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Alexa Chung

  • English journalist
  • Born November 5, 1983

Alexa Chung (born 5 November 1983) is a British writer, television presenter, model, and fashion designer. She has authored the books It (2013) and it: Über Style (2014), and launched her eponymous fashion brand in May 2017.


I'm not 100% nice all the time, so I find it quite hard to be really pleasant.




Stick to the classics, and you can't ever go wrong. I see old ladies on the street who have fabulous style and realize it's because they are probably wearing really classic items that they've had for years and years. I think if you find something that suits you, you should just stick to it.




My look is pretty low maintenance, I have a great team around me for hair and make-up, and they have also taught me some great tricks over the years for when I'm doing my own.




I think it's every girl's dream, a little bit, to be a model because it seems from the outside to be a glamorous industry and I was really into fashion, and I remember just being excited and wanting to be part of that.




I didn't mean to be a TV presenter, I just hated modeling. It feels very odd that it's turned into this 'It-girl' thing. What does that even mean? I wear clothes and I go out. It's so weird.




I worry all the time that I'm going to run out of ideas, you know? I always tell my mom my fashion ideas, because I know she'll remember them.




I'm interested in aesthetics, in the way things look, in finding something in an image that maybe people haven't seen.




It's funny because I think that both France and Britain are known for their distinctive styles, and everyone says that France is so chic and elegant but I think, more than that, French women are renowned for dressing in what suits them.




When I was a model, I started with an opinion, but was encouraged to lose it. It began as play-acting, but then I lost sight of myself a bit: so when I did the audition for 'Popworld' and they asked my opinion, I felt like crying with happiness.




I would get very bored if I just did one thing.




I'm really interested in photography, like every other human being.




I'd love to interview Mick Jagger, but that might be scary.




Not everything happens for a reason. Sometimes life just sucks.




I think Maje typifies that French vibe where it's simple items that are very practical, very wearable but also, like, incredibly chic and expensive-looking.




I've come to terms with the fact that if you're on TV, lots of people like you and lots of people hate you, and once you're OK with that, you apply it to everything.




I've got an allergy to looking too neat.




If I'm doing my hair myself, I just wash it and let it naturally dry. I'm actually quite good at doing hair; if I wear it up I usually do it myself.




I mix my own lipsticks, so I don't really keep track of the brand as it's usually a number of them I've smushed together.




At school, a careers adviser asked me what I wanted to be, and I said 'fashion journalist,' so writing for 'Vogue' has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill a dream.




I'm not preaching about things you should do, I'm not political or anything. I'm probably not the best role model.




London Fashion Week is so different from any of the others. Compared to the strictness in New York, London seems freer from commercial constraints. Truer to the process, to street style, to a sense of humour.




I'm never going to be one of those people who is good at organization. But I'm very visual. I have a catalog in my head of things I already own, so it's easy to shop and I always know exactly what I'm looking for.




When I was going to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, I'd often walk down the street and go into all the different shops that we didn't necessarily have in the U.K., and Maje was definitely one of the ones that stood out for me.




I prefer using cream-based products on my skin. I love having that summery dewy skin - I like using cream blushers as well.




I think it's cool that London Fashion Week is about young designers trying wacky things.




I didn't moisturise when I was younger, but when I got to 27 I decided to start slathering myself in oil, and now I'm obsessed with moisturising.




My dad cut my hair once - I wanted a bob and he gave me a bowl cut. That was a tough few years.




My father taught me how to draw horses - for this I shall be eternally grateful.




I get to work with great photographers, wear lovely clothes, be part of the creative process.




I play guitar a bit. I'm trying to learn drums - I feel like I can play violin. I've never tried, but I just feel like I can.




I don't like it when people don't know the difference between 'their', 'they're', 'there'.




If my boyfriend finds me sexy, then I don't need that kind of male attention from anyone else.



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