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Marc Jacobs's New Muse Is a Gospel Singer With Southern Charm

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Sometimes helping out your friends leads to unexpected opportunities. This time last year, Alexis Ruby’s photographer friends asked her to pose for a few pictures, and like most images these days, they wound up on social media. At the time, the Atlanta native thought nothing of it, music was her focus. “I grew up singing southern gospel music and traveling with my family. I was singing in choirs and a cappella groups from the time I was five until I left for college,” says Ruby backstage at Marc Jacobs’s fall 2020 show tonight. “If you spend enough time with me, you’ll soon realize I sing everything.” Vocal talents aside, when fashion came calling Ruby took a chance on a new opportunity. “Modeling found me; it kind of fell in my lap,” she explains. “By chance, my mother agent saw me on Instagram. Within a couple of months, he sent me to New York to meet with the top agencies, and I found my home at IMG.”

Unlike many of her new model peers, Ruby, 23, is entering the industry as an adult rather than a wide-eyed teenager and it shows. Curvy, confident, and fun, she’s been a breath of fresh air on the runway. For Ruby, who made her debut during the Jacobs’s show last September, working with the designer and his team including casting director, Anita Bitton has been a dream come true. “To have someone that is such an icon take a chance on me for his show last season and then continue our relationship means the world to me,” she says. “I don’t think he will ever truly know how much he changed my life.”

 

Many of those changes have involved getting to know the ins and outs of her new gig. The first step? Learning how to deal with the hectic schedule and increased scrutiny. “[I’ve] had to learn to put myself first. My physical and mental health has to be on point if I’m going to survive this life,” she says. “I have always been someone to put others first, drop everything, and be there for the people who need me. I had to learn that I can be a good friend, girlfriend, and daughter without letting myself suffer.” Time spent volunteering with charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2010) and exploring her newly adopted city with friends has helped to keep her work/life balance manageable.

As a curvier model working during fashion month, Ruby is well aware of the current shift towards inclusivity of different body types on the runway. Inspired by trailblazers such as Vogue cover star Ashley Graham, she’s happy to have entered the industry during a period of change. “I’m only here because she paved the way and made it not only possible but made me feel like this is something I could do and be successful at,” says Ruby. “She is the most beautiful person inside and out, and I cannot wait until I get the chance to meet her in person. The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I’m a part of changing the way the world views fashion and the direction that this industry is moving towards.”

Currently blazing a trail of her thanks to her fashion success, the singer-turned-model is ready for what comes next. “I didn’t expect to get as much support as I have because I am just living my truth and being myself, but people love and are inspired by it,” she says. “The response has been amazing.”

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