Autostraddle Calendar Girls 2013: Brittany is Miss July

Another year, another opportunity to create a kickass calendar of smokin’ hot lesbians. If you’ve not picked up the 2012 calendar yet, now would be the time — they’re available for the post-holiday price of $10! For 2013 we did something completely different yet totally spectacular.

Are you ready to meet the 2013 Calendar Girls?

video edited by Sarah Croce and Lauren Aadland

Now, onward and upward — here’s Robin!

Artist’s Statement:

For the 2013 Autostraddle Calendar, we put on our bathing suits and hit the water! My goal this year was to do a black and white series that was playful, sexy, and all about the women. I sought to capture images that would reflect the models’ feelings of freedom and comfort in their own skin. We chose a simple expanse of sand and water where the horizon is somewhat indistinguishable, and it was the perfect setting for a very personal and introspective look at each of these extraordinary women.

As a photographer, photographing an entire day at the beach is a great challenge. You need to maintain consistency as the light changes drastically throughout the day and the tides ebb and flow. This adds an interesting element in the images as over the course of the day, we watched them play and interact from sunrise to sunset. We closed the day with some very quiet, intimate interactions between the women who’d come to know each other over the course of those hours.

I love coming away from these shoots knowing that all of these women are now friends, and I hope that these images reflect those bonds formed.

A huge thank you to our beautiful models and our amazing crew for a job well-done. A special thank you to stylist and co-producer Sara Medd for being my partner in this project.

Robin, Photographer

Robin Roemer, Photographer and Co-producer
Sara Medd, Stylist and Co-producer
Sarah Croce, Production coordinator and video
Lauren Aaland, video
Alex Vega, designer
Christina Natale, Make-up
Brandi Andrews, Make-up
Taylor Stevenson, Hair
Michelle McCaw, Hair
Sabrina Bringuier, Photo Assistant

Our July Lady is Brittany:

Brittany in her own words:

Hey Hey!! My name is Brittany Wiener. I’m a 23 year-old Taurus, loving life with every twist and turn. I was born and raised in New York, but I currently live in the crazy world of Los Angeles.

I enjoy good music, experimental cooking, and pushing people’s buttons to see how far they’ll go. My hair usually changes faster than I take my showers but I love the thrill of a change. I have a strong passion for taking care of others and I absolutely love the medical field. I have been a Nurse for about four years now and continuing school to further my nursing and eventually get my doctorate. I am one of those chicks that makes tons of lists to remind myself of what I need to get done and I tend to find myself cleaning my room more than I get undressed in it.

I believe life is about making the best out of every situation and to cherish everything that comes your way as it is a life lesson. I appreciate my friends and family very much and especially Autostraddle for choosing me to be a part of this inspiring project.+

Robin’s Phoner with Brittany


So first off thanks for being the star of the shoot. I used lots of your images in the art show!

No worries. Did you really? That’s so awesome! and of course — I had an awesome time so thank you for having me!

You were super comfortable in front of the camera, have you always been that way?

My mother would say yes. As for me, I feel like I’m usually shy at first. But I take direction well! You also made me feel very comfortable which helped a whole lot.

You did lots of crazy handstands, I hear you used to be a gymnast? Is this true?

Yes! I competed a little bit when I was a lot younger, but stopped because I started getting into a lot of other sports. I got back into gymnastics this year though, which has been super fun!

Very cool. What else do you do for fun?

I love sports. I’m pretty good at soccer and volleyball. I also love to hike and workout.

Tell me about your profession. You’re a nurse or caretaker right?

I’m a nursing assistant now, and finishing school soon to get my RN, then I’ll take steps to become a nurse practitioner. It’s important to me that I don’t skip straight to being a nurse practitioner, because I feel like I’ll learn so much from the hands-on experience I’ll have with my patients by being an RN.

That must be really rewarding, do you find yourself getting attached to your patients?

Yes and no. I work in a hospital, so my patients come and go. But I always make sure they are comfortable and they trust me since its not a place anyone wants to be. It is a very rewarding job.

Ok on to some fun questions… Do you have a type?

The type I prefer is someone who is smart, funny, goal-oriented and older than I am. As far as the looks go, that changes. A beautiful woman who can throw a football is the type I go for.

So who is your celebrity dream date?

Hmm celebrity dream date… Mila Kunis!

Love her.

Sooo extremely beautiful.

This might be a bizarre question, but I saw you chillin’ with your mom at The Abbey last time I was in LA.. Are you guys close? I thought that was so adorable and wonderful.

Yes! We can be close at times — we have the usual mother and daughter bickering, but she loves The Abbey and supports the whole LGBT community.

That’s really cool to have a supportive mom! I hope she loves your photos!

I’m sure she will!

Special Note: As of December 2010, we request that the comments on Calendar Girls posts, unlike every other post on this site, be exclusively positive. These posts exist to celebrate women, so any shit-talking or criticisms of the model’s appearance will get deleted. Direct concerns about the project or website as a whole can be directed to robin at autostraddle dot com or riese at autostraddle dot com!

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Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

Robin has written 82 articles for us.


  1. Wow…just WOW. It’s like Frankie from Lip Service became super intelligent, compassionate and athletic. Dare I say, this is the perfect woman? Yeah, I’ll go there…

    • Well, if you are ever in her vicinity, just throw it in her direction (without hitting her of course), while on the beach and then yeah… *insert I’m so innocent, but obvious pick-up line and trying to be funny all at once* “Oh, I’m… I’m so sorry, I really need to learn to throw a football. Lately I’ve been throwing it toward people I find attractive… I mean… errr… I love your hair, it’s really nice….”

      Oh and if that doesn’t work, make sure you start doing lunges right in front of her, as if the beach is your very own gym. Also, don’t forget to bring (or borrow) some cute fluffy animal along with you because no one can resist the cute factor of a fluffy animal.

      • You sound like the perfect wingwoman. Can you please just follow me around and help me pick up girls?

        • Haha, unfortunately I’m a wingwoman only in my head and on the internet, I could never pull that off in reality with a random stranger. I’m actually true to your own moniker, a fellow lone wolf, FOREVER ALONE in shyness/being an introvert. I’m not one to initiate, although I can handle situations after someone else initiates. If I had to initiate, that would be a disaster, I’d probably have some toothpaste crust on my lips, my hair would be all kinds of fucked up and I’d probably have some wet stain (*ahem* water) around my crotch that would totally ruin the moment, LOL. I’m not sure you’d want me following you around after all that, it might have reverse effects, like kryptonite.

          • I’m not shy just very independent so we could definitely make this work- you can be the ideas girl and I’ll be the go-up-to-chicks-and-make-a-dick-of-myself girl.

          • Ditto on independent as well. Operation pick-up chicks sounds like a plan! Here is the “brilliant” idea… since I actually know how to throw a football, I’ll throw it at you, then as you are trying to catch it, you “mysteriously” trip over something. *this is where your thespian skills come into play* Then you feign being hurt, as you clutch your leg in fetal position. Magically, her nursing skills come to rescue you, then bam! You haz a girlfriend! *gong clash*

  2. So…I haven’t been able to load pictures on Autostraddle since the meltdown. Is it just me? I’m using Firefox (not sure what version)

    • Try going to the place where you would go to clear your browser history and delete your cookies. Worked like a charm for me!

  3. Wow. Gorgeous! And I love your hair. I think nursing is a wonderful, and sexy, profession.

      • The prettiest songs to me are usually sad folk/rock songs, so when I wrote that it was “Moving Mountains” by Thrice. But right now it’s actually “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. :)

  4. I would leave a coherent comment but between the heat in this room and the heat in my…uh…

    …I guess that about sums up my feelings on the matter.

  5. “I guess I’m a dyke in a dress!”
    You can be whatever you want. Preferably “in my bed.”

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