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Brittany Noon's Runway to Recovery
By Robbin Whachell
Sep 21, 2018 - 11:04:21 PM

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Caribbean model, Brittany during her stay in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The Bahamas Weekly was one of the first publications to write about Caribbean model, Brittany Noon when her career launched at the age of 16. After that 2014 runway event in Paris, thanks to Saint Lucian-Parisian fashion celebrity Vincent McDoom, Noon's career has skyrocketed putting her on the runway for the world's leading designers. Her work has taken her to cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, LA, and countries like China, and Japan.

Fast forward to May 2018, when Noon was struck by a car while riding her bike in New York City and the consequence was a broken pelvis and sacrum. Despite this devastating circumstance, and the inability to walk, Noon set a course to recovery, and just this month was seen back on the runway wearing Jeremy Scott 2019 ready-to-wear.

The following is our interview with the St. Lucian model who is certainly determined to not letting anything hold her back!

1. Can you tell me what happened the day of your accident?

I was riding a bike on my way to an early morning workout. I got hit by a speeding driver. I remember the impact, but not much after that. I was taken to the hospital and remember being in excruciating pain and wondering why I could not move my legs. When I got to the hospital, I was told I had a broken pelvis and sacrum but that luckily no surgery would be needed. I was told I had youth on my side and that my body would heal itself. They kept me in the hospital 8 days for intense pain management and physio. On day 3, I had to learn how to walk again. The physio team would come daily to make me walk, a little further down the corridor daily. I realized how much we take for granted on a daily basis.

2. What got you through those first few days, months?

The support and love of my family, friends and my agency. The amazing care I received from the doctors, nurses and physio therapy team at the hospital. The thought of getting back to work ASAP, and being well enough to move into my new apartment. The goals I had set for myself prior to the accident. Also, getting messages from perfect strangers from all over the world but mainly from the Caribbean, I felt like the entire Caribbean region was cheering me on. Reading well wishers messages put smiles on my face and kept me going.

3. Can you describe your career before the accident? Highlights. Where you saw yourself headed?

I was doing a good mix between both high fashion and commercial modeling. I was very happy with my career and where I was in my life. I was feeling settled, which is rare in this industry. That is why the accident really took a toll on me - I thought everything was going my way (personal life, work, health) and working in my favour – then I thought I had lost it all in a matter of seconds.

4. Please list all the major designers, brands you have walked for?

I have worked with Dior, Chanel, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Topshop, H&M, Victoria's Secret PINK, Tommy Hilfiger, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jacquemus, Jeremy Scott, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Georgio Armani, Tory Burch, Emilio Pucci, Miu Miu, and Bottego Veneta.

Left: Brittany Noon with her walker after the accident; an Instagram message; and one of her many modeling photo.

5. Where are you today? How are you feeling? What's happening with your career?

I have moved into my NYC apartment. I feel better, almost back to 100%. I swim, do pilates and yoga. I have started shooting again for my regular clients. I have also started doing castings. I'm feeling more confident than before, more grateful, happier even.

Brittany Noon was born in St. Lucia and grew up in Antiqua. From a young age she wanted to model. She moved to NYC to pursue her dreams. In 2016 she was featured in Harpour's Bazaar magazine as someone to watch.

You can follow Brittany on Instagram, where she has provided video of one of her walking sessions at the hospital.

As Brittany says, "Never take anything in this life for granted... Every day is a blessing. Even on your worst day you still have so much to be thankful for."

From left to right: Brittany on the streets of NYC; walking for Jeremy Scott; and LaQuan Smith in Sept. 2018

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