Presumably the same thing that was in the mind of designer Klein, whose sales jumped after the Shields campaign debuted last summer. "Brooke is the most beautiful girl in the world," he says. "She can portray many characters, from a teenager to a very sophisticated woman." But in real life Brooke remains a typical kid, with a 10 o'clock curfew. Director Franco Zeffirelli stopped work for a week on her eighth and latest film, Endless Love, so that she could take exams. No movie challenge has seemed more momentous to her than her tryout for the high school cheerleading squad (she made it). Her idea of a swinging time includes a mocha chocolate chip ice cream binge and a giggly overnight with her girlfriends. In her heart of hearts, boys still run second to horses.
"Brooke will be a very happy adult," predicts Lila Wisdom. "She wants to go to college, get married and have children." Meanwhile her manager mother, Teri Shields, keeps angling to make her little (5'10½") girl richer. She has signed Brooke on as the first teen model for Wella Balsam. Teri is also reviewing three "very promising" screenplays for the actress who just leaped ahead of Tatum O'Neal and made the top 10 box office list of actresses. "If I ever get an award, it will be for the kid who has been in show business longest," sighs Brooke, an Ivory Snow baby at 11 months. "But I don't feel exploited. I love my life."