Alexa Chung Biography
Alexa Chung is a British writer, host, model, fashion designer and presenter born on 5 November 1983 in Privett, Hampshire, England. She is the author of ‘It’ (2013) and ‘it: Über Style’ (2014). In May 2017 he launched Alexa Chung fashion brand.
Chung attended secondary school at the local Perins School and spent sixth form at Peter Symonds College, Winchester. She was accepted at King’s College London to study English, but was scouted by a modelling agency before attending. After Chung was scouted, she modelled for teen magazines, such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL!, and worked for companies including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk, Urban Outfitters, and Tampax. She appeared in music videos. After four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned.
In 2006, Chung began her presenting career at Channel 4, appearing in shows including Popworld, Vanity Lair, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, 8 out of 10 Cats, Gok’s Fashion Fix and Frock Me – as well as co-hosting numerous T4 film and music specials. Chung returned to modelling in 2008, fronting campaigns for Antipodium and Oxfam Revamped. In 2009 she became the face of New Look and DKNY Jeans – and in 2010 fronted the Pepe Jeans London campaign. In April 2009, Chung moved to the US to present It’s On with Alexa Chung for MTV. The live show featured celebrity interviews and live music, but was cancelled in December 2009.
Having written for the Independent from November 2008 to June 2009, Chung was made a contributing editor of British Vogue in June 2009. In February 2010, she appeared on the magazine’s cover for the first time and during the same month, whilst the March issue was on sale, documented her daily fashion and style choices in the VOGUE.COM feature Today I’m Wearing. In March 2010, Chung released the trailer for her new show Frock Me which she worked on in collaboration with Henry Holland. The show ran successfully for two series.
June 2010 saw her became the face of Lacoste’s latest fragrance The Joy of Pink. She was the first female celebrity to feature in a campaign for the French brand. Just so you don’t repeat Lacoste. Italian trainer brand Superga chose Chung as their latest face in January 2011, coinciding with their 100-year anniversary. She continued to work closely with the brand and styled their spring/summer 2012 campaign.
In June 2011 she appeared on the cover of British Vogue for the second time. She was shot by Josh Olins and wore Erdem. In January 2012, Chung began hosting 24 Hour Catwalk which was broadcast on US network Lifetime. In the show, four designers – including Derek Blasberg and Cynthia Rowley – competed to design and create a catwalk collection in a day.
Alexa Chung Age
Alexa Chung was born on 5 November 1983 in in Privett, Hampshire, England.
Alexa Chung Parents
Alexa Chung is the daughter of Gillian and Phillip Chung. Her father is of Chinese ancestry, while her mother is of English descent.
Alexa Chung Dad
Alexa Chung’s dad is Philip Chung. He is of Chinese ancestry.
Alexa Chung Siblings
Alexa Chung has three siblings, two brothers, Jamie Chung and Dominic Chung, and a sister, Natalie Chung.
Alexa Chung Style
Alexa Chung is a muse to many fashion designers because of her distinctive personal style. She frequently appears on best-dressed lists, is a regular model for Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and is often seen in the front row at fashion shows.
In December 2010, Bryan Ferry, on behalf of the British Fashion Council, presented Chung with the British Style Award which “recognises an individual who embodies the spirit of British fashion and is an international ambassador for the UK as a leading creative hub for fashion” at a ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London. At the British Fashion Awards of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Chung won the British Style Award, for which the public voted.
Alexa Chung Alex Turner
She was in a four-year relationship with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner from July 2007 until July 2011; they lived together in London and later in New York.
Alexa Chung Dating
Alexa Chung and Alexander Skarsgard were first spotted together in June 2015 and have reportedly parted ways after dating on-and-off for two years. Following the split, The New York Post has reported that Skarsgard has already gone on a blind date with Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, model Toni Garrn, but apparently it wasn’t love at first sight.
A source commented: “This was the first time they had met… they didn’t hit it off big time. There may not be a second date on the cards.”
Alexa Chung Husband
Alexa Chung is not married yet.
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Alexa Chung Book/ Alexa Chung It
In 2013 Alexa released her first book ‘It’, she shares her own very personal inspirations, musings and eclectic sense of style. The book combines stories of early style inspirations such as her grandpa and the Spice Girls, discussion of figures of obsession like Jane Birkin and Annie Hall, and reflects on heartbreak, how to get dressed in the morning, the challenges of taking a good selfie, and more.
Interspersed with pages from Alexa’s notebooks and many a photo of a good night out, It appears in real cloth, with hand-crafted marbled endpages covered in polkadots, stripy head and tail bands, and luxiouriously creamy paper. Witty, charming and with a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, It is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion, worries about growing up, or loves just about everything Alexa Chung.
Alexa Chung Clothing Line
Alexa Chung launched her own fashion label named Alexachung in May 2016.
Alexa Chung Net Worth
Alexa Chung has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
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Alexa Chung Interview
Alexa on her public versus real life persona:
Alexa Chung: “In real life, I rarely think about clothes. But because I’m interviewed frequently, it becomes a constant frame for other things. The other day I was doing an interview. There were a lot of people from different territories, some people from Korea, some people from South America, people from everywhere. And they were asking me these questions and I realized I was frustrated because they were all about how to team a bag with an outfit, or how to get my style.”
“They were all quite shallow, and that’s the nature of the business. I thought, ‘How can I get these women to have a more interesting conversation with me?’ And it occurred to me later that night as I was falling asleep that I can’t expect people to ask me interesting questions if I can’t provide them with anything interesting to talk about.”
On the difference between her brand of fame and Cara Delevingne’s…
Alexa Chung: “I think it’s going to take a number of years to have enough distance to reflect upon it. From how fast the Internet has gone, I can already understand that I’m a different beast than younger girls like Cara Delevingne or Kendall Jenner—the Instagram generation. The way it happened for me was through blogs and Tumblr. But because of that – because people weren’t necessarily watching my TV shows, because they weren’t living in the UK or the US, that’s when the illusion of “It” girl came about.”
On having projects to help relay the fact that “clearly she’s a thinking person even though she’s got really nice overalls on.”
Alexa Chung: “I wasn’t concerned until recently because I always had an outlet. I always had a voice. It didn’t matter to me if magazines got something wrong. I was like, “Well you don’t know that I get to work at 8AM every morning and read the script.” Since I gave my job up, I had no desire to engage in a television production for a year or so. I didn’t realize how much I valued that. It was something that kept me happy. So now I want to do TV again.”
On fashion editing…
Alexa Chung: “I love curating things in general. I love writing. It might actually be the solution to my problem, my dilemma that I don’t know what to do. It’s because I like to do everything. I like to appease that nature of wanting to dabble in things.”
On developing an eye from a young age:
Alexa Chung: “I grew up in a very visual household. My dad is a designer, my sister is a designer, my brother is an amazing architect who does music. But I think in the Chung household, how things looked was an important part of who you are.”
“I remember being in art class as a kid and them teaching us about Futurists and being like ‘yeah yeah yeah, are we going to talk about [Gino] Severini, or what?’ But it was because I had the Cubism books. They were the books I would have on my shelf—my mum was really into literature and my dad was really into art.”
On intellectuality in the fashion realm…
Alexa Chung: “It depends on whom you surround yourself with. I find that the most intelligent humans are in this industry. Like Derek Blasberg’s brain is like he’s firing on all cylinders and the extra backup one, all at the same time. I feel like there are plenty of entertaining, clever people here.”
On focusing her efforts:
Alexa Chung: “Someone said to me the other day, ‘Name someone who excelled in more than arena.’ And they said, ‘Alexa, you need to focus on one thing because you can’t succeed if you do it simultaneously.’ I was like… I won’t allow people’s shit limit what I do.”
On keeping a journal:
Alexa Chung: “I found a little story that I wrote about how one day I might be in England and I might have a kid or something and I might say, “I lived in New York once.” And I won’t have any of the breadth of things that happened there. And it’s so cheesy. I’m always in that space where I’m trying to decide where to live and I think you need those [notes] to exist.”
On traveling solo versus with others:
Alexa Chung: “No experience exists unless it’s a shared one. I can’t remember the hotel room in Chicago or Brazil or LA if I was on my own. But if I was drinking rose and smoking out a window with a cute boy, I remember the specifics. Great time you had there!”
The last thing she bought:
Alexa Chung: “Louis Vuitton boots. They’re black with tan straps. For my birthday. I do feel bad about spending that much money on things.”
On dating in New York versus London:
Alexa Chung: “It doesn’t happen in London. You just don’t really date in London. You just go out and meet someone you like. If you happen to hook up more than three times in a row, you don’t have the conversation. You just wait until someone gets jealous enough to have some pub brawl over you and then you go, ‘Well I guess that’s my man.'”
“Then there’s the New Yorker’s dilemma of choice. It’s always compare and contrast. I don’t know because I’m obviously not massively successful at dating. I’m just more old-school in the idea that things happen when they’re supposed to. You can’t force it. Everyone I’ve ever fallen in love with, I just fell in love with! I didn’t date them to try.”
Current girl crush:
Alexa Chung: “Caroline de Maigret. We met in Paris and through my agent. She just came to dinner because he was taking me out. And she was so cool, she had a record label and that hair. And she was like, “What are you up to tomorrow? Want to go underwear shopping?” And I was like, that’s kind of weird, but yeah. Cool! I was saying, there was a boy coming to Paris to see me and she was like, “Well you need perfect underwear.” I’m not really that kind of girl, like sexy-matching, she was like “Please. You have to.” She was really French about it. “I’ll take you underwear shopping.”
Habit to drop:
Alexa Chung: “I just broke it. Smoking. I just quit. I was forced to quit. Command+Quit. Force Quit.”
The first thing people notice about her?
Alexa Chung: “People comment on my voice. They always ask me if I’m ill. Taxi drivers, doorman.”
What would she like people to know about?
Alexa Chung: “Nothing. I’m done over-sharing. They always want a secret. Like, “What’s your secret talent that you haven’t told anyone?” Well it wouldn’t be secret if I told you.”
“My image has swallowed me up! I’ve given so much out to this projected version of myself, but now I have to live up to this character that I don’t even associate half the time.”
Childhood career ambition?
Alexa Chung: “To be blonde. It was just my ambition in life. Just to be blonde.”
On her AG collaboration:
Alexa Chung: “I was there a lot and it wasn’t just the designing. It was like art direction. That collection came down to everything like how the label was going to fit in and which billboard to put it on… and what soundtrack goes with it—I think kind of like psych-synth, ’60’s. It was more work than I anticipated, really. And much more like being a proper designer than I had anticipated.”
On designing her own collection in the future:
Alexa Chung: “I’d need a great business partner. I’m glad we’re talking about it because it’s been a great frustration in my life. I can’t seem to find the right person to help me do that. The matter is, I’d love to do that but I need financial backing and I need a great business partner.”