McKey Sullivan
McKey Sullivan
Lake Forest, Illinois
September 9, 1988

Brittany "McKey" Sullivan (born Brittany Sullivan on September 9, 1988) is an American fashion model most notable as the winner of the eleventh cycle of America's Next Top Model.

Early life

Sullivan was born to Michael and Gayle Sullivan and has three siblings, Bridgette, Jimmy, and Mikey. She is a graduate of Lake Forest High School and is a sophomore at Ripon College. She also trains in mixed martial arts with her boyfriend. She was known for appearing at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, which inspired her medieval fashion sense. Sullivan got into modeling when she tried out for Elite Model Look following a sports injury and won the regional division of the competition.

Sullivan attended Ripon College and majored in government and chemical biology.

America's Next Top Model

Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 and since it was her penname in high school. She plans on continuing to use the name beyond this television season. She came into the competition with long red hair but was later given a short black hair makeover. Throughout the competition, she became one of the front-runners with two collective first call-outs and won two challenges. During her go-see challenge in Amsterdam, she was booked by all of the four designers that she met. It was revealed that had she returned back to the agency on time, she would have won the challenge.

Sullivan was the fourth contestant, and second winner, to never place in the bottom two, an accomplishment only achieved previously by Cycle 6's runner-up Joanie Dodds, Jaslene Gonzalez, winner of Cycle 8, and the runner up of Cycle 10, Anya Kop. In addition, she is the third winner from Illinois; following Adrianne Curry and Jaslene Gonzalez. At the time of airing, she is tied for the youngest winner with Nicole Linkletter. She became the second winner to never have a bottom two appearance, with Jaslene Gonzalez being the first. This record was succeeded by Nicole Fox and Krista White.

As part of the ANTM prize package awarded to her, Sullivan appeared on the cover of Seventeen Magazine witha 6-page editorial and received a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics and a contract for representation with Elite Model Management. She will be featured in Wal-Mart campaign, as well as in the national CoverGirl campaign ads. Her win also comprises a billboard in Times Square.


Sullivan was featured in the December 2008 issue of In Touch Weekly. She appeared on the cover and had a spread in the February 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine as part of her ANTM prize package. She also has been on the cover of Forest & Bluff Magazine, January 2009 issue.

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.