|Brooke Shields then and now|
My parents struggled with finding a name for me, because I was a girl. Had I been born a boy, I would have been Jacob, my little brother's name. My mama liked Blaque (pronounced Blake) Noel, my father did not. So I sat in the nursery of St. Vincent's hospital without a name for days. Finally with the help of my aunt, my parents settled on Brooke Ann. Ann was for my great grandmother Anna, and Brooke was a name my aunt through in the mix (she was in her teens and I think she really liked Brooke Shields). Even though I finally received a name, my mother kept calling the nursery asking for Nicole Gillies, and the sweet nurse said, "We have a Brooke Gillies." To which my mother replied, "Yeah, that one's mine."
So that's me, just some girl who does not live by a brook but is named after someone who does and an iconic 80s model.