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Thursday 10 July 2014

Alexa Chung: Modelling made me sarcastic

Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung says she became "quite sarcastic" through modelling but believes this helped her be successful on TV.

The British star believes her negative experience as a model helped prepare her for a career in TV.

Alexa recently landed a job as a presenter on Fuse News, a TV show that launched in February devoted entirely to music.

"I think it was good that I was having a bit of a sh*t time because it made me quite sarcastic," Alexa told Grazia Daily. "As a 22-year-old model type, they’re not really expecting you to be like, ‘Here’s the thing, Paul McCartney.'”

The 29-year-old is known for her individual style. She is often featured on best-dressed lists, has appeared on the cover of fashion bibles such as Vogue and is a regular addition on the front row at catwalk shows. She says people are often surprised to find out she does more than just attend fashion events.

"None of my American mates know that I’m really a TV host. They were like ‘What? I thought you just sort of went to fashion shows and stuff.’ And I was like ‘Well, yes. But other things as well,'" Alexa shared.

As well as TV presenting, Alexa has a hidden talent for music. She has already landed high profile DJing gigs, where she's spun discs for the likes of Stella McCartney. Alexa shared an anecdote from the experience, during which Marianne Faithfull gave her relationship advice.

"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," Alexa shared. "I was DJing at this thing for Stella McCartney [during Paris Fashion Week] and I was like, ‘Marianne, I’m having boy troubles.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, darling.'”

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