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Q&A with Alexa Chung: Frock Her

"'My most unappealing habit? Littering the floor with clothes.' "

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Alexa Chung, 27, was raised in Hampshire. She became a model at 16 and in 2006 co-presented Channel 4's teen music show, Popworld. She went on to become a presenter on T4 and MTV, and is a contributing editor for British Vogue. She has a Mulberry bag named after her and she presents Gonzo on MTV Music. She lives in London with Alex Turner, the singer in Arctic Monkeys.

 

 

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When were you happiest?

Playing ping pong in LA.

 

 

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What is your greatest fear?

Frogs and public speaking.

 

 

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What is your earliest memory?

Waving my brothers and sister off to school as my mother held me.

 

 

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What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Forgetfulness. I leave valuable possessions scattered around the globe.

 

 

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What was your most embarrassing moment?

I trip over on an almost daily basis. Getting sleeves hooked on door knobs is another classic.

 

 

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Property aside, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?

Chanel 2.55 handbag at Heathrow airport during a hangover.

 

 

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What is your most treasured possession?

My photographs. I've been documenting everything since I was a teenager.

 

 

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Where would you like to live?

In the treehouse I saw in Todd Selby's book.

 

 

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What would your super power be?

Ability to shoot spiderwebs.

 

 

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What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My ears and my incredibly fine hair that goes flat despite hours of back-combing.

 

 

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What is your most unappealing habit?

Littering the floor with clothes.

 

 

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What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?

A palm tree. I'm obsessed with them.

 

 

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What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?

I was filming T4 at T in the Park one year, and one person kept shouting, "Popworld cunt" at me. That sucked.

 

 

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What do you owe your parents?

My father taught me how to draw horses - for this I shall be eternally grateful. My mother does a great line in self-deprecation; she taught me about humility.

 

 

 

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What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Alex Turner.

 

 

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What does love feel like?

Like there's nothing you can do about it.

 

 

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What has been your biggest disappointment?

Realising adults don't know everything.

 

 

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If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I'm obsessed with the 60s. Everything looked great.

 

 

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How often do you have sex?

Does anyone ever answer this?

 

 

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What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A walk-in wardrobe!

 

 

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What do you consider your greatest achievement?

At school, a careers adviser asked me what I wanted to be and I said fashion journalist, so writing for Vogue has provided me with the opportunity to fulfil a dream.

 

 

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What keeps you awake at night?

I'm scared of the dark.

 

 

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How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who inspired women to dress for themselves.

 

 

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What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Not everything happens for a reason. Sometimes life just sucks.