Model files: Alexander Borst

Coming from Tasmania, Alex Borst has hit all sorts of heights in his personal and professional development as a model that have led him around the world to live and work in heaps of different environments with heaps of different people.

A demanding career move, he says modelling has opened him up to experiences he’ll never forget and that have helped make him into the man he is today.

I had a chat with Alex on modelling. This is what he had to say…

Why modelling?

I was working as a hairstylist at the time and kind of fell from one side of the camera to the other, it was an industry I kind of just fell into.  Once I had started to get a few little gigs I decided to look into it further, got some info, got an agency and within less then a couple months I was overseas.

What is the best thing about being a male model?

For me it has been the opportunity to see the world in another light that not many people ever will. Living and working in a different country is very different to just going on a holiday. I am very much a lifestyle and cultural enthusiast so exploring different cultures and lifestyles has been amazing.

What demands does modeling place on you physically and mentally?

The demands modeling places on a model vary for each individual. If you model internationally of locally these demands also differ. I found it difficult to adjust to being away from friends and family so long and mixing with different cultures. I was flown overseas quite early in my modeling career without much experience and found myself competing against guys that had years for experience and had worked with some of the worlds best publications, all I had under my belt was a couple test shoots. That placed a lot of stress on me mentally but I got through it.

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Tell me some of your best achievements as a male model.

Being able to have a solid second home overseas is amazing, I never thought I would have spent so much time in one place internationally and to be able to understand a culture so well.

I have also shot for GQ Japan (one of the worlds best men’s fashion publications) on a number of occasions and also reaching a status of being one of Japans most successful male models in the period of time I spent there.

Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

Definitely involved with food, mainly food and lifestyle design. Since I can ever remember food has always played a major part in my life. Even when I found myself homesick while modeling internationally I would get down to the markets, spend the afternoon surrounded by food and I would go back to feeling a million bucks. If in 5 years from now I were to be styling beautiful food and homes, writing recipes and had my own café and saw my brand Super Happy Living a huge success I would be a very happy man. (Throw in a husband and a few kids too).

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Do you prefer editorial or runway modelling? Why?

I love runway, the energy of a show and the atmosphere is what drew me towards modeling in the first place. Although I find myself doing a lot more editorial which in a sense is completely different and more of a challenge and I love a good challenge.

Is there a particular model or fashion house you’d like to model with or for?

Not particularly to be honest. This industry is so unpredictable so I choose not to focus and put to much energy into striving for a particular job because you just never know. I take all my jobs with gratitude and believe my managers (both at CHIC Management and Volta) work their hardest for me.

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Tell me one of the strangest shoots you’ve ever been apart of.

Now you’ve got me thinking.  I’ve been everything from a clown dancing on a beach to a daddy, a semi naked hunk of spunk, a groom and a sophisticated gentleman.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Dream, and then follow your dreams. Fulfill your passions and choose your own life and create strong relationships. It’s not always that straight forward but it is important to constantly remind yourself of that.

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