Our current modern muse, Alexandra Richards, takes a deep dive on her career:
from modeling to DJing and all the fashion moments in-between.
You're usually young when you start modeling, so once you start getting into it, there’s a lot of comparisons that you make, and you're still trying to figure out who you are and what you're about. I think that's the hard part of getting into modeling. It all looks beautiful, but there is this other side to it, so you really need the confidence to stick to who you are, be true to yourself, and just to enjoy it. If you don't have a good support team behind you, it's easy to get lost in the comparisons.
The pros of modeling have been the traveling and meeting & working with very talented photographers. That was always something that interested me. I grew up in Weston, Connecticut, which is a very small town. I was very shy when I was young, so getting outside my shell was something I really loved.
I started DJing 15 years ago already. It's so crazy how time flies. I started during a time when not a lot of females were doing it, so I don't know if it was this, "I want to do what all the boys are doing," but a lot of my guy friends were DJing and they showed me the ropes, and I filled in a couple nights for them. From there, I started picking up gigs myself and started rocking it.
I usually play in the city. This is where my home base is, but over the years, I've been able to travel and do mini tours here and there. Australia was amazing - getting to go back there as an adult was such a dream. Then I did a couple tours throughout Europe which were really fun, …just in your 20s, you’re like "Aah!" and not giving a shit. Can I say that? [Laughs]
Favorite DJ event:
My favorite event was in Reykjavík, Iceland. They have this festival called Secret Solstice. It's quite small - the festival - but it's definitely something to check out if it's on your bucket list or if you haven't heard of it, it should be on your bucket list! There’s no nighttime…it’s all daylight. You're just running around to all these different little tents that have these talented, up-and-coming DJs and artists. Last time I was there, Die Antwoord was performing, and they are so eccentric and so much fun to watch.
Go-to DJ look:
Depending on the event, I love something just simple and classic. I love my blazers - something that's a little bit understated but more on the masculine side. My daytime look is…well I’m always on the go, so I love a comfortable sneaker. I love a jean, and I love a tee.
Confidence is everything. If you’re uncomfortable in what you're wearing, you're just going to walk out of the house in a mood. If it's a day for the joggers, why not?
Evolution of style:
I guess my style has evolved by learning a little bit more about the fashion world and learning about different designers. I've always felt very comfortable in a jean and T-shirt, but when I go to events, I love to show off my body. I work out, so I'm very proud of it. I love to throw something sexy on and have a moment.
My favorite fashion moment was with my sister. We got dressed up in Alessandra Rich. She's very iconic with her shoulder pads and these high-slit dresses and everything. We both got dressed up together, and we were invited to a Harper's Bazaar party because we were both featured on the cover. There is something about getting ready with your sibling and just feeling all glam that's really special, so that was a really fun moment for us.
Activist work with Project Zero:
Project Zero has been around actually for a while now. If you don't know about it, it is an oceans charity fundraiser. What we do is we take projects that have already started that need help funding. From events to auctions, we raise money to help finish those projects. We, right now, have a new campaign called Ours To Solve, so if you go to our website, you can actually adopt a small piece of the ocean and call it your own. It's quite amazing. We have really exciting things happening this year. Due to the pandemic, everything's been pushed, but we have some sports and music events coming up that we're very stoked about. You can find us at www.weareprojectzero.org.
Work/life balance? Gosh, no. I'm such a workaholic. This past year has been kind of a pain. But I guess, it is really important to find that balance between your work life, your personal life, and everything else. I've been lucky enough to have my family, who supports what I do, and my husband, as well, for when I need to go and travel and do the work that I need to do.
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