America's Next Top Model Contestant Brittany Brown Talks Tough Competition, Sisterly Love, and Phoenix Fashion Week

Brown's round 6 photo
Brown's round 6 photo

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We don't know if Gilbert-based model Brittany Brown wins the title of America's Next Top Model in Cycle 19. But based on her pictures from the season (shared with fans while the show was taping to get fan feedback for use in the judging process), the 18-year-old put up a hell of a fight -- smizing, tooching, and Tyra-ing outta control while competing in the reality show against other college students from across the country.

"I just had to really bring it and stand up to the LA and New York models," Brown says of her experience on the CW show, which premières in its new Friday time slot on August 24.

Brown's round two photo
Brown's round two photo

The new air time isn't the only change that's coming with the new crop of gangly gals. Since the last season, Banks let go some of the program's most iconic recurring characters, photographer Nigel Barker, photo shoot creative director Jay Manuel, and runway coach J. Alexander.

Returning to the judges table this round is fashion PR maven Kelly Cutrone, who's famed for her cutthroat bluntness. New to the panel is male model Rob Evans. While Katy Perry stylist Johnny Wujek is the new creative director.

One thing that remains the same? That'd be the fiercely competitive models blue-steeling their way to the top. Brown says, "I loved how the other girls were so competitive because it kept me driven." 

Brown's round seven photo
Brown's round seven photo

But Brown had lots of support back in the Valley, especially from her younger sister Madison, who also models. "When I came home, all my friends were like, 'Your sister was blowing up that website,'" she says of her sister rallying for online votes, comments, and support. "She loved it because she felt like she was a part of it."

"I think in each of my photos I brought something different," she says. "And I think my little bit of theater and acting background helped me stand out."

As for her off-screen life, Brown plans on continuing her education at Chandler-Gilbert Community College through this school year, after which she wants to move to New York or Los Angeles and see where her career takes her.

But it's not goodbye yet. Brown says that she will walk at October's Phoenix Fashion Week, for which she's also serving as a correspondent. Until then, we can watch her duke it out, walk-off-style, on Friday evenings.

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