Host/Model – The Alexa Chung Show replaces MTV TRL
Alexa Chung: Bound for America, MTV
Americans will soon be inundated with an example of it, as The Alexa Chung Show is set to replace TRL and premiere on MTV in June.
The series will, aptly, be hosted by Alexa Chung, a British TV personality and former model. She’s really pretty. See for yourself:
New MTV Shows were announced recently. I was interested in The Alexa Chung Show because I thought she was some sort of Asian person. But I guess not? Unsure.
“British television personality and model, Alexa Chung will host this daily one-hour live entertainment show which includes a large dose of viewer interaction. MTV will partner with Twitter offering viewers instantaneous input opportunities with Alexa, celebrity guests, or their own friends watching the show. The show will also feature a RockYou Live video sharing application, allowing viewers to submit their favorite viral videos and those they shoot themselves. From Reveille.”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
||5 November 1983 (age 25)
Hampshire, United Kingdom
||3 A levels
||TV presenter, fashion model
||5 ft 9 in
Alexa Chung (born 5 November 1983) is a British TV presenter and former model.
 Early life
Alexa Chung was raised in Privett, Hampshire, England by her English mother, a housewife, and her Chinese father, a graphic designer. She is the youngest of four children and has two brothers and one sister.
She attended the local comprehensive school, Perins Community College, and later the sixth form Peter Symonds College, Winchester (2000-2002). She had been accepted by King’s College London to read English and by Chelsea College of Art and Design to do an art foundation course, with two ‘A’ grades (English and Art) and a ‘B’ (History) at A-level, before being scouted by a modelling agency. 
Chung was first scouted by an agency, Elite Model Management, while attending The Clothes Show at the age of 14, but nothing came of it. She was approached again, in the comedy tent at Reading Festival, at the age of 16 and was taken on by the London-based Storm Model Management.
She modelled for teen magazines such as Elle Girl and CosmoGIRL! and appeared in adverts for products including Fanta, Sony Ericsson, Sunsilk and Tampax. She also modelled for Urban Outfitters. She appeared in music videos for artists including The Streets, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Reuben and Holly Valance and starred as Jake in a scripted reality show called Shoot Me, broadcast on Fashion TV in 2005.
After four years, Chung quit modelling with the intention of beginning an art foundation or fashion journalism course, having become disillusioned. She had developed a “distorted body image” and “low self-esteem” through modelling. 
After becoming a famous TV personality, Chung made a return to occasional modelling. In 2008, she was the face of both Australian fashion label Antipodium’s SS 2008 collection and Oxfam’s ethical fashion range, Revamped. In September 2008, Chung walked the catwalk as part of the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week. In early 2009, she became the face of British high street giant New Look. Also in 2009, Chung joined London-based modelling agency, Select.
 TV career
In April 2006, then-model Chung was offered the job of co-host on Popworld on Channel 4, a music show known for its irreverent and awkward style of interviews. Chung and co-host Alex Zane also presented a weekly radio show called Popworld Radio in conjunction with the TV programme. The last show aired in July 2007, after Channel 4 decided not to recommission the programme, which had been on air for nearly seven years.
Following this, Chung signed a year-long “golden handcuffs” deal with Channel 4 in August 2007, worth £100,000. As part of this deal, she guest presented Big Brother’s Big Mouth and appeared as a panellist on quiz show 8 out of 10 Cats. She hosted a number of T4 Movie Specials, 4Music Specials, T4 Holiday Mornings along with T4’s coverage of many music festivals.
In January 2008, Chung became one of the four anchor T4 presenters. She hosted T4’s Vanity Lair, a reality show investing the concept of “beauty”. When the show was mentioned in a later interview, “Chung raises her eyebrows, indicating embarrassment”.  As well as her work on T4, she became a long-time host of Channel 4’s early morning music programme Freshly Squeezed, beginning in September 2007.
In addition to her Channel 4 commitments, Chung presented the ITV1 series Get a Grip (2007) and BBC Three‘s The Wall (2008).
In mid-2008, Chung began to host more fashion-oriented programming. She was the “roving reporter” on Channel 4’s “Gok’s Fashion Fix“. On the programme, Chung roadtested the latest fashion trends with members of the public, and interviewed fashion designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Margherita Missoni and Christian Lacroix. She described it as ‘pretty much my dream job’. Chung also hosted a T4 fashion and music show called Frock Me!, with fashion designer Henry Holland.
Chung has also hosted industry events including the Hair Magazine Awards 2007, Diesel U Music Awards 2007 and the Elle Style Awards 2008 and 2009.
She was awarded the Elle Style Award for Best TV Presenter in 2009.
Chung left Channel 4, and the United Kingdom, in April 2009 in order to pursue a stateside career. She will begin presenting The Alexa Chung Show for MTV on June 15, 2009. The live, daily show – billed as TRL’s replacement- will feature celebrity talk, live music and online interaction with viewers .
Chung wrote a monthly column for British women’s magazine Company from October 2007 to June 2008.
She currently writes a weekly newspaper column for The Independent, ‘Girl About Town’, which is published every Wednesday.
 “It Girl” Status
In 2007, Chung came to the attention of the fashion press for her distinctive, quirky style. She frequently appears on Best Dressed Lists, in fashion magazines and on the front row of fashion shows. She socialises with many well-known faces but has said the idea of lots of celebrity friends is “so cheesy”. She has dismissed the notion of being an It girl, saying “there’s not much to being an It girl. It’s really quite a depressing title to hold”.
Chung has dated Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner since July 2007. In August 2008, Chung starred in the video for Turner’s side-project band The Last Shadow Puppets’ song, ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’.  In October 2008, it was reported that the couple cohabited in East London.  They both relocated to Williamsburg, New York in April 2009.
Previously, Chung had an on-off relationship with Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins from mid-2006 until mid-2007 – this relationship ended soon after Chung was linked with Turner. She dated James Righton, vocalist and keyboard player with Klaxons for a few months in early 2007. Righton later said of the relationship, “sometimes things don’t work out. We still keep in touch and Alex (Turner) is a friend of mine and there’s no problems at all. They’re a really good couple.” She dated the Horrors frontman Faris Badwan for six months in late 2006/2007 and they have remained friends.
While modelling, Chung met photographer, and singer with 80s pop group Blue Mercedes, David Titlow (born September 10, 1963), who is twenty years her senior. They lived together for three and a half years. Titlow continued to photograph Chung after their break-up.
Tabloids have also linked Chung to actors Josh Hartnett and Adam Brody, model Jamie Dornan and musician Alex Greenwald, but she has dismissed these as rumours.
 Charity/Campaign Work
Chung has supported numerous charities including the Terrence Higgins Trust, World AIDS Day, Friends of the Earth’s The Big Ask, Product Red, Greenpeace  and Attitude is Everything
In December 2007, Chung designed a condom tin for Company magazine to help “convince people to carry condoms”.In January 2008, Chung designed a range of jewellery for Made Boutique, a Fair Trade organisation, which she is often seen wearing.In May 2008, Chung was announced as the brand ambassador for Oxfam’s ethical fashion boutiques
In November 2008, Chung teamed up with activist movement Ctrl.Alt.Shift and VICE Magazine to launch a photographic initiative encouraging youngsters to get behind the lens. Chung was one of five mentors, including Nan Goldin who worked with artists aged 18–25 to explore the global issues of gender, power and poverty through photography.
- The Alexa Chung Show (2009)
- Freshly Squeezed (2007–2009)
- T4 Weekends (2008–2009)
- T4 Holiday Mornings (2007 – 2009)
- T4 Movie Specials (2006 – 2009)
- 4Music Specials (2006 – 2009)
- T4 on the Beach coverage (2006 – 2008)
- Gok’s Fashion Fix (2008)
- Frock Me (2008)
- The Wall (2008)
- Vanity Lair (2008)
- T4 NME Awards coverage (2008)
- V Festival coverage (2007 – 2008)
- The Devil Wears Primark (2008)
- Big Brother’s Big Mouth (2007)
- Fashion Rocks is Coming (2007)
- T in the Park coverage (2007)
- Get a Grip (2007)
- Popworld (2006–2007)
- Rip Curl Festival coverage (2006)
- Shoot Me (2005)
We already know that Alexa Chung is to move to New York to build a career in the States, but now we have a few more details on exactly what she’s heading over there to do!
Alexa will have her own live daytime show on MTV — airing at midday on weekdays from June 15 — which will apparently follow in the footsteps of TRL. That show ended in November 2008 after running for ten years, filmed live in Times Square.
The Alexa Chung Show will be a “mix of celebrity talk, music and online interaction with viewers” and was picked out as one of the highlights of MTV’s new season of programmes during a presentation to advertisers in New York this week. Audience members will also be encouraged to communicate their reactions to the shows by using social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.
Lets hope that MTV UK also shows the programme, as we’ll miss Alexa on our British TV screens!