Thursday 19 April 2018

Alexa Chung on modelling's dark side

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Alexa Chung attends the Costume Institute Gala for the
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Alexa Chung attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Alexa Chung attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Alexa Chung attends the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2013 at Grosvenor House, on June 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Alexa Chung, wearing Miu Miu, attends Catherine Martin And Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby Opening Cocktail on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Prada)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Alexa Chung as seen on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic)

Bibby Sowray

The style icon has revealed she once was asked to strip in someone's front room for a swimwear shoot at the age of 18.

She's spoken previously of her low self-esteem and negative experiences as a fledgling model, and how they made her nurture her sarcastic wit because of the terrible time she was having traipsing form one casting to another, but now she's admitted that there was an even darker side to the experience.

Speaking to The Times , she has revealed she was often put in awkward positions where she was asked to do things that she knew were "wrong", such as strip in someone's front room for a swimwear casting when she was just 18.

"I already knew it was wrong. So, you know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford, and, you know, 'Take your clothes off...' and if I'd have done it, I won't tell my mum because I know that's wrong," she admitted.

Chung also said she kept the experiences from her parents, saying she "didn't want to tell them too much about the reality of what was going on."

Now 29 and a successful TV presenter, model and style icon, Alexa was spotted and signed up by modelling agency Storm at the age of 16.

"I get flashbacks now. Loads of flashbacks," she said of how the experience still haunts her. "I'll be reminded of something because I've sort of blocked it out and I don't really think of those days. Like, recently, I was like, "Oh my God. That's so not on."

As seen on Telegraph.co.uk

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