Alexa Chung has been having fun at Paris Fashion Week lately, and she's also Elle's November cover girl. You can watch a video of her behind the scenes on her photoshoot, and here's some excerpts of what she had to say about work stress causing eating disorder rumours, her time in the States, what Alex Turner thinks of her dress sense and more:
On anorexia rumours: "I don’t expect everyone to like me. It’s just not realistic or how the world works. If someone I’ve never met is mean about me, it doesn’t matter. But I cannot express how frustrating it is to not be believed when you say, 'I don’t have an eating disorder.' I am naturally very thin. I get even thinner when I’m stressed. And you cannot imagine how stressed I was last year. It was really f***ing hard work and I had to keep saying how great MTV was, how I was having the best time, while looking like I’m dying. Anyone could see I wasn’t coping that well. But it angers me because I don’t want to be a pin-up for young girls just for being thin. I don’t want to be admired for being thin, as opposed to being dressed well, and I don’t want the two to get confused. It really upsets me. That’s why I stopped using Twitter for a while because I was getting so much s*** about being anorexic. And I am not! I am genuinely not."
On America: "In New York, everything is insanely work orientated. It’s been a lesson — you can’t come here and not work really, really hard. I haven’t tried to ‘break America’ but I have learnt that I’m ambitious. It’s just not focused. I want to be good at lots of things."
On drugs: "I’m too much of a show-off not to have done all this. I’d have been a nightmare otherwise. Imagine if I hadn’t had a way to express myself! It’s why I don’t do drugs. I’ve never ever tried coke. My friends are like, 'Alexa, no!' I would be a real problem."
To read what she had to say about her style and her Mulberry bag, just read more.
On her style: "I reckon I’ve got it nailed, so if he doesn’t like what I’m wearing, he’s the one who’s wrong. I say: 'You just stick with the music.’ . . . I do sexy sometimes, but never slutty. I’m quite proud that geeky, asexual dressing has become cool. It’s good to promote a different look. It’s cooler to get something for a fiver in a charity shop, than spend five grand in Versace."
On having a bag named after her: "It’s like a rapper becoming famous and then getting all their trainers free. When I was modelling, all I wanted was to become the Mulberry model so I could get a discount. When I got the Popworld job, I bought myself a Bayswater as a reward. So when they phoned up and asked if it was OK to name a bag after me, it just felt like the most ridiculous, amazing thing ever."
The full interview and shoot appears in the November issue of ELLE on sale Wednesday October 6th.