British model/TV presenter Alexa Chung is almost as well known for her quirky sense of personal style as she is for her career moves. In view of that, the New York Times decided to explore Chung’s sense of style, her inspiration, her career ups-and-downs, and what sets her apart from other trendsetters, over a meal in New York City. As it turns out, there is plenty to discover about Ms Chung, so we suggest you read the entire article. In the meantime, however, here are five things we discovered about Alexa that you might not already know:
1. Her ombré hair is inspired by Kurt Cobain.
“I said ‘I want to look like Kurt Cobain,’ ” said Ms. Chung, 26. “I said, ‘I’m going to America and they’re going to try and make my hair shiny and I don’t want it. I want to look like Kurt Cobain.’”
“All of my beauty icons are men,” she said in her throaty alto. “It’s all about effortlessness. It’s all about looking underdone.”
2. She does not employ a stylist.
Corin Nelson, who was an executive producer and show runner for “It’s On With Alexa Chung,” said that while television hosts typically wear what is picked for them, Ms. Chung said the clothes that were bought for her weren’t really her style. So she dressed herself each morning instead, mixing her own vintage items, like high-waist Levi’s denim shorts, with Chanel booties, new T-shirts and sweaters.
3. She is inspired more by her father than her mother.
She said she inherited from her father, a graphic designer, an eye for good proportion. “I just apply that to clothes,” she said. “And I’m dressing for my body. So it’s very flattering that other people might want to borrow my style, but really it’s just making the most of what personally suits me, which is that I’ve got a long skinny leg and no boobs. So I dress to accommodate that.”
4. She found modeling disappointing.
“I can’t express how bored I was and how my self-esteem just diminished,” Ms. Chung said. “I felt worthless because I was doing a job that had nothing to do with my own merit. It was to do with something that was given to me by my parents.”
“The most beautiful girls in the world that I met while I was modeling were also the most depressed,” she said.
5. She finds fame strange.
“No kind of parenting can prepare you for how odd it is to be in front of a baying mob of flashbulbs and having to act natural or pose,” she said. “And I’m really bad at being elegant and graceful and doing this sort of thing.”
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