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Alexa Chung (born 5 November 1983) is an English television presenter, model and

contributing editor at British Vogue.


1 Early life
2 Career
o 2.1 Modelling
o 2.2 TV presenting
o 2.3 Print journalist
o 2.4 Style
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links

Early life[edit]
Chung was born in Privett, Hampshire, the daughter of Gillian, a housewife, and Philip
Chung, a graphic designer. Her father is of three quarters Chinese descent, while her mother
is of English background.[2] 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 read English, but was scouted by a modelling agency before attending and chose
to pursue modelling instead.[3]

Chung was approached in the comedy tent at the Reading Festival at age 16[4] and was
taken on by the London-based Storm Model Management. She modelled for teen
magazines, such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL!, and worked for companies
including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk, Urban Outfitters, and Tampax.[5] She appeared
inmusic videos for artists including the Streets, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Reuben and Holly
Valance and starred as Jake in a scripted reality show called Shoot Me, broadcast
on Fashion TV in 2005. After four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning
an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned. She had
developed a "distorted body image" and "low self-esteem" through modelling.[6]
After becoming a TV personality, Chung made a return to occasional modelling. In 2008, she
was the face of Australian fashion label Antipodium's SS 2008 collection andOxfam's ethical
fashion range, Revamped. In September 2008, Chung walked the catwalk as part of
the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2009 show atLondon Fashion Week. In

early 2009, she became the face of British High Street giant New Look. Chung then joined
London-based modelling agency, Select Model Management, and, in April 2009, she
modelled Wren's Holiday 2009 collection, alongside her friend Tennessee Thomas. In July
2009, Chung moved to NEXT Model Management and became the face
of DKNY Jeans.[7] Chung was the face of South Koreanbrand MOGG's SS10 campaign. In
January 2010, she became the main model of the SS10 Pepe Jeans London campaign and
later reprised her role for the FW10 campaign.[8] She was announced as the first celebrity
face of Lacoste in June 2010, appearing in both the TV and print advertising campaigns for
their "Joy of Pink" fragrance.[9] In January 2011, Chung was announced as the face of Italian
sneaker brandSuperga, in a campaign to mark their 100th anniversary.[10] In February 2012,
she took part in the London Fashion Week show for designer Stella McCartney, where she
acted as a guest assistant to magician Hans Klok in a number of illusions including being
levitated and sawed in half.[11][12][13]

TV presenting[edit]
In April 2006, the then-model Chung was offered the job of co-host
on Popworld on Channel 4, a music show known for its irreverent and awkward style of
interviews. Chung and co-host Alex Zane also presented a weekly radio show
called Popworld Radio.[14] The last show aired in July 2007, after Channel 4 decided not to
recommission the programme, after nearly seven years.[15] Following this, Chung signed a
year-long "golden handcuffs" deal with Channel 4 in August 2007, worth 100,000.[16] As part
of this deal, she guest presented Big Brother's Big Mouth and appeared as a panellist
on quiz show 8 out of 10 Cats. She hosted a number of T4 Movie Specials, 4Music
Specials, T4 Holiday Mornings along with T4's coverage of many music festivals.[17]
In January 2008, Chung became one of the four anchor T4 presenters. She hosted
T4s Vanity Lair, a reality show investigating the concept of "beauty". When the show was
mentioned in a later interview, "Chung raises her eyebrows, indicating embarrassment".[18] As
well as her work on T4, she became a long-time host of Channel 4s early morning music
programme Freshly Squeezed beginning in September 2007. In addition to her Channel 4
commitments, Chung presented the ITV1 series Get a Grip (2007) and BBC Three's The
Wall (2008). In mid-2008, Chung began to host more fashion-oriented programming. She
was the "roving reporter" on Channel 4's "Gok's Fashion Fix".[19] On the programme, Chung
roadtested the latest fashion trends with members of the public, and interviewed fashion
designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Margherita
Missoni and Christian Lacroix. She described it as "pretty much my dream job".[18] Chung
also hosted a T4 fashion and music show called Frock Me, with fashion designerHenry
Holland.[20] In 2009, Chung was awarded the Elle Style Award for "Best TV Presenter"

and Glamours award for Best TV Presenter in 2009. Also in 2009, she received Glamour's
at the magazine's annual award ceremony.
Chung left Channel 4 and the United Kingdom in April 2009 to pursue a US career. She
presented It's On with Alexa Chung for MTV. The live, daily showbilled as TRL's
replacementfeatured celebrity talk, live music and online interaction with viewers. The
show was cancelled in December 2009.[21] She returned to UK TV screens in April 2010 with
a second series of Frock Me. In October 2010, she began hosting Gonzo With Alexa Chung,
an informal British chat show previously hosted by Zane Lowe, for MTV Rocks.[22] In January
2011, she co-hosted NBC's "2011 Golden Globe Arrivals Special" with Carson
Daly and Natalie Morales. The live show featured interviews with television and film stars as
well as segments devoted to fashion on the red carpet.[23] Chung presented the iTunes
Festival in July 2011.[24] Chung has since worked on 24 Hour Catwalk, acting as the host and
a judge. In 2012, Chung soon became the founding co-host for the nightly music show Fuse
News. In December 2013, it was announced that Chung would be leaving Fuse News to
focus on other endeavours, leaving new host, Georgie Okell, in her place.[25]

Print journalist[edit]
Chung wrote a monthly column for British women's magazine Company from October 2007
to June 2008. She then wrote a weekly newspaper column for Britain's The
Independent from November 2008 to June 2009, entitled "Girl About Town" and later "New
York Doll". In June 2009, she was made a contributing editor of British Vogue and has
interviewed designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Kane for the publication.
Chung's first book, It, was released on 5 September 2013.

Chung is a muse to many fashion designers because of her distinctive personal style.[26] 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 2009, the designer handbag
company Mulberry created the "Alexa", a much sought-after bag named after and inspired by
her.[27] In January 2010, she was named in Tatler's top 10 best-dressed list.[28] In February
2010, Chung collaborated with J.Crew's Madewell on a womenswear line which was
unveiled during New York Fashion Week.[29] She collaborated with Madewell for a second
collection, released in September 2011.
Vogue's Anna Wintour has described Chung as "a phenomenon"[30] while the New York
Times has declared her "the Kate Moss of the new generation".[31] Chanel designer Karl
Lagerfeld has described her as "beautiful and clever...a modern girl".[32] 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.[33] At the British Fashion Awards of 2011, 2012 and 2013,
Chung won the British Style Award, for which the public voted.[34]

Personal life[edit]
Chung lived with fashion photographer David Titlow, twenty years her senior, for three-anda-half years until their breakup in 2006.[35] She was in a four-year relationship with Arctic
Monkeys frontman Alex Turnerfrom July 2007[36][37] until July 2011,[38] living in both London
and New York together. Following their split, Chung purchased a flat in the East Village in
New York City.[39][40] Chung has stated that she and Turner remain "best friend(s)."