Sophisticated and statuesque Brooklyn Decker proved she was a force to be reckoned with as a supermodel, but it was her deft and hilarious acting skills in various film and television projects that won over audiences. Born on April 12, 1987 in Kettering, OH, Decker was reportedly named by her parents - both of whom worked in the medical field - after a horse called "Brook." Her family lived in Middletown, OH for a short time before moving to Charlotte, NC, where Decker was discovered in a shopping mall. She began her career modeling for various magazines, including Teen Vogue, FHM, and Cosmopolitan, as well as appearing in advertising campaigns for the Gap, J.C. Penney, and Victoria's Secret. She made her Sports Illustrated debut in 2006, appearing in the annual Swimsuit Issue. Decker finally graced the coveted cover of the 2010 swimsuit issue, which placed her amongst an elite group of models who had previously done so, including Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson.