• adidas + UO: Alexis Jae

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    Budding fashion entrepreneur Alexis Jae wants to do it all. We caught up with the future designer and stylist to talk about her plans, getting over her shyness, and hosting her first party in NYC.
    Lead photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz

    Photo by Petra Collins 

    What’s on your mind today? 
    I’m thinking about how I’m going to do my makeup. I’m hosting a party tonight. I’ve never done that before. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do. I don’t know if I’m supposed to make sure everyone is lit or if I’m supposed to be.  

    In general, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? 
    So, I’m a petite model right now, working my way into the fashion industry. I’d like to start styling and designing clothes because that’s what I live for. I love dressing myself, I love sketching designs, it’s the best. So in the future, I’ll be a stylist and a designer. 

    Have you made a lot of work already? 
    Yeah, I went to the High School of Fashion Industries. I learned how to sew. The school wasn’t for me, I didn’t really like how restrictive it was, so I transferred to an alternative school where you have an internship and you have more freedom and responsibility. I feel like high schools are so restrictive. If they’re turning us into adults, they should give us more responsibility and help us progress into the future. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

    What’s the first thing you can ever remember making? 
    The first thing I ever made was a rainbow duck. Paper and markers, that was my first drawing. 

    Did it go on the fridge at home? 
    Yeah, I cut it out and made it all fabulous. 

    Who keeps you going? 
    There are so many people that keep me going. My agent keeps me going, my parents keep me going. My friends keep me going because they always reassure me about who I am. Sometimes we have our moments where we second guess ourselves or we may feel a little bit weak. You have your supportive group around you to let you know that you’re good and you’re safe and that you’re fabulous. 

    As a young creative person with a lot of potential, do you feel like you have a responsibility to make the world a better place? 
    Of course. At this point, I can’t make the world a better place when it comes to politics or anything like that, but I try to make the world a better place when it comes to making people feel comfortable with themselves and helping people love themselves for who they are. Not trying to change themselves just to fit in because they’re scared of being made fun of. At the end of the day, you’re not going to see those people in the future. Those people aren’t going to help you pay your bills or progress in life or help you reach your goals. You just have to do what you want to do and do whatever you feel comfortable with. 

    Photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz

    What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome? 
    Trying to be social and letting my personality stand out. There are so many amazing people surrounding me all the time that I’m kind of starstruck. I get really shy, but really I’m really talkative and I love to mingle. I just need someone to get me going, I can’t really make the first move, it’s too hard for me. 

    If you could talk to everyone in the world, what would you say? 
    Don't be scared to be yourself. I grew up and everyone would always make fun of me and I always felt like I didn't belong. Look at me now. I'm doing my own thing and I don't see any of those people who were making fun of me.

    As a future designer and stylist, where do you see fashion headed? 
    There are so many different things going on in the fashion world. There won’t be any barriers, there won’t be any limits. I have big plans for the future and I hope that influences others who want to be designers and stylists to do the same. 

    Photo by Petra Collins

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