The 22-year-old, who is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spoke to DailyMailTV about her Sports Illustrated debut. Brooks was hand-picked out of 10,000 girls by modeling legend Christie, 65, to appear in this year’s issue of the magazine after taking part in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search. She will now go up in a public vote in the hopes of being named as its official winner. Speaking about how she prepared for the shoot, Brooks revealed that she had a ‘strange relationship’ with food at the start of her modeling career, because she felt like she should ‘starve herself’. However she said that both Christie and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day told her they didn’t want her to lose weight, and wanted the girl they saw at the casting.