HAMLET — When Lorie Brackhahn and fiancée Greg Tew surprised their daughter Meghan McKenzie and her friend Addsion Brown with a trip to Baltimore for the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, neither of the 12-year-old girls expected to be approached for an interview with Covergirl — but that’s exactly what happened just before the game.
As the four passed the many vendors on the way to their stadium seats, Meghan said they noticed a large Covergirl display and walked over to check it out.
“At first they were giving us free lipsticks and stuff,” she said. “We had got one and then we kept on walking and they were looking for someone to interview. I glanced at them and then they were like, ‘Yeah, come on over here!’ And I was so scared.”
Addison said as the girls approached, she imagined they “just wanted to talk about makeup.”
“But then they started asking us questions about football,” she said.
“They were like, ‘What do you think about football, and what’s your favorite team,’” Meghan said. “They asked what we thought about girls not being able to play football and stuff like that.”
Asked whether either of them were interested in football careers, both girls shook their heads and said, “No.”
Meghan answered that she liked football and that it is entertaining, but Addison explained, “We’re girls, but we still know our stuff about football.”
Meghan said she sometimes plays tag football and has fun doing that.
Brackhahn said after the interview, a Covergirl representative asked her to sign papers allowing them to use the girls’ responses and images in promotional materials.
“I thought, ‘They’re probably not going to use them,’ you know,” she explained. “So then, the next thing I know…somebody emailed me and said they’d actually used their picture in the video. And the lady’s name was Lesley Visser. She actually was the first female NFL broadcaster. She’s actually in the Covergirl video that their picture is in.”
The YouTube video, called “Introducing Rantin’ and Raven with Lesley Visser,” has been viewed nearly 1 million times on Facebook since it was posted Sunday. The girls fade in at the four-second mark and are on screen in a slowed-down five-second clip.
Meghan said she hoped the exposure will be helpful in her dream to break into show business.
“I want to be an actor when I grow up,” she said. “I want to be on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I’d probably be a walker. I can turn my foot all the way backwards and walk.”
Addison said she wants to be an anesthesiologist when she grows up.
Meghan said her teacher, Ms. Peele, had seen the video — but other than that, neither girl has been approached about it at school so far.
Brackhahn said her daughter thought the best part of the experience was having been selected from among the thousands of people who attended the game.
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