Alexa Chung is currently in Sydney as the international ambassador for ACP Magazines’ 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty. She attended a press conference today at the Shangri-La Hotel, where she was joined by fellow ambassadors Alyssa Sutherland, Heidi Harrington-Johnson and Sarah Stephens. The British style icon will also DJ at the official launch event tomorrow night. Chatting with MC Edwina McCann (editor of Harper’s Bazaar) and media, Alexa talked about how she deals with her celebrity status, her style, and also shared her top five beauty products.
On Googling herself: “I try not to look. I sort of nose-dived into Googling myself when I first started being written about, so I was like, ‘Isn’t that weird, they’re writing about me,’ and then I was like, ‘Oh, they’re just saying very b*tchy things.’ So I try not to look now. No human should have to think about themselves that much. It makes you very vain.”
On being called an It girl: “When I first started and was called an It girl I was a bit confused about what it meant because in England at the time, it was daughters of the rich patriarchs who were just freeloading a bit. So I was uncomfortable with it because I knew how hard I was working. But when you look traditionally at that term, it came about in the ’60s with people like Jean Shrimpton, and if I’m in that category of person then obviously it’s wonderful. So I’ve kind of embraced it now. It’s a very nice compliment. But it implies it’s a moment in time.”
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On DJing: “I’m a very selfish DJ. I don’t have requests I’m afraid, so either you like the ’60s or you don’t. Hopefully you do. I like super-poppy heartbreak songs where you’re like, ‘This is really fun!’ and then you listen to the lyrics and you’re like, ‘You don’t own me.’ I sometimes extend it to the ’90s or the ’80s.”
On her heritage: “My father is three-quarters Chinese; his mum was half-Chinese, half-Welsh and his dad’s Chinese. And then my mother’s English — as English as they come.”
On Aussie music and radio stations: “I love me some Triple J! They were talking about primary school when you have to go, ‘Good morning, Mrs. Martin,’ and I thought they were so funny. That’s the kind of radio I’ve been listening to in the car.”