HAS MODELLING CHANGED THE WAY YOU VIEW YOURSELF?
”You have to know in modelling how to not take things personally. You have to be dedicated to what you do, but you have to detach yourself from it.”
HAVE YOU MANAGED THAT?
”Absolutely, but it’s been a test. If you don’t have what it takes in this industry you will burn out. Because it’s not nearly as glamorous as it looks. But I love it. I genuinely love what I do, and that’s the reason I keep doing it.”
Lucky for us. In our summer swimwear editorial (link), Alex Cunningham models a minimalist two-piece bikini – giving us serious cravings for olive green shades and boyish haircuts.
WHAT KIND OF SWIMWEAR DO YOU LIKE?
”I don’t like a lot of colours, I am minimalistic like that. I like the two-piece I am wearing today, it was super comfy. I also like strappy, geometric stuff. People are starting to realise that swimwear is fashion too, we can make a statement on the beach!”
WHEN DID YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?
”Just recently. My looks aren’t something I had a part in – my parents had me, and I was lucky. So complimenting me on how I look doesn’t necessarily make me feel beautiful. But just recently I shot a video with a friend of mine, and when we watched it after, I was able to see what other people see in me. I was like Alex, listen, you got to stop being so hard on yourself! But you know, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. Somebody will like you, somebody will say you’re not their type. There are more important things in life.”
WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR BODY?
”What I used to hate the most – I love how tall I am. I love how my body creates shape, how I can use it as a tool. I feel like I am a walking piece of art.”
Click here to see the full swimwear editorial – our cutest swimwear for summer and how to style it on and off the beach.