'Follow the Model,' Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power...
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Booking it: J. Alexander tells it like it is and the boy can talk... I know!
Dear Diary: Reading "Follow the Model" by my old friend, assistant stylist / sidekick, former partner in bettering the crimes of fashion is just like sitting around and talking to Alex, ummm Miss J.
Well, we've already gone through this- he has as many names as he has fabulous steps. He is Alex to me as his real name is Alexander Jenkins but others also know him as Jay. Then there is J. Alexander from his modeling days and Miss J to those who know him from "Americas Next Top Model." The book will explain...
"Follow the Model" is a steady stream of consciousness. A long and winding journey that is colored with words so dense with visuals that you feel like you share each experience with him- short of his hilarious in-the-flesh impersonations, that is. If he weren't on ANTL, he'd probably be on SNL.
I've never been very good at working with people bereft of personality- life is too short to be bored to death. I prefer to surround myself with creative-minded people who are inspirational and entertaining. When I was a stylist, my posse may have had a bit too much personality, if that was ever possible.A blast from our past. I found these photos when I was trying to dig out a photo of us together for
A blast from our past. I found these photos when I was trying to dig out a photo of us together for "Follow the Model". Instead, I found these photos of Alexander Jenkins (J. Alexander), Brad Boles, Michael Stein, and myself.
I first met Alex, through Richard Nahem, back at Studio 54 on the infamous night when we both broke the heel on our Charles Jourdan pumps. Richard and Alex knew each other from working at Bergdorf Goodman in the Delman shoe department. I was still in school. Yes, we were all proudly underage at 54 and the FocusOnStyle art director, Vincent Gagliostro was my favorite dance partner!Archive photo of J. Alexander
Archive photo of J. Alexander
Later when I became a stylist, Brad Boles, the makeup artist and now cast member on "The Real Housewives of New York," and I teamed up with North Rebis on hair as a styling trio for makeup, hair and fashion. Alex was coincidentally North's roommate so we were back in touch. When Alex wasn't looking gorgeous about town in gowns of his own design, he was pulling photo shoot samples for me as an assistant stylist. Yes, there always was some backseat modeling tips from him on photo shoots to keep the models doing what they should be doing-- think of it as the precursor to being a runway coach. During the times when Alex wasn't around Michael Alan Stein, Philip Bloch, Veronika Ming, and Jo-Anne McFarlane were some my stylist assistants. I told you that it was a colorful crew!Archive photo of J. Alexander
In "Follow the Model," Alex shares some stories about how we met and worked together. He tells of a particularly racially disturbing incident when he was treated so offensively while returning couture samples for me at a major designer boutique. Bet that same designer would be kissing Alex's bunions today just to have him walk into his store again!
Watch: J. Alexander video on FocusOnStyle.com