Brittany “McKey” Sullivan is an American fashion model and was a contestant and winner of Cycle 11 of ANTM.
McKey is a graduate of Lake Forest High School and attended Ripon College and majored in government and chemical biology. Sullivan got into modeling when she tried out for Elite Model Look following a sports injury and won the regional division of the competition.
McKey auditioned for Cycle 9 of ANTM, but was told that she wasn’t what they were looking for. After auditioning for a second time, she ultimately competed against thirteen other contestants to win Cycle 11.
Two other contestants named Brittany (or some variation) also competed in Cycle 11, so McKey and Brittney Brown were asked by Tyra Banks to change their names for the show. Sullivan chose ‘McKey’ since her mother was considering naming her McKenzie when she was born; it was also her pen name in high school. She plans on continuing to use the name beyond this television season. She came into the competition with shoulder-length bright red hair, but was later given makeover to short black hair. McKey was well known for athleticism in the house; she also trains in mixed martial arts with her boyfriend.
Throughout the competition, she became one of the front-runners with two collective first call-outs, two challenge wins and no bottom two appearances. During her go-see challenge in Amsterdam, she was booked by all of the four designers with whom she met, despite being disqualified from the challenge due to arriving back to the agency late. She went on to beat Samantha Potter for the title of America’s Next Top Model.
As part of the ANTM prize package awarded to her, McKey appeared on the cover of Seventeen Magazine with a 6-page editorial, she received a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, and received a contract for representation with Elite Model Management. She will be featured in a Wal-Mart campaign, as well as in the national CoverGirl campaign ads. Her win also comprises a billboard in Times Square.
McKey was featured in the December 2008 issue of In Touch Weekly, she appeared on the cover and had a spread in Seventeen Magazine (Feb 2009), and she has been on the covers of Forest & Bluff Magazine (Jan 2009 and Nylon Magazine (Mar 2009). McKey has recently been featured on Yahoo Style with Whitney Thompson and she had the cover and a spread in Chicago Scene (June 2009), as well as various advertisements for Forever 21, Rendezvous, Myer, Crabtree and Evelyn and Sass and Bide. Additionally, McKey appeared in Marie Claire (Sept 2009), has modeled for Oroton, Fendi and Miu Miu handbags and purses. McKey was also featured on the cover and interior fashion spread of Vogue knitting magazine (Fall 2009) and is set to appear in Marc Jacobs 2010 Spring Collection next year.
She has walked for EиD by Eva and Delia, Mada van Gaans, Ready to Fish by Ilja Visser and Addy van den Krommenacker at Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2009 as part her prize in episode 10. McKey also walked for G-Star at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009, Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week 2009, and for Heather Jones Designs Limited. She also appeared in Dutch Avantgarde with Samantha Potter.
During her My Life as a CoverGirl commercials, it was revealed that she had been working with the Make a Wish Foundation. She was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People of 2009 and she was named the 44th sexiest woman of 2008 by BuddyTV.
McKey is currently signed with Elite Model Management in Chicago.