She’s got the bod, the career, Andy Roddick as a hubby plus, gorgeous new brunette locks. Former SELF cover girl Brooklyn Decker came to visit the our office — and our Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danziger, while working on her latest project with Gillette, hosting The World’s Largest Shave & Kiss Event at the Time Warner Center.
Decker also gave us the scoop on her secret NYC candy-shop obsession, the meal she cooks for Andy back home and the confidence trick she wants you to remember next time you hit the beach. We also couldn’t help but boast over her awesome leather sweatpants and heels — which she willingly sported while showing me her favorite move at the gym.
Hey, Brooklyn Decker: Do Women Like Facial Hair?
Not sure if you should shave before your big date? This hot actress and model has answers to all of your questions about scruff. Maggie Parker
Brooklyn Decker On Taking It All OffSkincare 101: The Perfect Shave
So you have a big date and you aren’t sure if she prefers scruff or skin. What do you do?
We tracked down the multitalented and gorgeous Brooklyn Decker at the Gillette Kiss & Tell event in New York City a few weeks ago to find out how she feels about kissing men with facial hair. And while she can’t speak for all women, we figure she’s a good place to start, right?
Because—let’s be honest—you’d shave almost anything to please her.
*** Q: What’s your take on facial hair?
A: Facial hair is a really good look, but it’s a really bad feel. I actually like the way a little scruff looks, but I’m sorry, I don’t want a beard rash on my face the first time I kiss a guy. That’s the worst. And we’re expected to shave our legs for men, so why aren’t men required to shave their faces for women?! Q: But girls like the soft scruff, don’t they?
A: Yes, it definitely is cute. But it takes weeks to grow out before a beard is soft. If you are going to be kissing a girl for the first time, don’t put her through the pain of two-day-old stubble. Think about if a girl had a full mustache and she was coming in to kiss you. It would hurt! And a guy would whine about it, just like they whine when a sweater’s not the softest thing they’ve ever touched. So I feel like it’s only fair that guys keep a groomed face. Q: So basically if you’re planning to kiss a girl, you should be clean?
A: Yeah. Keep it clean. That stubble gives girls rashes, and it also makes a girl break out because of hair oils. So if you insist on having facial hair, at least maintain it so it’s not dirty.
Q: Is there one facial hair style that you think guys need to retire or avoid?
A: No chin strap. Goatees work on some guys, right? And beards work on a lot of guys. But I’ve never seen a chinstrap look good.
ABOUT THE HOT GIRL: You may recognize Brooklyn Decker as the scantily clad blonde on the cover of 2010’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (which she has appeared in six times—thank you, SI!), but her talents don’t stop there. Check her out in movies like Battleship and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
“Fasten your seatbelts and no smoking on the plane.” I’ve heard these words a million times before, but this time it was different. I was strapping myself into the smallest airplane I’ve ever been in, a de Havilland Beaver affectionately known as “Pumpkin,” and I was about to fly over some of the wildest country in America—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I was joining the Sierra Club for a weeklong adventure through the Arctic.
Tucked away in the northeast corner of Alaska, it is the largest and wildest refuge in the country. I had heard about the beauty and wonder of this place, but nothing can compare to experiencing it firsthand. As we flew north, crossing over the Arctic Circle, I watched spruce trees give way to rugged mountains. Further north the mountains turned to sweeping tundra, wild rivers, coastal lagoons and finally the bays of the Arctic Ocean.
These areas are home to some of our most amazing wildlife. In fact, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains the greatest diversity of animal life of any protected lands in the entire region. Polar and grizzly bears, musk oxen, wolves and wolverines all call the refuge home. On our visit we saw Dall sheep, caribou, red fox, hawks and golden eagles.
Each year, the lush tundra of the Arctic Refuge acts as the birthing grounds for much of this wildlife. Birds I see in my own backyard in Texas begin their lives in the Arctic Refuge before migrating to my hometown and others in all 50 states.
This area is also essential for mother polar bears to build their dens and for the Porcupine caribou herd, which travels hundreds of miles each year to the coastal plain to birth their calves. For these animals, and others, there is no alternative to this place they have depended on for millennia.
Wildlife are not the only ones who depend on the Arctic Refuge. The Gwich’in people, whose cabins we could see from the airstrip in Arctic Village, have lived off this land for centuries. The Gwich’in are the caribou people and they rely on Arctic bounty for their livelihood.
During the trip, I was able to swim in a freezing Arctic river, explore a remote and unnamed slot canyon with a 50-foot waterfall, and go white-water rafting through the most rugged portions of the Brooks Range. I was even able to see the spectacular Northern Lights.
Getting outdoors has always been an important part of my life. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of camping with my family, but this trip was truly an enlightening experience. It was an opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors in a place of unparalleled wonder, and it made abundantly clear the importance of protecting our country’s natural treasures.
The area’s significance to wildlife, native cultures, and sheer untamed beauty are unmatched and irreplaceable. I believe the marvels of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, especially the coastal plain, should be safeguarded—and I’m not alone. Polling shows that four out of five Americans believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should receive stronger protections.
The natural wonders of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge deserve the strongest levels of protection possible to ensure that this amazing place remains unmarred for future generations. I’m grateful for the chance to reconnect with the wild lands that make America great, and I want others to have those opportunities too.
The Sports Illustrated alum turns our fantasy into a reality by telling MF what goes on behind the scenes at swimsuit issue photo shoots.
In your mind, the best part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is probably imagining what goes on behind the scenes when the shoot is taking place: a bunch of scantily clad models running around in the sand, it sounds like paradise. And during a recent interview, 2010 Swimsuit Issue cover model Brooklyn Decker made it clear to us that the real deal is, in fact, a lot like your fantasy.
MF: The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue just came out. As someone who’s been on the cover, what do you think it takes for a girl to land that coveted spot?
BD: “I wish I had the answer to that. They didn’t tell me until the day before it came out, so I didn’t know. It was my sixth or seventh year shooting. I did Sports Illustrated for so long and every year you do cover tries, so you always think there could be a chance. And then they don’t tell you until like the day or two before. So I have no idea what the formula is. They tell us it’s just based on the image and if it’s a powerful enough image or not. I don’t know what else goes into it. I hear there’s like secret testing that goes on. But it’s like Fort Knox over there. No one tells anyone anything–it’s all rumored and we’re all kind of kept in the dark.”
Every guy wants to know what goes on behind the scenes at the swimsuit issue shoots.
“It’s like a vacation with your family. I mean, Sports Illustrated–they are like family. I haven’t done it in two years, and they’re still like family to me. It’s not work at all. It’s so much fun. I mean, you have long hours, but you’re on the beach with your friends. The trips and photo shoots are as legendary as people hope they are. They’re really fun, I have to say.”
What’s your favorite swimsuit cover of all time?
“I really loved Marisa Miller’s cover, just because I love Marisa. She’s a friend of mine, and I just adore her. Heidi Klum is incredible. Paulina Porizkova years ago, I think she was 18 when she got her first cover. She was unbelievable too, and so beautiful. I really love the classic covers, I really do.”
Who’s someone you’d love to see on a cover?
“Chrissy Teigen. She’s one of my best girlfriends. I’ve known her for years. Jessica Gomes, too, because she has also been doing it for years. I mean all the girls who I started out with who are now in like their eighth or ninth year, I root for those girls every issue. So fingers crossed for next year!”
Would you have taken it all off and done the body paint thing if you were still doing it?
“I already did it once. I think five years ago. And I was kind of shy about doing it, just because, you know, everything’s out there. I got to cover my top, which sounds crazy but it was actually more covered than just being painted. I get to say that I did it once, which was enough for me.”
We are very very happy to announce that Brooklyn has a big new project coming up! She will be in a new pilot for CBS
Brooklyn Decker To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’
By NELLIE ANDREEVA
EXCLUSIVE: Just Go With It and Battleship star Brooklyn Decker is set as a lead opposite James Van Der Beek in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kaplan Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Decker will play one of them Jules, a former model who was discovered in a mall when she was 13. Very open minded, she sincerely wishes the best for everyone. Decker, a model herself, recently did an arc on FX’s The League and guest starred on Fox comedy New Girl, also produced by 20th TV. She is with Gersh and Authentic.
Brooklyn Decker on Romance, Dream Costars, and Kate Upton’s ‘SI’ Cover
Even though she’s married to tennis superstar Andy Roddick, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker has had no trouble establishing an identity of her own.
Not only has she graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive, but she has also successfully made the tough transition from model to actress. Last year, she starred alongside Rihanna in Battleship and opposite Dennis Quaid in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
What’s next for Decker? “I’m hoping to do more comedy,” she says. “I love being around funny people—you just have fun on set. Hopefully we’ll have something to announce shortly.”
This Valentine’s Day, Decker was busy promoting Gillette’s Kiss and Tell experiment, which surveyed across the country about whether they prefer men with clean-shaven faces or some scruff. The result? Eighty-five percent of women preferred a smooth face. “It was surprising to me, because mustaches and beards are quite popular,” Decker says. “But honestly, no woman wants to have sand paper on her face. I don’t want to get beard burn on my face or have bumps all over my chin!”
Decker, 25, talked to Parade.com about romance, her dream costars, her expert opinion on Kate Upton’s new Sports Illustrated cover, and more.
On who in Hollywood has the best facial hair.
“Al from Home Improvement. He has an awesome beard and he wears flannel all the time which is really cool.”
On (not) celebrating Valentine’s Day.
“I’m the worst person when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really celebrated it. I’m usually working on Valentine’s Day, so I’ve never really been a big celebrator of it. I’m of the belief that if you need one holiday to make sure that you show somebody that you love them, then you probably need to work harder throughout the rest of the year.”
On what “romance” means to her.
“I am not romantic at all. The more romantic something is, the more unattractive it is to me. I’m kind of like a boy. I’ve never been a big romantic person. I don’t like the big sweeping gestures. I think if you can laugh with someone and have fun, that’s plenty.”
On Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover.
“I thought it was beautiful. The fact that they shot in Antarctica is really special. That had to be one of the most difficult things, as far as weather conditions go. I’ve had photo shoots in summer clothes on a glacier in Alaska, and that was pretty tough, but even so, it was much warmer than Antarctica and I wasn’t in a bikini!”
On staying fit while living in food-rich Austin.
“The best part about Austin is they have the most indulgent, wonderful restaurants and the best chefs, but at the same time, it’s one of the most fit cities in the country. People are really active and outside all the time. We’re lucky that it’s warm 10 months out of the year, so you can be outside all the time hiking and kayaking. There’s a big community of fitness down there, so you can eat your barbeque and have your homemade Amy’s ice cream, but then you can go run Town Lake.”
On who she’s dying to work with.
“I’d love to work with Robin Williams. I think he’s incredibly funny and a wonderful dramatic actor as well, and I feel like he would have the best stories. I just think he’s a huge talent and I would love to work with him. I’m a big fan of comedians. Jim Carrey as well, who was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and was unbelievable in that. They would have great stories to tell and really great advice to give, and I think they’d be incredible to watch on set.”
On her life goals.
“If I died tomorrow, I would die a very happy woman, so I’m pretty content with what’s happening. Hopefully I’ll keep acting. I love making movies and I love television, so if I can keep doing this and call this my job, then I’ll consider myself one of the luckiest people.”
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