Even Alexa Chung has disturbing memories from her teen modeling days, including one time when she was asked to strip in a man’s home. “I didn’t want to tell [my parents] too much about the reality of what was going on,” she told the London Times. “You know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford, and, you know, ‘Take your clothes off … ’ and if I’d have done it, I won’t tell my mum because I know that’s wrong.” She’s still haunted by some of her experiences. “I get flashbacks now. Loads of flashbacks,” she said. “I’ll be reminded of something because I’ve sort of blocked it out and I don’t really think of those days.” Yet one more argument for the new model labor laws in New York, which would require a chaperone in such situations.
Alexa Chung. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images