Alexa Chung has spoken out about the more sinister side of the fashion industry. Recalling her early days as a model, Chung said that she was frequently made to strip for ‘creepy men’.
Speaking to The Times, the fashionista recalled,
“I never really asked my mum or 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…” said if I’d done it, I won’t tell my mum because I know that’s wrong.”
“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 18year 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.”