Brittany Oldehoff joined Shoot The Centerfold seminar/workshop team as a model last October. Despite the fact it occurred a few months ago, photographers are still buzzing about Brittany and wondering if she’s available for shoots (as if she was going to fade into the walls or something). Nothing could be further from the truth. Brittany is still very active and in demand and she recently consented to do a small interview for us.
In a world where sex-bomb good looks are a dime a dozen, there’s something special about Brittany that sets her apart. Don’t take our word for it; GQ Magazine (SA) put her and her 34-24-34 figure on the cover. If the pics don’t do anything for you, then I have the number of a good mortician for you because if she doesn’t get you going, you’re probably dead and don’t know it.
There’s something special about Brittany. Even thought she has the beauty of a supermodel, she also has the personality of someone who’s down to earth; very friendly, very outgoing. A professional in every sense of the word, Brittany is a pleasure to work with in any situation.
Let’s find out a bit more about Brittany and have her tell us about what she’s been up to since the seminar and what’s coming up for her.
STC: It was truly a pleasure for us to have you join our last seminar. Was it your first event of this kind? What was it like posing for so many photographers at one time? It must have been strenuous, but quite a challenge, right?
Brittany: It definitely was my first time doing anything like that! It was nice to meet so many people, some of whom already knew who I was. That was quite flattering. It was a major challenge for my body! I lost the feeling in 3 toes for almost 2 weeks!
STC: We know you’re a true Florida girl, having been born in Ft. Lauderdale and now living in Miami. What do you like best about living in Florida?
Brittany: The beach obviously! Whenever I go to NYC during the summer I feel so dark and calm. Florida is sunny and lively!
STC: Modeling seems to come naturally for you. After seeing you in action at our seminar, it’s obvious you have quite a bit of experience in the industry. What do you like best about modeling?
Brittany: Traveling! I get to visit so many random places that I would have never gone to if I had another type of job.
STC: You got started in modeling at a young age, so you must have learned a lot since then. Can you give us some do’s and don’ts for models?
Brittany: Do: Show up on time! The clock starts when you arrive. If your 10 mins late, plan to stay 10 minutes after your time is up. Do: Work out, drink less alcohol, and eat right! The client will always book the girl who looks like she has it together. I promise you. Don’t: party all the time! People talk. You may think it’s fun 3-4 nights out of the week, but your face looks dehydrated and everyone in the industry is talking about your problem. Harsh truth.
STC: if you could go back and start all over again in modeling, what would you do different?
Brittany: I would have have convinced my mother to let me start at age 12 instead of 17. With those 5 extra years under my belt, who knows where I could be right now.
STC: What about photographers? Can you give them any advice? Two questions; What’s the best thing a photographer can do? The worst?
Brittany: advice: don’t make us feel uncomfortable, you will never get your shot, and if the model has a mouth, he/she will address the issue, making you feel extremely awkward. The best thing: play music! It relaxes the models, plus modeling is a form of dance. the worst thing: making us uncomfortable, I.e. hitting on us, inappropriately touching us, insulting us, etc.
STC: You are a fashion model with a sex appeal, which gives you an advantage over other fashion models. In which world do you feel more comfortable, fashion or glamour? Or, is it about the same? After looking at your GQ cover, it’s very apparent that you let your sexuality shine through.
Brittany: Definitely the sexier/ glamour side. I have gotten so used to it, and I feel it suits my bubbly and outgoing personality. I’ve spent most of my life in a swimsuit so I am very comfortable with my body.
STC: For the models and photographers out there, what’s the best way for a model to get into a provocative, sexual state of mind for the camera? Not just any model can be sexy on demand, do you have a method or some secret that helps? Does it come from the photographer, or does it have to be something you either got or don’t got?
Brittany: You have to have an mass abundance of self-confidence. When I first started and I didn’t have that confidence, it comes with experience. When I first started out, I shot for MAXIM magazine, and they gave me a glass of wine, and put some music on. I felt a lot better after that.
STC: You are very well-known for your appearances with Heidi Klum in “Project Runway” and “Models of the Runway.” What was that experience like?
Brittany: Realistic! I think every model should experience something like that once in their lifetime. It was hard work, but it gave you an adrenaline rush the entire time. I met a lot of designers, and actually ended up walking for Michael Kors in one of his shows.
STC: What’s the best or most memorable modeling gig you ever had so far?
Brittany: Project Runway. I got to meet so many amazing people, and see what filming a reality tv show is really like.
STC: Where do you see yourself five years from now? Are there career changes planned for the future? Not that we want to see any changes any time soon, but it’s no secret that most modeling careers have a short lifespan. Do you plan to go into acting, working on the other side of the camera, or something completely different?
Brittany: I have actually already transitioned into acting. I am close to finishing my school degree, so if acting doesn’t work out, you may see me behind the President one day with sunglasses on.
STC:Do you prefer runway or modeling? We know there’s a difference, but do you prefer one over the other?
Brittany: I like them both. Runway is fun because you go in, walk, and then go home. It’s very fast. However, I love to work with a fun crew for shoots and other projects. A lot of times I have more fun with the crew that I just met, than my own friends. Haha.
STC: Tell us about your daily routine. What’s a standard 24 hours in the life of Brittany like?
Brittany: Wake up, gym, protein shake, lunch, castings or work, dinner, homework, tv, bed. Somewhere in between there is the movies, the beach, shopping, and hanging out with friends. It depends what day of the week it is.
STC: Are you single? (We keep getting this question quite a bit for some reason.)
Brittany: I am not. I started dating my current boyfriend at age 15, and almost 9 years later, we are still together. Crazy, we know, we hear it all the time. No plans for marriage anytime soon though, we are still too young!
STC: Do you workout or are you just blessed with your extraordinary appearance? Do you have an exercise or diet regimen?
Brittany: I am lucky to say that I have good genetics that keep me thin; however, ironically I lift weights and eat a lot of protein to help me gain weight and muscle. I can’t stand being too thin! Lean muscle is sexier!
STC: Being so beautiful is a double-edged sword. Do people treat you differently when they find out you’re a model? And do photographers see working with you as an opportunity to advance their career?
Brittany: This is difficult question for me. I’m not like most models. If you saw me out at the gym, the bank, or at publix, you wouldn’t even know it’s me. I wear sweat pants, no make up, and my hair in a bun, pretty much everywhere but castings or events. When ppl do find out I’m a model, they look at me crazy because they expect me to be in a skin tight dress with a pair of Loubs on. That’s simply not the case with me! I would rather be comfortable and relaxed than impress others around me.
I believe some photographers may see it as a career advancement, just like I see working with some photographers as a career advancement. Everyone needs that stepping stone.
STC: What are some of the most favorite places in the world you have visited or worked? What’s the difference in going there for work or a vacation?
Brittany: St. Thomas! There is nothing like being in complete paradise! There really is no difference between going for vacation or work because usually the client tries to make it like a vacation for the models. Foreign clients want you to experience their area like they know it.
STC: You are with NEXT Models (Miami) and Major Models (NYC) – we are sure they keep you busy. Are there any other agencies around the globe that represent you? We have photographers in the STC community all around the world who might be interested in working with you.
Brittany: I am with Major Models in NYC. I am also with Leni’s Model Management in London. Soon I hope to travel to Cape Town and Australia.
STC: If a photographer wants to book you, should they call your agency?
Brittany: Always! It is easier for the both of us, seeing as I am very bad at the ‘cell phone thing.’ Next Miami is my mother agency and my booker David is a really good guy! in other words, “shop is open”.
STC: Well then, we have a possible booking for you. One of our photographers has shown an avid interest in working with you at the end of February (assuming your schedule allows).
Brittany: I am always interested in shooting with creative people, as long as we keep it classy no matter what the concept may be.
Many photographers don’t know this, but Brittany’s not allowed in Baskin-Robbins or near fire stations. She’s so hot she keeps melting the ice cream and firefighters get upset because she keeps setting off fire alarms when she walks by them. If you ever want to pursue photographing, losing your heart to one of the hottest woman alive… or both, well, you know where to call.