Red Carpet Confidential: Why Alexa Chung Is Sad She Missed Out on Keg Parties and Going to College

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Oct. 21 2013, Published 6:39 p.m. ET

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Alexa Chung doesn’t mince words Saturday during Teen Vogue’s Fashion University at NYC’s Hudson Theatre.

The British model-turned-TV presenter, 29, jokingly exclaims “cocaine!” when an audience member asks what’s something she’d like to try that she hasn’t yet, before saying she’d “like to do more designing.”

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And that’s precisely why her fans love her.

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They can trust her to keep it real, like she does in her witty style and beauty book, It, which hits shelves October 29.

After being discovered at a music festival in England at 16, Alexa went on to model, then become an MTV personality and ultimately, a fashion icon.

Although she regrets having never attended college, it’s not for the reasons one might expect.

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“I do, in the sense that I think that would have been a fun experience to be among people my age,” Alexa says. “When people reminisce about their college years, they say ‘we got a keg.’ I’m like ‘I don’t even know what a keg is.’”

She adds, “I do feel as if I’ve missed out. I would like to have a proper education in literature. But again, I managed to write for Vogue, without getting a degree. jokes I guess they’re quite lax these days.”

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Still, she sees the bright side of skipping college.

“I think it gave me a head start in the sense that I didn’t spend three years doing theoretical things, but I spent those three years actively being involved in a photo shoot or on a set,” she says. “It was also actually quite a drive because I felt like I was lacking in myself, especially when I was modeling, because people would talk to me like I was incredibly stupid and couldn’t understand English.”

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Instead, she learned to quench her desire for information any way she could.

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“It gave me the drive to want to educate myself, so I was always reading when I was traveling, and I was always asking questions. I still do. I have a lot of musician friends. That’s not something I’m proficient in, but I love asking about the recording process and mixing stuff and which pedal will get that sound. I think just having a natural curiosity for discovering information as opposed to a formal education. I take something from every day, from different people.”

Talk about keeping it real: After our chat, Alexa whispers to her camp, “Can I have a cig?”

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Here’s my pic backstage with Alexa:


It, by Alexa Chung, hits stores October 29. Do you think it's good or bad that she missed out on college? Tweet us @OKMagazine. 


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