Model Monday: A compelling conversation with NYC model Alex Undone

Alex Undone is a striking German-American model who is currently based in New York City. Her path to the top has been far from linear, which adds layers of beautiful intrigue to her already compelling story.  She serves as the focus of this week’s Model Monday feature.

Current City of Residence: 

New York City

What initially drew you to the world of modeling? 

A local designer asked me to model for her. Accepting that job planted the seed that grew from hobby to career. Modeling became a tool for me to express myself.

What has been the greatest challenge that you have had to overcome in pursuing your dream?

I think that fear can overcome anyone in any field. The fear of failing or the fear of actually making it can stop you in your tracks. My greatest challenge will always be not letting my fear or anyone else’s limit me. People love to tell you what you can’t do until you do it.

What is one misconception about models?

I’m on set with so many models that are also business owners, putting themselves through school, etcetera. It’s New York. The pace is different, and so is the hustle. We aren’t mean or one-dimensional. We just don’t have time to waste.

Image by DeWayne Rogers

What steps do you take to improve at your craft?

Sometimes my practice is more straightforward, like literally practicing in front of a mirror. Other times my practice is more indirect but still for the benefit of my craft. I hate group classes. I’m the girl that goes to the gym, puts headphones on and wants to be left alone. But I got so comfortable with my routine that I was basically doing the same workouts all the time and not seeing the results I wanted. So I added yoga, then barre, then pilates classes to the mix. I’m still a rookie, but I want to be able to move and get comfortable being uncomfortable. I want longevity.

How important is it to have a great team working together on a shoot?

On set, everybody is a moving part that contributes to the final product. I can’t stress how important it is that everyone is on the same page. When you spend 10 hours in a room with people, you want to get along. Good energy plus professionalism go a long way and make time go by faster.

Image by DeWayne Rogers

Who are some of the models that you look up to?

Grace Jones and Coco Rocha.

What is one achievement that you are most proud of in front of the camera?

I had to find my confidence. I had to fight for it and preserve it in an industry that comes with a lot of rejection. I did that inner work. Nobody can take that from me.

What is one goal that you still hope to achieve?

I don’t want to encourage anyone to be like me. But I hope that by being my authentic self, I can encourage others to be themselves, too. I hope I can use my platform to inspire people to live unapologetically.

What advice would you give to other aspiring models?

Stop telling everyone what you want to do and just do it. Surround yourself with people who share your vision or, better yet, are already doing what you want to do. We live in a time where everyone wants to share every move, every time. It can be distracting. Just stay focused, and remember why you started in the first place.

To learn more about Alex, visit her www.alexundone.com

DeWayne Rogers
DeWayne Rogers

I write. I create. I take photos. In my spare time, I'm also a part-time super-hero. Go figure.

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