Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mathematical Modeling

As I’ve said many times before here on the SLB, I enjoy observing seeming incongruities with mathematics and science and the more superficial and overly socialized areas of everyday life, only to be surprised by curious intersections. Case in point, consider the television sensation America's Next Top Model - Cycle 13. Now I don’t actually watch this show! Rather I heard from some mathematical grapevines I hang with that there is a contestant who claims to be a mathematician. In fact, she makes a point of mentioning mathematics on pretty much every episode so far. Imagine that! My curiosity thus got the better of me and I had to find out more about this enigma of the runway.

The model’s name is Brittany Markert, 21, a student at Santa Clara University in Northern California. Markert is indeed a senior majoring in mathematics, although she had to take a temporary break from school to appear on the show. She does seem to be the real deal, valedictorian of her high school class, winner of the 2006 Freshman Mathematics Contest prize at SCU, and scored a perfect score on the math portion of her SAT exam.

A native of Livermore, California, Markert survived a ruthless nationwide casting process to become one of the 14 contestants on the popular reality series. She never thought she’d get the role due to the fact she is of subpar height for modeling at 5 feet, 5 inches tall. Being true to her nerdy upbringing, Markert spends much more time hitting the books than frequenting the gym (she realizes that it must drive other women nuts to hear that).

This Physics Groupie hopes that after all is said and done, a mathematician comes out on top of the modeling competition. Who said that couture and Calculus don’t mix!?

[The inset picture of Markert is from the show; however her 2005 college orientation picture is of pretty much the same caliber.]

1 comment:

  1. I can vouch she is the real deal; I tutored with her and she can integrate with the best of them. Haha, lmao:)

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