Fashion model Alexis Ruby is one to watch. Last September, she debuted at Marc Jacobs’ runway – and the rest is history. Now that the 23 year old model is Jacobs’ personal muse, many doors have opened. However, things haven’t always been this easy. Check out her story below.
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Fashion model Alexis Ruby
Some things lead to unexpected outcomes. When a befriended photographer asked Alexis Ruby to help out and pose in front of his camera, the pictures ended up on social media. At that time, Ruby was fully focused on another career path: being a gospel singer. Since she was five years old, she hadn’t done anything else than singing in choirs and a cappella groups – that was, until college.
When her pictures circled around on social media, her mother agent stumbled upon them on Instagram. He asked her to come over to New York City to meet several big modelling agencies. She successfully signed a contract at IMG Models.
Unlike her model-colleagues, Ruby Alexis is quite ‘old’ to enter the scene. Where most girls start modelling as a teenager, Alexis was 23 years old when he started. Her age, sizes, witty personality and professional attitude form a welcome and fresh addition to today’s top models.
Her runway debut wasn’t the least either: she debuted at Marc Jacobs’ legendary show last September. Her confidence and fierce look have a mesmerizing effect, without overshadowing an outfit. “To have someone that is such an icon take a chance on me for his show last season and then continue our relationship means the world to me,” she told Vogue last September.
When walking important shows, Ruby emphasizes the importance of her mental and physical health. Those have to be top priority, otherwise she won’t perform well. When starting her modeling career, she had to learn how to put herself first. She could be a good girlfriend, daughter and friend to others, but she simply had to be kind for herself as well. That formed a struggle in the beginning, but eventually it started to feel more natural. Hence, it’s an issue many (starting) models have to work on. Putting yourself first when adapting your life to a new and hectic schedule can be difficult and eventually feel suffocating.
Despite staying sane during the start of her new career, Alexis Ruby is aware of her exemplary role within the fashion industry. Thanks to her (and many others like Jil Kortleve), the fashion industry is becoming more diverse and inclusive. According to Ruby, curvy model Ashley Graham has paved the way for her success. Without people like Graham, Ruby thinks nothing would have changed. Ruby is very proud to be part of the changes within the fashion industry. Without examples like Graham and Kortleve, she wouldn’t have thought that a modeling career would be something she could pursue.
Let’s hope for a bright future.
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