Spreading his Wings

A 'Cosmopolitan' photo layout is just the latest prize for Central Point's 'Supermodel' winner

The smiling face of the Central Point teen who won the finale of Bravo's 2009 "Make Me a Supermodel" reality TV show last month appears on the pages of Cosmopolitan this month.

The photos of Branden Rickman in the fashion spread called "Motorcycle Diaries" by photographer Dean Isidro mark the 19-year-old's debut in a national fashion periodical.

"This solidifies the potential he has in this industry," said his agent, Teresa Pollman, owner and president of Medford-based IMD Imaging & Modeling Development. "He's a great looking guy, very all-American. That spread in Cosmo shows how he can look in a magazine. He has a lot more to come after this."

Rickman, who spent 13 weeks competing to become a supermodel, sports some casual garments ranging from a plaid shirt to a leather jacket described as "a little bit of country and a lot of rock 'n' roll."

He is mainly in the scenes to accentuate model Hannah Davis — who has golden, wind-blown locks and sun-kissed skin.

In one scene in the arid Palmdale terrain near Los Angeles, he gives Hannah a ride on a motorcycle while wearing a black and white helmet and a natural white henley by Elizabeth and James. In another, he sits casually in Levi's and a Double RL plaid shirt as he watches her strut her stuff at a pool table.

"It was amazing," Rickman said. "It was an awesome time doing the photo shoot and a good feeling to be in a well-known magazine."

The storyline of the spread is written like a diary on each page. It's about a girl who is taken out by her best friend, and in the end, they strike up a romance, Rickman said.

The crew worked from about 8 a.m. to midnight for three days on the photo shoot, he said.

"We went to different areas, and I had to learn how to ride a motorcycle," he said.

Rickman rose to the status of supermodel from a blue-collar background in a town of fewer than 17,000 people. After winning the Bravo competition, he was awarded $100,000 and a contract with New York Model Management.

He also has signed with Wilhemina L.A. and has been living in Los Angeles. He plans to move to Germany later this month to try to break into the international market.

On Sunday, he'll speak to about 2,000 kids who aspire to be models or actors at the IMTA New York auditions, where he got his start.

"A year ago he was sitting in the audience listening to other people about how they got their start," Pollman said.

Rickman said his ultimate goal is to go into acting.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.