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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439150516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439150511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in the Bronx, J. Alexander (known also as Miss J) originally trained to become an accountant.  But a chance encounter at sixteen—while dressed in drag—with the impressed President of Elite Model Management got him signed to the agency and off to walk runway for designer Jean Paul Gaultier. There he met fresh model Tyra Banks and began to give her walking lessons. Banks coined his title Queen of the Catwalk. His accidental career as a backstage runway coach took off—coaching such future supermodels as Naomi Campbell and Kimora Lee (Simmons)—and led him around the world casting and coaching models for countless top-name designers. Now J. Alexander is a television personality, well known for his work as the runway coach and a judge on America’s Next Top Model. He currently lives in Paris.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Evans on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I started reading the first chapter I was laughing so hard it bought tears to my eyes. This book is funny. I love the little helpful hints at the bottom of the page. One of the hints that Alex gave me over 20 years ago that I live by today is, "Never go out the house unless you have on sunglasses and lipstick." A look that is always chic, even when don't have time to put on makeup. I'm sure people will have assumptions about Alex, but if you read the book you will see that he is a wonderful person and friend. Review all the acknowledgements in the back of the book. This book is too short (memo to editors). I read it in a few hours. I would call my friends and read passages out of the book to them and we would all laugh together.Follow the Model: Miss J's Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tamar Fleishman on May 25, 2010
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I thought there'd be really great fashion advice, very detailed walking tips, tips on photographing well, etc. It was mostly autobiography in huge, huge font and empty space.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on March 24, 2010
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This book is similar to a night out drinking with the author: you get general pleasantries and basic family info and how-do-you-do's; but after several drinks, you get some of the secrets about Miss J that you wouldn't have known otherwise. But nothing earth-shattering. There are no nasty little insider scoops (that I was secretly hoping for). He might hint about nasty insider scoops, but Miss J is a lady and never goes so far as to reveal them.

In all, it is an enjoyable book. The author's intelligence, savvy business sense, and unique personality are evident. But the book leaves you with the feeling that it only scratches the surface.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Cheap Diva on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Follow the Model is like a fabulous fashion runway outfit where different elements are brought together to create something unexpected that somehow works. Follow the Model is part biography, part self help book and one heck of an entertaining read. The book covers his childhood, his career, his relationships and his thoughts on a variety of subjects including fashion, getting ahead in business and spirituality.

For a man who teaches models how to strut down the runway with serious attitude, some of his advice on treating people with respect and getting along with others in a work environment comes as a surprise, but it's great advice. Some of the motivational advice such as setting goals and taking care of yourself is stuff I have heard before, but the conversational tone makes it feel like a friend is talking TO you instead of a self help expert talking AT you. His career advice is often wrapped up inside an entertaining story, like how he did one man runway shows in the privacy of a friend's apartment and how this fantasizing and role playing prepared him for the day when he would rule the runway. Between the motivational thoughts, practical business advice, fashion tips and friendly conversational writing style, I'd say Follow the Model is the perfect blend of style and substance.

Stephanie Ann, Author
THE CHEAP DIVA'S GUIDE TO FRUGAL AND FABULOUS LIVING: How to Shop Smart, Look Your Best, Decorate with Style, and Have Fun for Less Money!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mar10e on May 14, 2010
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I am a bit ashamed to admit I love ANTM, for I'm heading towards 40. Ok, that's not entirely true, I'm 36. Still. So, after this big confession, I can easily tell you now that one of the reasons I love the show so much is because of Miss J. He's always witty, can be hysterically deadpan, and though it took me a season or so to getting used to him, the show wouldn't be the same without him.
When I stumbled across this book, the first thought was: gotta have it.

And I must say, I wasn't disappointed at all. The man has got some pretty wise things to say, and he says them in a manner-of-fact manner, which I can relate to.
Just too bad I am, like I told you, already 36 and his wisdom and advices, well, I stumbled across them myself the last 20 years.
But boy! I would have given up my hamster to have read this book when I was 13.
I really do. Because in my teens I was this tall, skinny, awkward looking girl, who didn't look nor behaved like any of the other girls at school. I felt so different. I believe that with this book, I would have felt more secure about myself, my life, my whole being. J. Alexander delivered a book which I think is a must read for every girl and boy out there who feels insecure about, well, nearly everything. Because you can live and find out for yourself, or you can read this book and save yourself a couple of years in which you can not only be fabulous but also feel fabulous.

O, and there are some juicy details in the book that you just don't want to miss...
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Before I've bought this book I thought it could clue some technical secrets about poses, walk, manners, make-up and clothes, but Miss J talking about all these things has made them just much easier to understand and to appreciate in other people, to be proud of yourself in a good sense and keep searching for the best ways where you could reveal your individuality and be happy. Yes, he gives many advises which I'll remember, yet he goes more in core of the things, making the book more spiritual and interesting. Now I know Miss J much more as a person, not just a couch at ANTM, and will look forward to his next book!
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