Brooke Shields has been in the public eye for her entire life. She booked her first professional job when she was 11 months old, and Ford Models launched their Children's Division to handle the amount of work she was booking separate from their adult clients. She shot her first film, "Pretty Baby", when she was 11. Her role, as a child who grew up in a brothel, featured multiple nude scenes, and created quite a bit of controversy. Three years later, she would become the youngest model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine, and by the time she was 16, she was pulling down $10,000 per day as a model. She has gone on to appear in various films and television series, has written a number of successful books, produced film and television projects, appeared on Broadway, and recently launched her own line of jewelry. She has also battled depression, body image issues, and all of the other ugliness that comes with growing up in plain view of the public.
Due to her incredibly busy schedule (and a mother who was determined to make her daughter a star), Ms. Shields rarely had one home for any length of time. She was constantly flying from one city to another, or one country to another, and consequently, much of her housing was a temporary rental, or an apartment provided by a production company or client. When she settled down to raise her own family, she made a concerted effort to make her place a home, as opposed to simply a space in which to sleep.
Ms. Shields and her husband bought their four-storey Greek Revival townhouse, located in the West Village, for $5.5 million back in 2008, and then spent the next four years gut-renovating it, while living in a $2.95 million co-op in SoHo. Their new home features high ceilings, pre-war touches like large, solid doors, and massive windows, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, ample storage and walk in closets, a balcony, and an upstairs playroom. The home was decorated with a mixture of items from her child that were put in storage, and both modern and antique pieces found by celebrated designer David Flint Wood. The result is a home that is both relaxed and chic, and is very similar to the appeal of the actress/model/producer/designer herself.
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