NEW YORK — “I was the weird on on the basketball team,” says Brionka recollecting her days playing as a varsity center for her high school. “I was the one with Converse [All Star sneakers] on the basketball court…and they were like, ‘who is this girl?’” As unorthodox a figure as the native of the British Virgin Islands cut on the court for her high school in South Florida, Brionka was of course the tallest, and an unqualified success who loved her team and her coach. Brionka has since moved to Gotham where she has taken up modeling in earnest and has found an industry eager to welcome a model with beautiful skin, natural hair, and a personal style especially suited for both casting calls and skate parks. Whether Brionka wears her hair in bantu knots or pics out her Afro, she is likely to turn lots of heads this summer and for the rest of her career.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Brionka”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Brionka Halbert.