me into modeling was a really bad soccer accident. I had to get 3 knee surgeries and therefore modeling went pretty well with that (chuckles) because you can’t exercise too much or you’ll get too big or masculins-looking then you won’t be able to fit into the clothes so… I’m doing great! (laughs).
What is you main goal in modeling?
Hmm.. To push myself as far as I can! Do my best, then move on with my life. and do something else because I just want to be the person I am when I wake up every morning and when I go to bed every night, to feel like I’ve done something with my life. So, if modeling ever stops feeling like that for me then I won’t do it anymore.
What do you see yourself doign after your modeling career?
I would like to be a doctor, a neonatal surgeon…… (silence) (McKey laughs)
Okay.. When you were in college, what did you study?
Law, Chemistry, Biology and Government & Politics. (long pause)
So, what’s it liek being a CoverGirl® ?
It’s excellent!! CoverGirl® is a wonderful company, they’re very good to me (smiles). It helps me to do alot of things like the Make A Wish Foundation. It makes me feel good about myself.
McKey's CoverGirl® ad
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m not particularly into fashion. I like clothes, but I don’t like shopping. I liek tiemless things, I’m not very trendy. I’d say I’m vintage, very vintage. I’m a medieval first lady (laughs).
How would you describe McKey/Brittany? … the person, not the model.
hmmm… I guess I’m just kinda lame! (laughs) I’m boring, I like to play with the dogs, I looooooove animals, I love going for walks, I love playing sports, I love cooking… I’m you’re average woman, home in her pajamas. (laughs) I don’t do crazy things, I don’t party alot….. I’M LAME! (laughs).
So, who are you wearing?
Uh…. Target (laughs)
What is your advice for aspiring models around the world?
Be organized, polite, don’t get in your head that you’re above anything, because you’re not! Remind yourself that you need to think of this like a business person. Learn how to take criticism, and you have to stay strong in who you are as a person to do so. Realize that you aren’t done growing as a person and you’re not done changing. Keep pushing because if modeling is what you really want, THEN PUSH!