Alexandra Nicole Michael or better yet known as Ali Michael, is a 23-year-old fashion model from Colleyville, Texas. She’s 5 foot 9, has pretty blue eyes, and has amazingly bold eyebrows. In her earlier modeling years, she walked shows for Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Based on all the things I’ve mentioned, what could possibly go wrong? Well, there can be a lot. Truth is: Ali has been a victim of the fashion stigma herself.
For someone to call a person suffering from an eating disorder or even any person for that matter fat, is not okay; and it should never be okay. “From my personal experience, it has to change. We’re sending a message, and the fashion industry affects everybody — anybody who opens a magazine, anybody who watches TV,” Michael said during her interview with the Today Show (x). “I don’t think that people realize that there are lifelong consequences. Anorexia and bulimia can cause heart failure and osteoporosis and infertility. It’s a serious problem, and I think that it really needs to change”. I couldn’t agree more.
1. She’s a survivor and she’s staying strong.
Despite what happened with her, she didn’t let that get in the way of pursuing her career. “I used to think of being skinny as a job requirement. I felt a pressure to be emaciated,” she told modelsblog.com, “I want to keep modeling, as long as I can maintain a healthy lifestyle”. From what I could see, she is doing better than she did before, and she seems to be happier as well. Currently, she is signed with six different agencies all in different countries and has worked with so many designers and brands for the past few years. It’s pretty obvious that she has made a huge name for herself and now directors may have to think twice before turning her down.
2. She cares.
“My ultimate goal would be to work for the United Nations or the World Health Organization one day and make a difference,” she said. I think that is one of the most admirable things about her because not only is she thinking about her own health, but also about the other girls who are suffering from various eating disorders and/or are struggling to recover. It is nice to know that a fashion model who is told to become a size zero, refuses to succumb to that standard and instead, help those who conform to the pressure realize that you don’t have to let anyone tell you what or what not to do to become beautiful in their eyes.
3. She doesn’t care--about what people think of her.
Ali Michael possesses one of the most eccentric personalities I have ever seen in the fashion industry. Most of the other models might be overly prim and proper, but not this girl. In fact, she has been seen lying on the streets of New York City and I mean literally, lying on the concrete floor. She has also posted a video of herself with her current boyfriend, Marcel Castenmiller putting whipped cream on each other while strips of ham were on their faces. Ali Michael doesn’t give a fuck--and I love it.
Despite "Stereotypes" being our theme of the month, we wanted to feature someone who was once part of a stereotype but realized that it's better to do your own thing; and Ali Michael is exactly that kind of person. And to our readers who are being affected by eating disorders or by bullies, I hope you find inspiration in Ali and we also hope that you get through your tough times. We love you guys!
Check out Ali Michael on alimichael.com, instagram.com/ali_michael, and @alimichael
Happy Holidays, everyone!
- Reign Gonzales