Brittney Firsdon admits to being sort of a tomboy "when I was little, a few years
Eastwood High School sophomore
The 16-year-old Eastwood High School sophomore, a right-side hitter on the Eagles' state-ranked volleyball team, is finding that other doors are beginning to open up for her besides playing sports.
On Sept. 26 at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, the 5-foot-10 Firsdon was voted runner-up at the second annual EPIC Rocks Fashion Show. The runway competition was for males and females age 13 and older who had no prior modeling experience.
Twelve local retailers featured runway participants from Northwest Ohio, who displayed more than 100 fall fashions on the runway. Five local salons, meanwhile, provided the audience with choreographed runway routines to show off the latest looks for hair.
"It was really cool," Firsdon said. "Last year they brought in models from different states. This year it was cool that they gave local models a chance. I was pretty nervous. I've only been doing modeling for the past year, and I was one of the younger girls in this.
"I met a lot of new people. I met a lot of new friends and it was a great experience. It was cool that all the models were from Northwest Ohio, and we performed a great show."
Firsdon's mother, Cyndi Henline, attended the one-day event.
"They modeled a whole wardrobe, with purses and everything," Henline said. "They had their hair and makeup done, but they didn't get to pick out the clothes they wore. It was very exciting. I never expected her to be runner-up in the whole competition. She was very excited. It was hard, though, because she was leaving volleyball practices to go twice a week for rehearsals.
"She met a lot of great people and made some bonding relationships from it. She's fallen in love with modeling."
Firsdon, who has brown eyes and curly brown hair, graduated from John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Toledo last summer.
"It was just kind of a school," she said. "They said I had the height and stuff to do runway (modeling). They taught me how to act and how to do a bunch of different forms of modeling. I like runway. I like showing people I can do sports and stuff and still do stuff on the runway. I'm kind of shy in person when I'm not on the runway. I love the whole modeling concept."
Needless to say, Firsdon's looks and talent are in demand. She has been asked to attend an International Modeling and Talent Association convention in Miami. IMTA has agencies in Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
"They wanted to take her to Miami in July," Cyndi Henline said. "Starbound NYC was going to give her a scholarship for acting. They wanted to give her acting lessons. They said that modeling and acting go together, so they wanted to give her lessons and then take her to Miami.
"If we (Brittney's father is Tony Firsdon and her stepfather is Todd Henline) were to take her to Miami, she would have to give up high school. She was a sophomore playing volleyball and we didn't want that for her. Her being the oldest of four kids, it would be hard for us to take her to Miami or let her pursue a modeling career. She loves volleyball and she wanted to play volleyball, so she knew she would have to give that up. If she wants to pursue modeling as a senior, we would let her."
Firsdon said he considered leaving school and heading to Florida, but she realized the timing wasn't right.
"I'd be on constant call if I went down there," she said. "They'd be like, 'We need you down here now.' It's just a change, and I don't have any guarantees. I'd really like to when I get older, when I graduate. This is what I want to do. I'm stressed now with the stuff - modeling at home. I just don't know how I would be able to do it, how I would be able to leave my friends."
In the meantime, Firsdon has been asked to participate as a hair model at an event in Michigan later this month.
"I don't know if I'm doing that," she said. "They would have permission to do whatever they want with my hair, and I don't know if I'd be able to handle that."