We had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Brook Power @brookpower at her enchanting home and ranch, where we were welcomed by her menagerie of animals, including her beloved horse, Pompy. Brook is a force of nature in her own right balancing her professional life as a model, with motherhood (she has two amazing boys). Her creativity shines through her living space, including a DIY green shag staircase, and self-made collage art adorning her walls. Brook finds inspiration from her love for travel, surfing, and finding still, quiet moments, which she regards as the ultimate elixir. Her eclectic heritage and upbringing shapes her identity as a person, a mother, and a creative spirit. Balancing a modeling career with motherhood has its challenges, but Brook's dedication to family and self-care shines through. Her love for animals, and the life lessons they bring, is palpable, and kindness is truly her hallmark. Join us as we delve deeper into Brook's inspirational journey, discovering the essence of what makes her a true muse.
Brook power Virgo scorpio
Can you share some of the things or experiences that infuse your creative work with renewed energy and passion? Are there any specific hobbies or interests that consistently serve as a reminder of when are you happiest/feel most like your truest self?
I love traveling with people ! Surfing new places, hiking new places, I just love exploring new places in general, it fills me with new life. It’s the best medicine.
Your Ojibwe/Sicilian roots, and the lush backdrop of hawaii provide a dynamic fusion of heritage, culture and identity. How does this background shape who you are as a person, and what qualities do you think it brings to your life as a creative and as a mom?
Yes it kindve is an odd mix, I feel like I confuse people because I’m not easily put into any box or stereotype. As a kid I was always drawn to native Hawaiian culture and immersion, preparing food in the native hawaiian way, hula, lei making, all the indigenous crafts with the women make my soul so happy. I think it may have had something to do with my own indigenous heritage needing to be expressed. My Ojibwe tribe was based in northern Michigan so I was rather far from those roots haha. I wish I was raised in the Ojibwe/Chippewa way but I still feel as though I received so much generational knowledge from my aunties and uncles and kumus in Hawaii. I just try to teach my kids to respect the land and to learn from their elders. Key components of my own childhood.
I like to stress to my kids the distinction between just going out into nature as a guest and the fact that we as human creatures are nature as well and to live as such.
Teaching them the feeling of oneness with our environment and how important that is. Giving them accessibility to all the medicine nature has to offer us. On the other side my mom is sicilian and the Italian in my blood is also so strong. I don’t know how I can express both cultures, so wildly different so much at the same time haha. Both are very focused on family and love though so I guess it works out somehow! Im just a gross romantic about human connection and connection to nature 😂
Can you pinpoint a specific moment or scenario when you feel most 'in your element' creatively? What environment, circumstances, or inspirations bring out your truest artistic self?
I think when I get to a place of stillness for a whole day. My virgo self has organized and cleaned everything. And I’m unbothered and not stressed. Which is honestly a rarity now a days. But that’s when I actually feel able to create and when I have time to delve through and process my emotions that I normally have to sweep to the side to continue “productivity” and moming. Surfing actually feels very cleansing to my palate also, I am always more creative feeling after surfing. It’s like a really strong hit of nature oneness haha.
Your modeling career has seen you in the spotlight, but we're intrigued by your love of horses. Can you dive into the visceral connection between horseback riding and your own sense of empowerment and creativity?
Horse communication is all about energy. I am very sensitive to how others feel and I think it comes back to my training with horses since I was about 7 years old. I don’t think about it much though, my horse language skills are second nature to me now. I can’t imagine a life without horses. I’ve never thought much about it in regards to creativity but I suppose it is an outlet of expression in a way, a horse people all have certain styles, so it’s an art form, as is basically everything in life. You pour your time into these animals and you must learn to do so with humility and love through all the frustrations. It’s great life training in general I think! Kills the ego quite a bit…
Balancing motherhood with a modeling career is no small feat. Can you tell us about your journey in maintaining that balance and any challenges or joys you've encountered along the way?
It’s rough for sure. Trying to remain and look well rested for a very demanding job when you have babies is a lot on its own. And I don’t have parents to help me with my kids either, I took care of my parents and siblings for decades too. You make sacrifices I guess, and try to just find ways to keep everyone’s needs met together. Like I take my kids to a river or the beach and we all get what we need there simultaneously. I don’t want to be even more mentally drained from doing a family activity. I’ve realized over the years of being a working mom that you really do have to be careful not to let everyone just take and take from you because it catches up to you incredibly fast. Gotta fill your cup too and push aside that “mom guilt” feeling.
We met so many adorable members of your family during our visit to your home! Could you share a bit about your love for animals and how they fit into your family?
Animals are such gifts. They're so hilarious too, they remind us of ourselves in such pure ways. They’re my children’s favorite toys and best friends. My kids have learned so much about the circle of life from our chickens especially haha. We have eaten a couple of our roosters and had several hens die of illness or coyotes or hawks. My boys have felt so many feelings through those times and I love giving them the space to process and feel it all. My boys already have lots of responsibilities when it comes to the animals too and it’s so good for them. I’m watching my chickens tear apart my garden right now as I write this 🙄
Kindness is your trademark. In a world and as a creative in an industry often characterized by cutthroat competition, tell us about your secret to infusing kindness and compassion into your daily life and your unapologetic authenticity, both in your personal and professional spheres.
I was thinking about it last night actually. How there was a slow turn for me where I stopped being competitive with girls in my head. It was so liberating when I reached that level of maturity and security in myself where I just appreciated other girls’ beauty and felt no need to compare myself. I was enough and growing in other ways seemed more important.
Because yep growing up in this industry is rough for a lot of girls. I started when I was about 14/15 and there was a year or two there where I was very anorexic because an agent told me to lose weight and I just developed the weirdest eating habits and it became an eating disorder. I was 94 pounds at one point, which now I’m 130, so it was really unhealthy! But I honestly was so young and naive about it I didn’t really realize. Now I just praise and admire other girls’ beauty and my industry has really changed in many ways for the better. It used to be kindve nasty, girls were so catty and now models are just all friends and mostly all kind. I think social media actually changed it a lot. Kindness is such a beauty hack also… being kind and complimenting other women just increases your own beauty ! Simply complimenting other women is very empowering.
In the realm of fashion, change is the only constant. How do you manage to stay true to your distinctive style while simultaneously embracing the ever-evolving, sometimes enigmatic terrain of the modeling industry?
I think there are certain looks and styles that are indeed timeless. I still have some of my moms old clothes from the 90’s in the rotation and they’re pretty solid and versatile haha. I always try to look past trends to the heart of clothes that I get actually. And more importantly just what I feel happiest wearing and most authentic. As a creative force, your projects often bridge multiple disciplines. What's next on your artistic horizon, and are there any upcoming collaborations or artistic explorations that you're excited to reveal?
I’m still kind've in survival mode with baby Beni (2 years old) but I’ve been shooting more photo jobs lately and I’m eager to explore that world more and the opportunities it could hold for me.
Looking ahead, what is on the horizon for you? Can you give us a glimpse into your aspirations and the stories you're eager to tell, both personally and professionally?
I actually take things a day at a time haha. I’m ambitious but also love my hobbies too much haha. I’m buying a truck right now and another horse and I’m eager to start doing packing trips in the mountains and sespe wilderness with them 😋🙏🏽 Also maybe Patagonia next month 🤔
Brook wears our dream skirt in navy tartan, dream skirt in crimson tartan, Scoop back cami in bordeaux, low rise undies in bordeaux, ballet bolero in bordeaux, scoop back cami in sage, high rise undies in sage, low rise undies in sage, pointelle baby t-shirt, kerchief in crimson tartan, and kerchief in navy tartan.