Face of Foothills Finalist: Brittany McGowan

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Name: Brittany McGowan

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Age: 22

Title: Face of Foothills Top Ten Finalist

Married/Single: Single

Kids: 0

City you live in: Glendale

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up and hitting the gym bright and early! Then I head off to work. After work I attend dance class. Usually it will be hiphop, jazz, or contemporary. My favorite part of the day! After dance I will come home cuddle with my dog, unwind and start any schoolwork I have to work on. Then I will catch up with One Tree Hill on Netflix before hitting the hay. Yes- I am currently on a One Tree Hill binge with Netflix!

I was born…

in Maui, Hawaii. Unfortunately my family and I didn’t stay long enough to learn the hula before moving to Arizona.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

Camelback Mountain! It’s my favorite mountain to hike and it is always a challenge and such a gorgeous view.

I’m listening to…

Boyce Avenue. My favorite cover/acoustic band of all time.

My family…

means the world to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the sacrifices they have made to give me the best life possible and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. My dad gave me my sense of humor and wit and my mother gave me the biggest heart in the world. I used to hate how emotional/sensitive I am because I care so much and thought it was a weakness- but now I’ve seen It is one of the best blessings I could have received. So thank you mom and dad!

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my future self. Sounds a bit weird right? Just to know how everything worked out. To remind myself what’s truly important in life and to never lose sight of that.

One thing I cannot live without…

love, as cliché as it sounds. Love has gotten me through every hardship in life or made the accomplishments worthwhile. It’s given me faith, courage, persistence and hope. Whether that love has been from family, friendships, etc. Love is the one thing you can count on at the end of every day.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

an actress. I grew up that kid on the playground acting out Lion King characters in the sand with my best friends. I thought I was the best Scar ever! Haha. Makes me laugh to this day how animated I would become without a care in the world. From singing Disney show tunes in my room with a karaoke box dreaming of the day I could be a Disney Princess in Disneyland to pretending I was a Power Ranger so I could be the next Pink Ranger. I was very active in Musical Theatre as a child and fell in love with the art of theatre. It was always my escape to be who I really was. Where “clicks” didn’t matter and judgement didn’t exist. Nothing made my eyes light up more than that stage I spent 15 years on.

I’m inspired by…

my mom. She works so hard and has done everything possible for me. She’s there for me through every single thing life has thrown our way. I know I will be okay because of the woman she raised me to be and continues to show me unconditional love. She always gave more than she ever took and because of her I’m inspired to continue being the best version of myself possible.

The one person who motivates me is…

my best friend. They have always pushed me to be better than I was yesterday and always keep motivating me to pursue my dreams.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

for people to be more selfless. It’s a simple idea but could make the biggest difference. I feel like we live in a world where it has become “well what do I get out of this?” Or “what does this get me if I do this for you?”. I think if more people acted selflessly on a regular basis- even something small they change every day- there would be less hatred and aggression.

The perfect day would be…

learning a dance routine by Twitch!

My first job was…

Hollister. If it wasn’t for Hollister, I wouldn’t know how to fold my laundry so perfectly to this day! Let me tell ya- they made sure every single shirt was folded the exact same. Every. Single. Time.

My favorite escape…

the dance studio.

My life…

is one adventure after the next. I absolutely love it!

I’m currently working on…

a Nursing degree. One day I hope to be a Trauma nurse!

Always…

believe in yourself no matter what. A Nike ad grabbed my attention one time that said: “All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES.”

Never…

lose sight of your passion, the thing that sets your soul on fire. Keep pushing and keep working towards whatever makes you the happiest.

Favorite Quote…

is up on my bulletin board that I read every day: “ Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just your absence felt.” I love everything this stands for and live my life this way.

Biggest Dream…

to make a difference. No matter how big or how small.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

forgetting my headphones once I walk into the gym. How am I supposed to get through cardio without Justin Bieber’s new album?

Find out if Brittany will be named the 2016 Face of Foothills on December 18 at AZ Foothills Annual Holiday Bash! The soiree of the season will be held at  Livewire, voted the Valley’s Best Concert and Special Event Venue. Guests will enjoy a fashion show from Ford Robert Black Agency and Glam Lounge Artists, the reveal of AZ Foothills 2016 Face of Foothills Model Search winner with styles by bebe, Best of Our Valley celebrations, live musical entertainment, and more festive fun.

RSVP for the Holiday Bash here. For a limited time, RSVP guarantees complimentary admission plus two free drinks. In addition, AZ Foothills party goers will receive comp’d admission to the After Party at Maya Day & Nightclub featuring world-renowned DJ, Cedric Gervais. Space is limited so RSVP now.

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