Walk the Runway Like a Pro

America's Next Top Model's Miss J teaches a reporter a thing or two
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2009 12:07 PM CST
J. Alexander arrives at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 9, 2009 in Universal City, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – J. Alexander—otherwise known as Miss J, the 6’4" drag-dressing America’s Next Top Model judge—has been coaching models on how to rock the runway for almost 20 years. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times takes a lesson and offers a few tips:

  • Develop your own style: Carmen Kass has the bust shake; Naomi Campbell has the leg kick.
  • Stand up straight: He begins analyzing Horyn’s stride with “Well, first of all, you walk like your back hurts.”

  • Focus on you: “It’s all about you. It’s about Cathy,” Miss J says. A passer-by isn’t a distraction, “she’s just the girl you are passing on the runway.”
  • Don’t overshadow the main event: “If your walk is too extreme, you don’t see the clothes.”
  • Be elegant: “Always start from the bottom, it creates a cleaner line.”
  • Keep a cool gaze: “Here’s the face that you want,” he says, looking calm even while thinking, “I hate my teeth, I hate the world today. I’m getting paid 10 grand. I’m starving. I want a sandwich.”