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More than a Model, meet Mr. Alexander Masson

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Educated, Athletic, and Sensible. Not usually the qualities people think about when thinking of male models. For that reason, it was all the more exciting to interview Mr. Alex Masson. He definitely changes the stereotypical thoughts on males in the fashion industry.

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JY:  Give me some basic information about yourself. Where are you from? Where do/did you go to high school/college? What are some of your main interests and hobbies?

AM:  My name is Alexander Masson, I was born in Arlington, VA, my father is French and my mother is Colombian. BEfore I turned one, I moved to France for six years. When I came back to the States, I lived in Michigan for 10 years, where I went to school until my sophomore year. After that, I moved to Florida, where I currently reside, and graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA. I decided college was not for me and wanted to pursue my passion in modeling. Growing up, I enjoyed playing sports and played on several school teams. I wrestled, played soccer, football, and basketball. I currently play on recreational basketball and tennis teams. Aside from sports, I love weight training and anything health/fitness related, watching movies, going to the BEach, and occasionally fishing.

JY:  How would you describe your professional interests?

AM:  I am very passionate about modeling and would like to continue growing as a model but I also have other interests in BEcoming an actor, therefore, I would like to start taking lessons/classes in acting. Eventually, I would like to own my own business / businesses.

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JY:  What’s your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money?

AM:  I started modeling about a year ago but I had a stint in modeling as a child in France. I have always enjoyed BEing in front of a camera and having my photo taken. The money and glamour is nice, but it’s just a bonus. I truly enjoy what I am doing and I am passionate about what I do so the rest will fall into place. I think my work will BE an asset to me as I work towards achieving my goals and dreams.

JY:  Who are some of your favorite models, and designers; and why?

AM:  There are many great models currently out there, it is difficult for me to choose just one. I appreciate all of them in their own ways. Watching models throughout the years have pushed me to follow my dream and have proven to me that I can BE a model that has a different look and to never give up even if you get rejected. Without designers, Models, including myself, would not BE able to express ourselves. I have many designers that I follow and wear, a few of my favorites are Versace, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, and Coach just to name a few.

JY:  Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?

AM:  I don’t have as much time as I would like to read my favorite fashion magazines, websites or blogs, but when I do I like to read GQ Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, and find myself going through various designer’s websites to purchase my latest outfits for personal use and photo-shoots. I also make my way to different fitness websites where I look for workout supplements and vitamins. I do most of all enjoy going onto social media such as FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter so that I may interact with all my supporters, which I dedicate most of my time to when I am not working.

JY:  How would you describe your style? Consider anything and everything from color to historical eras and more.

AM:  I would say my style is urban, due to my locs but I don’t let that solely describe my style. I like to BE versatile; I can do a sport/fitness look and then turn around and do high-end fashion. I think is very important for a model to BE like a chameleon and BE able to adapt to any situation / look as needed.

JY:  What other modeling projects have you done? Could you provide links?

AM:  So far I’ve BEen in two of Jennifer Lopez’s’ music videos, “Adrenalina” and “I Luh Ya Papi”. I am honored to say that I am one of the first male models with dreadlocks to BE in JcPenny Salon national campaign, which has BEen released and you can see me in their stylist book, I did a photo shoot with Keyshia Ka’oir for a fitness line, which is also released, as well as a couple other magazines that are soon to be out. I also appeared in a few morning shows promoting JLo’s music video “I Luh Ya Papi” as well as my debut and upcoming model career. I have included the link to the music videos as well as my morning show appearances.

JY:  Out of all of the photos taken by a photographer of you, which is your favorite and why?

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AM:  Out of all the photographs taken thus far, this is my favorite one.

AM:  This photo is from my very first professional shoot taken by my good friend Scott Teitler. In my opinion, Scott captured this look which embodies high fashion along with body, the way he styled my hair, to the pose are all reasons why this is my favorite photograph.

JY:  What is fun and rewarding about modeling? What do you dislike about modeling?

AM:  Getting to work with and meet new people, getting to experience so many new things while learning about the industry as well as yourself, and traveling are all fun and rewarding aspects of modeling. The only thing I dislike about modeling is its’ prejudices. For example, when I first started and even to this day, agents and clients both wanted me to cut my hair to attain that “clean” look. Even though, I get rejected due to my hair, it makes me unique and certain clients like that and I’m not planning on cutting it anytime soon.

JY:  How has modeling changed other aspects of your life?

AM:  Modeling has made me BEcome more aware of the goals that I want to pursue, as well as creating countless opportunities. Modeling has also opened my eyes to different styles, a better understanding of fashion, and has made me appreciate photography on a whole new level.

JY:  What does fashion mean to you?

AM:  Fashion to me, is a means of expressing oneself, like a form of art.

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JY:  What advice do you have for other aspiring models?

AM:  My advice for aspiring models is, don’t give up! You have to stay persistent, specially dealing with rejection. If it’s your passion, find a means to achieve your goals.

JY:  Final Words for your fans and viewers?

AM:  Thank you all for BEing there for me through my journey, I’m entirely grateful to have all of your support!

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(All Information and Pics provided by Adria, Alex Masson’s Publicist)

By: Jeffrey Young / SC Contributor / BE-Style

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