Title: Follow the Model
Author: J. Alexander
Paperback: 231 pages
Publisher: Gallery (October 12, 2010)
Copyright 2009- www.SimonandSchuster.com
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J. Alexander seems to have all he could ever want and more. He is a fabulous runway coach and has helped many women take over the runway with fierceness! He’s had great success with 15 seasons as a judge and mentor on America’s Next Top Model, and he has recently added author to his many successes in his first released book, so cleverly titled Follow the Model.
In Follow the Model, we learn what it was like to work with Life in the Fab Lane star, Kimora Lee Simmons and how he demanded her attention. He also touches on how he was the first person that was contacted by Tyra Banks and her mother, and they pitched the idea of one of the most successful modeling shows ever!
Although he makes it look easy when he critiques the women on their style of walk and how they should present themselves on the catwalk, easy is far from the truth. He had to work hard and smart in order to live his dream and have others see his vision and accept it in fashion industry that can sometimes be very critical.
In Follow the Model, J Alexander shares with you how he became the fashion “divo” that is him. As a six-foot-four gay black man, you can best believe that he got a lot of eye-cutting and trash talking thrown his way, but being a young man from the Bronx, he knew just how to handle it: by lifting his head and raising his shoulders, and making the streets his runway, literally. Basically, he let his attitude (and maybe a few choice words) do all the talking, and that is what made him in demand.
J Alexander shares one of his most memorable moments of being discovered when he was strutting down the street of Madison Avenue and a manager at Giorgio Armani stopped him and told him to immediately head to Bergdorf department store and try out for a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show. Needless to say, he made it. And that was just the beginning.
J. Alexander does a great job at introducing himself as the man that a role model that has a wealth of information to share with young women that are venturing into the fashion industry. The self-proclaimed nerd with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things fashion shares a wealth of information and experience that he has gathered over the years, it is no surprise that he has enough wisdom to share with people who are aspiring to enter into the world of fashion. Some of my favorite fashion wisdoms that he had to offer are:
- Listen to your mother- “You may think that your mother is an overbearing hassle when she calls you five times a day to check up on you, but trust me, her ulterior motive is to help mold you into a better person.”
- Stay in school- “You never know when the random things that you are taught are going to apply to your own situation.”
- Take every opportunity- “If anyone offers you a job at something that you never thought that you would be good at, try it out anyway. That person obviously sees a quality in you that you’ve somehow missed in yourself.”
He also gave models really great tips like how they should not try to create a signature walk, some of the best models that have ever graced the catwalk, how to stand out in the crowd and what it means to be a the most important model of all—a role model. Yes, J. Alexander thinks that every person should give back to their community and do their best to help others. True beauty comes from your actions, your attitude towards others and your morality.
This book is definitely recommended for those that are looking for a little inspiration and motivation to make it happen. Everyone needs a little pick me up and who better to kick you in the caboose than J. Alexander.