Meet Our Model: Alex B
A bit about you
I was born in Italy, have lived in the UK since I was 19 (practically since yesterday!) I am from a rather international family.
When I was young I wanted to be a dancer but I became an academic instead - got a PhD and then taught at various universities for many years till I became a model.
I model to make a statement about older women and their invisibility, otherwise I would not bother to model at all, there is much about this industry which I don’t like.
I am an agency signed, with Grey Model Agency, a writer and a fashion activist. I am currently writing a book on contemporary fashion in a global context using fashion ‘made in Indonesia’ as a case study, the book will be out in 2020 and is published by Bloomsbury. I also blog.
What's your biggest passion?
I am passionate about ballet as an art form and as a body discipline and practise barre exercises everyday except Sundays. I am still very flexible and at ‘my ripe old age’ I can do splits and backbends, I work hard at it though.
Tell us a secret…
I use a stage name for modelling because I have a long Spanish surname which people - unless they are Spanish speaking- constantly mispronounce so rather than cringe all the time when I hear it I prefer to use my grandmother’s or just the initial B.
It does not seem to cause problems though sometimes people pronounce Bruni to rhyme with the sultanate of Brunei - but I like that, it suddenly lends me an aura of immense wealth as the sultan of Brunei is one of the richest men in the world, according to Forbes.
Measurements for reference
I tend to wear 34in jeans I like my jeans to cover heels and like them wide legged
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