If day one of the GTBank Fashion Weekend was a cake, Jay Alexander’s class was the icing on it. This is an arguable fact, nonetheless, everyone who looked forward to Jay Alexander’s masterclass was pleased their expectations exceeded. By 5:30 when his class was scheduled to start, the hall was filled to the brim and buzzing with anticipation as guests could barely conceal their excitement to see and listen to the iconic model coach and TV Personalty.
The class compere, Abisoye Balogun, stepped out and did an impression of Tyra Banks model elimination process in America’s next top model, the show where Jay Alexander serves as a model coach and judge. After the superb impression, Jay Alexander strutted to the stage as the audience clapped and cheered.
Starting off with a bang, Jay Alexander called out three male and three female volunteers to the stage and through their runway walks, gave an hilarious demonstration of the do’s and dont’s of making it on the runway. The participants were given gift bags and Jay Alexander shared what it takes to stand out in the modelling world to be one of Africa’s top model.
Drawing footnotes from his experience, Jay Alexander gave a class on “how to be Africa’s Next Top Model,” buttressing one word – attitude!
He said it was his fierce attitude that caught the eye of the Italian designer Valentino who in turn gave him a job to train models backstage before the commencement of Shows. The rest like they say is history. J Alexander urged models to always bring their best to auditions, he also admonished that they should go fresh faced without makeup and if they were to bring anything, it should be their “fierce game”
Here are some photos from his memorable Master Class: