Brooklyn Decker’s mastered modeling (as a Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue cover girl) and acting (in blockbusters like Battleship and Just Go With It). Now, she’s nailing the art of self-deprecation, too. For proof, just look to her recent stream of less-than-flattering selfies, or her appearance on Chelsea Lately last night:
Asked by Chelsea if she was “done” with modeling, Brooklyn said she was—and she could’ve just left it at that. Instead, she continued, ribbing herself: “I wasn’t great when I was modeling, so I kind of left the second I could.” She then said she had a hard time looking “elegant and elongated” and had a terrible walk. “I never walked a runway because I was too klutzy. I could never get through a runway casting. I mean, I couldn’t walk!” And when Chelsea asked “Did you ever fall?” Brooklyn answered, “I never even got a chance to walk the runway. They didn’t hire me!”
Considering she counted Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated, and The Gap as clients in her heyday, it’s tough to throw Brooklyn Decker a pity party for being an unhireable model, even if she was more “commercial” than high fashion (as Tyra would say). But we’ve gotta commend the girl for trying, because if you’ve already got a portfolio of swimsuit editorials.
You don’t really need to spend your time in the spotlight trumpeting your physical beauty. Instead, playing the self-deprecating card might be a smarter way to ensure you’re likeable and garner you some staying power for the future. In which case, comments like the ones Brooklyn made last night and selfies like these ones below should certainly do the trick, right?.
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When you think of Brooklyn Decker what comes to mind? Yes, she is a beautiful, albeit retired, model turned actress. She’s married to retired tennis player, Andy Roddick. She’s got a new CBS sitcom “Friends with Better Lives”. So far, there’s little to make one think her life is anything but perfection. But not so fast. The former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model sat down with AOL.com’s Carey Reilly to reveal that she’s a friend with just kind of a better life than you, but perfect it is not.
First of all, she’s named after a horse, of course. “I’m named after a horse of all things,” said Decker. “It’s very strange. My parents have a very strange sense of humor. My mom loved the name Brooke and as a joke my dad said ‘Let’s name her Brooklyn!’ and my mom loved it. I had never been to Brooklyn, ended up living there for a couple years.” Okay, so the name doesn’t have perfect origins, but it’ll do! Second, she says she wasn’t the perfect ten model.
“I was very lucky Sports Illustrated gave me a chance and loved me but I did not work outside of Sports Illustrated. Truly, I was not a good model. I swear on everything. I’ve never walked a runway. It’s like a best kept secret that I was not, like, a working model. I studied acting for a really long time and I loved it and auditioned and auditioned and just got lucky. The second I started booking things I was like ‘Peace out, modeling! You don’t like me and I don’t like you!'”
Third, the 5’10” stunner says she’s got physical imperfections that she shows off with zeal. “I have tingers! Toe-fingers! They’re the most disgusting feet you’ve ever seen in your life. I can spread them apart and grab things. I have tingers and I’m fighting a massive case of chin acne.” She showed us both and that still has us questioning her campaign of imperfection.
Lest we go on, Decker is celebrating 5 years of blissful marriage to Andy Roddick, who she says, does a lot of the heavy-lifting in her household especially when it comes to cleaning. “Only because I’m such a slob that someone has to pick up the slack and it’s not me. He’s usually pretty sloppy but he’s like ‘You’re a disaster so I gotta help a little bit.'” Decker is now living out her dream job along side stars like James Van Der Beek on their new sitcom “Friends with Better Lives.”
She’s quick to mention that the comedy truly comes from behind the scenes. “We do have great writers. We are very lucky. I feel like that: our writing and our chemistry with the cast… is what makes it.” And one funny retired model with “tingers” too. Watch Brooklyn on “Friends with Better Lives” Monday nights at 8:30 on CBS.