Sunday 20 December 2015

J. Alexander, AKA Miss J (American model, reality TV personality and runway coach)

* J. Alexander (AKA Miss J) is best known for his work on television program America's Next Top Model. He travels extensively for the fashion and modelling industries, and currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As a teenager he turned to modelling when he met the president of Elite Model Management, Monique Pillard. Pillard was so impressed with his look that she signed him to her agency, and he walked for designer Jean Paul Gaultier in New York City. Alexander met Tyra Banks backstage at a runway show, and he began to give her walking lessons. Banks coined Alexander's title "Queen of the Catwalk".

He has been coaching and casting models since 1991, including supermodel Naomi Campbell and model Kimora Lee Simmons. He has helped with casting and coaching models for well-known designers such as Hervé Léger, Bill Blass, Valentino, John Galliano, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Nina Ricci.

Alexander is openly gay and has a son named Boris. Both Alexander and his ex-boyfriend donated sperm to a French lesbian who wanted a child, and Alexander's ex is the biological father. Alexander has said that he has a "very active role" in Boris' life.


BIRTH DATA: Alexander Jenkins, 12 April 1958, 10:10 (10:10 am) EST (+5), Bronx, New York, USA (40n51, 73w54). ASC: 13 Cancer. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him in an interview: "I was born April 12 at 10:10 a.m., and I moved straight into our family home on Clinton Ave. in the Bronx." ("J. Alexander, Miss J of 'Top Model,' reveals how he learned to walk so tall - his mom," by J. Alexander, [New York] Daily News, 13 November 2009 [online]). Same date plus year in a news report, "Miss J. Alexander -- Taking It in (His/Her) Stride" by Malcolm Harris, Huffington Post, 27 April 2012 [online].

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