Born and raised in Atlanta, Alexandra Tomlinson’s career began after a fortuitous visit to the dentist. She has graced the covers of Marie Claire, Flair and Elle and has appeared in campaigns for D&G, Zac Posen, Etro and Armani. This All-American beauty took time out from her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.

Tell us how you got started in modeling.

I was 13 and at the dentist, which I’m not a fan of, but the receptionist recommended I call a local Atlanta agency her husband modeled for. I did and it all started from there.

What have you discovered about yourself through modeling?

I’ve discovered that I’m resilient and strong. Not everybody is going to like you, your look or what you bring to the table but that’s up to them. I like myself and I’m able to let most criticism roll off my back. As long as I know I’m doing the best I can I’m cool with people’s perceptions.

How do you handle the isolation that comes with modeling?

I’ve always hated sleeping away from home. Being away so much, especially in the beginning of my career, was really hard. Luckily I have a great family who travels with me when they can. I make friends and I read a lot of books. Honestly, I’ve always been pretty independent and enjoy spending time alone. Plus, after traveling and working long hours on set, a little isolation can be nice.

​If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?

I’d be writing. Well, I am writing but nothing cohesive or on a public stage as of yet.

​What are your goals for the future?

It may sound simple, but I just want to be happy and healthy. What more can we ask for?

What would people be surprised to learn about you?​

I think people would be surprised, or maybe they wouldn’t be surprised, that I talk to the birds. I mean I whistle at them. I like to confuse the ones that perch on my fire escape. I’m not trying to confuse them, but they get confused.

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