Even if you’ve never seen America’s Next Top Model in your life (and if that is the case, we probably shouldn’t be friends any longer) you’ll recognise the 6’4’’expert runway coach Miss J aka J. Alexander aka Alexander Jenkins from a mile away. And maybe, if he’s wearing heels, two miles. Bronx-born J. started his career as a model himself, signed to Elite. But who would’ve known that this was the start of an illustrious journey of strutting, tutting and genius TV moments alongside Tyra *blink slowly, blink again* Banks? (They’ve been friends since they were 16 years old, awww). When young J. started helping some less talented models backstage work-it-ouuuut, everyone realised what a great coach he’d be. And for we mere mortals for who trip up doing a weekly shop or stack it in those new Friday-night heels, he is the saviour – Miss J. has brought out a book. Woop! So naturallement, we had to hear all about FOLLOW THE MODEL: Miss J’s Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power from J himself and we're now confident that following in the footsteps of Claudia, Naomi and Cindy (all of Miss J's pupils) isn't far out of reach. Watch out Supers. Here. We. Come...
Who do you think has the best and worst catwalk walk of all time?
BEST: MOSES - HE WALKED ON WATER...!
WORST: ANYONE WHO HAS NOT SEEN ME.
Models falling on the catwalk – are they just doing it for attention?
NO, SOME TRIP OVER THE DRESS OR LOSE THEIR FOOTING IN HIGH HEELS, OR SOME JUST CAN'T CHEW AND WALK AT THE SAME TIME.
Are designers cruel giving models crazy shoes to walk in?
NO, THEY ARE NOT CRUEL, THEY ARE BEING CREATIVE.
Talking of crazy heels, have you seen Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoes?
Lady Gaga’s worn them in her latest video, how do you rate her strut in them?
ON A SCALE FROM 1-10, I WILL SAY 9 FOR NERVE TO MAKE THE ATTEMPT.
Is it wrong to break into a catwalk strut to get a man’s attention?
YES, HE MAY THINK YOUR SELLING MORE THAN CLOTHES… YOU’RE CRAZY, OR HAD A BAD HIP REPLACEMENT.
Why do male models always look like they’re walking somewhere they don’t want to go?
BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY STILL THINK IT'S A BUSINESS FOR WOMEN AND GAY MEN, SO THEY ARE WALKING SOMEWHERE I THINK BETWEEN THE BANK AND THE GYM.
Can you please teach Julia Roberts how to walk in a dress? Seriously, that woman needs help...
ONLY IF JULIA, WHO I ADORE, CALLS ME...! I MOST CERTAINLY WILL HELP HER. IF I DON'T GRAB THE DRESS FIRST..
Have you ever fallen over in public ? Be honest…!
YES. RED CROPPED WOOL JACKET, PRINTED VERSACE JEANS, AND RED SUEDE NANCY GIALLOMBARDO HAND-MADE SHOES, AND BLACK LEATHER BAG ON 23RD ST AND 5TH AVE AT 2:10 P.M. IN FRONT OF A NEW YORK CITY BUS.
For S/S '10 the kitten heel is back (eek!), does this sound like a good plan or an atrocious idea?
I THINK IT'S A GREAT PLAN FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO START WEARING HEELS AND MAY BE AFRAID TO WEAR THE STILETTO OR SKYSCRAPER PLATFORM IN 'WALKING IN HEELS 101'.
What’s next for you? A clothing line? A work out video? Maybe a range of heels?
REST...! MAYBE...! HELL, NO...! A THOUGHT...!
New series of ANTM premieres on LIVING, 18 January, 9pm.
- Hannah Almassi, Grazia's Fashion News and Features Assistant