Follow the Model : Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-20
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
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How does a six-foot-four, Bronx-born black gay male become Queen of the Catwalk? In one word: attitude. Beloved by millions of fans for his outrageous wit, spot-on critiques, and irrepressible flair, J. Alexander, affectionately known as Miss J, has helped groom hundreds of wannabe models as a runway coach and judge onAmerica's Next Top Model, as well as coaching such supermodels as Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, and Kimora Lee. But his empowering, no-nonsense advice applies far beyond the runway. And in this inspiring guide he shows women not just how to walk, but how to live the Miss J way -- fully and fabulously.As witheringly funny in print as he is in person, Miss J recounts a remarkable life and career that began with creating couture knockoffs on his grandmother's sewing machine and took a brief detour while he considered becoming an accountant (yes, really). But it was a public casting call for a Jean Paul Gaultier runway show that led him to take his first impeccably clad step on the catwalk and confirmed his conviction that he belonged in the world of high fashion. InFollow the Modelhe reveals his secrets to succeeding at what you love most, shares life lessons and colorful (to say the least) anecdotes, provides a multitude of invaluable grooming and style tips, dishes on the celebrities he's worked with so intimately, and offers a glimpse into the world ofANTM.Not everyone is born to be a supermodel, but every woman can acquire confidence, self-esteem, and the determination to realize her dreams. You've got to want it, work it, andwalkit -- and Miss J is ready to show you how.

Author Biography

J. Alexander has traveled around the world casting and coaching models for countless top designers. Now he is a television personality well known for his work as a runway coach and judge on America's Next Top Model.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Mother Knows Bestp. 5
White Womenp. 27
Hot Child in the Cityp. 49
The Big Breakp. 83
A Runway Coach is Bornp. 103
America's Next Top Model: the Beginningp. 137
You Gotta Work. No, Seriouslyp. 157
Daddy J.p. 165
Spirit in the Skyp. 177
Changesp. 199
The End (For Now)p. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Photo Creditsp. 229
About the Authorp. 231
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