Watch This Face: Brittany Noon – Harper’s Bazaar UK
WATCH THIS FACE: BRITTANY NOON
We meet the 18-year-old newcomer from Antigua…
Every week, Bazaar‘s booking team highlights one name to note, from the fashion industry’s best-known faces to girls who are just starting out. This week, we turn our attention to Brittany Noon.
As the latest model to emerge from the Caribbean, following in the footsteps of the rising stars Lineisy Montero, Tami Williams and Luisana González, the 18-year-old Noon is further proof of the region’s continued influence as a destination for new models.
Walking for top labels including Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and opening Emilio Pucci’s S/S 17 show, Noon looked both cool and refined: a rare combination that bodes well for her future on the runway. The Antiguan’s confident stride made a big impression and her versatile look should take her far.
“It was love at first sight when Brittany first walked into the agency with her effortless island-girl beauty,” says Chris Yianoullou at Storm Model Management. “After a phenomenal first season walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, Brittany is the a new face to keep your eye on!”
We chat to Noon about her love of languages, Antigua and lunging in the hallways.
How were you discovered?
“I wasn’t technically ‘discovered’, or at least not in the way most models are; I wasn’t approached at a festival or anything like that. I had always dreamed of becoming a model and so I submitted pictures online in July 2015 and flew to New York with my parents to meet with the agencies. I received positive feedback and signed with Women immediately.”
If you weren’t modelling, which career would you pursue and why?
“If I wasn’t modelling I’d pursue a career in interpreting or translating because I’ve always loved languages, and feel like I have an affinity with that. I also love writing so I’d love to write and publish a book one day.”
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
“For me the biggest highlight has been this entire spring/summer 2017 season, it was amazing to see my dreams become reality on the runway.”
How do you spend your free time?
“When I’m back home in Antigua, I’m always going to the beach with my family and friends. I also really love movies, so a good majority of my free time is spent watching films from different eras.”
Do you have any travel tips for those visiting your hometown?
“Don’t forget your sunblock! We have 365 beautiful beaches, but my personal favourite is Hermitage Bay. So I would definitely say to be sure to visit that one! The Excellence Circumnavigation Tour is also great – it’s an all-day boat tour around the island.”
What are the three products you can’t live without?
What is your favourite form of exercise?
“When I’m away and working, I rarely have enough time go to the gym. I try my best to do squats at home, and lunges in the apartment-building hallways. When I get back home to Antigua though, that’s when I build myself back up again and really get back into the swing of things with weight training.”
What is your dream shoot?
“I’d absolutely love to shoot with Mario Testino for his Towel Series.”
Name your five essential items you wouldn’t leave the house without…
“I wouldn’t leave the house without my phone, my three portable chargers, Polaroid camera, a good book and a hair tie around my wrist.”
If you had to wear only one designer, who would it be?
“I’m inspired by so many brands, it depends more on my mood so I can’t pick just one –if I’m feeling more classic, something like Valentino is always amazing. However, if I’m feeling a bit more tough, then definitely something along the lines of Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe or Marni.”
What kind of advice would you give to new girls to the industry?
“I would tell them to take in as much as you can from the whole experience. Explore, learn, make friends, eat great food; use every experience of your travels to your advantage in this business.”
Is there a model’s career that you admire and why?
“I don’t admire any one model’s career exclusively, but I must say I really admire those who are able to maintain their career all the while pursuing their further education and or a degree programme.”
Let’s talk about favourites. What about…
…music? “My favourite genres are dancehall and soca.”
…movies? “I love psychological thrillers, anything that’ll have me drawing conclusions until the very end. I love movies with a plot twist: Dream House, Gone Girl, The Usual Suspects, Primal Fear etc.”
…books? “The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.”
…food? “There’s so much great food out there that I just can’t limit myself to specifics, but I particularly enjoy dishes with rice and a flavourful sauce.”