I had to strip for 'creepy men' as a teenage model, says Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung has spoken of the torment she suffers when recalling how she was required to strip in front of ‘creepy men’ as a teenage model.

The 29-year-old model and presenter, said she was routinely expected to turn up at the houses of strangers and pose semi-naked for modelling assignments in the early days of her career.

She said she never told her parents what had happened because she ‘knew it was wrong’.

Speaking to The Times, Miss Chung was asked if she ever asked her parents for advice when she was trying to make her way in the modelling industry.

She said: ‘I actually kept modelling very separate. I never really asked my mum or my dad’s advice during that time and it actually felt like I didn’t want to tell them too much about the reality of what was going on - when I was taking the train to London and being asked to do certain things.

‘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.’

Asked if she had ever been invited to go to a flat in Ilford to model, she replied: ‘Well, you had lots of castings where they were like, “This is for swimwear”, and in hindsight, I look back and think, “Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?”

‘I get flashbacks now. Loads of flashbacks. 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.’
Miss Chung, who has become one of the country’s most successful models, appearing in campaigns for Fanta, Sony, Urban Outfitters, and Tampax, was spotted by London-based modelling agency Storm as a 14-year-old when she was approached on a beach while on holiday in Majorca.

She said: ‘God, did I have low self-esteem then. It had always been my mantra, at school, that as soon as I worried about putting on weight, I had to stop worrying.

‘But, you know, you’d overhear an agent and then they’d call you into a room and tell you to tone up. Which, in retrospect, I probably did need to do, but it’s not what you want to hear as a teenager and not loving life.’

However, the star admitted she was ‘addicted’ to modelling when she first started out in the business.

She said: ‘I was addicted, like a gambler. Yes, I could be making a measly £200 one day but tomorrow I might make a commercial for £300,000.’

Miss Chung, who was raised in a small village in the south of England by her mother English mother Gillian and Chinese father Phil, said that her parents are unimpressed with her career as a model.

source: daily fail (sorry i forgot it last time mods!)