Born in Kettering, Ohio, Brooklyn Decker is the daughter of Tessa (née Moore), a nurse, and Stephen Decker, a pacemaker seller. She and her family moved to Middletown, Ohio, then a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. As a teenager, she was discovered in a shopping mall in Charlotte. Decker began her modeling career as the face of Mauri Simone, a manufacturer of dresses for ceremonies. She won the Model of the Year in 2003 at the Model Convention connections and talents. In an interview in January 2011 in Self magazine, Decker stated that she suffered from an eating disorder. Brooklyn is a huge fan of the Carolina Panthers, based in the Charlotte, North Carolina NFL team (American football) professional.