Since Calvin Klein’s runway debut, the stunning Detroit native seems destined for stardom.
The road to success is paved with failures… for some. Others, like Brittany Burke, seem born to hit hard off the jump. The Detroit mother, who culminated in a job as a spokesmodel for Ford, clearly saw something special in her daughter before surreptitiously submitting the photos to Chicago’s esteemed Select Model Management. Burke was signed by the agency on the day she appeared in person.
This early success was a harbinger rather than a lucky chance. Burke soon finds himself among a crowd of hopefuls who are vying for New York Fashion Week bookings with Calvin Klein. I am,” she recalls. “When I got home, I was exhausted and passed out in bed. I didn’t think so.”
On the day of casting, Burke was eagerly awaiting his audition for Calvin Klein directing. She had a roomful, then a handful, then one of several. Her “angelic” agent at the time approached with a solemn look…just pulled a fast one and reported that she’d close out the show by walking for NYFW’s preeminent fashion label. Not bad for a first runway experience.
“Then during the fitting process, the clothes were specifically tailored to my body, meaning I was one of their exclusive models. I worked one-on-one with legendary designer Francisco Costa. But it was incredible.”
As Burke was exiting Calvin Klein HQ after a long day of fittings, a scout told her of a chance opportunity. “The scout took me into this model’s room. They were all wearing beautiful beaded burlesque couture gowns. Ralph went outside to shake hands and try on dresses and heels. I walked for him in his studio and I will never forget that day.”
Burke then worked as an online model for Ralph Lauren. Victoria’s Secret and Dior are also dream jobs. Her portfolio is enhanced with spreads such as Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. Her Instagram followers of over 233,000 are glued to Burke’s classic beauty, whether featured in artsy, lingerie-clad magazine photos or silly behind-the-scenes clips. increase. But it’s not the brand she’s posed with or the next brand she’s acquired that drives Burke.
“The highlight of my career isn’t necessarily the great work I’ve accomplished, but the journey and the people I’ve met,” she says. “From Milan and Paris to Miami and Mexico. If it wasn’t for modeling, I wouldn’t have been in New York, seen the world, or met these amazing people.
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