08.11.16

Model Muse: Bianca Alexa

Part three of The 5TH’s five-part series: we talk fashion, style and life with five of photographer Nicole Pagan’s muses.

Hi Bianca. Where did you grow up, and where is home for you now?

Right now, home for me is in Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in England, but I lived most of my life in Puerto Rico. So, I was fortunate to grow up between the two.

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How was the recent shoot with Nicole for The 5TH?

I love shooting with Nicole, our shoots are always so effortless. It just feels like we’re hanging out and she just happens to have her camera. It’s always a lot of fun.

You have a Youtube channel. Is the aim to be a presenter one day?

Yes! My YouTube channel is SimplyBiancaAlexa. It’s more a lifestyle channel – so you’ll find fashion, makeup and curly hair tutorials mixed in with travel and life videos. I would definitely love to expand into other areas and see where it goes; I’ve hosted a few shows and that’s always fun.

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What other passions/projects/outlets do you pursue besides modelling?

I’ve always been passionate about music; it’s such a great outlet for me. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer, but now I mostly sing in the shower, or in my car while I’m stuck in a traffic jam! Besides modelling and my YouTube channel, I’ve been getting into acting and kick boxing.

What’s one of your proudest moments?

Honestly, this past year has been amazing and I’m really blessed to say I have a few moments that I’m really proud of. One that really moved me was when I held my very first event in my home town of Puerto Rico. I had been living in LA for three years and started my channel there, so when I decided to have an event in PR I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. When more than 250 people showed up for it, the support and love I felt that day was really amazing.

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How do you like to make the most of your time (when you aren’t working?

When I’m not working, I love to be lazy at my house with my hubby. I’m a huge homebody, but I also love to go out to eat or just relax and hang out with friends – it’s important to take a break from work and have a healthy balance.

Current music playlist?

I have a dance playlist on repeat: it’s got a lot of Beyoncé on there; anything with a good beat to dance to I’m all for.

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Tell us about your style.

I think my style is very laid back, I wear whatever is comfortable. Though, I do love to switch it up and experiment, so my style changes with my mood.

What’s your secret indulgence?

Hmm, I have a lot of these (laughs). I have a big sweet tooth so it’s always between donuts or ice cream for sure.

Who do you look up to, style-wise or other?

I love Zoe Kravitz, she’s so stunning! She just seems like she has a laid back style and great energy about her.

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Where is your happy place?

On the beach in Puerto Rico.

What was your first email address? (Has to be embarrassing like ours, right?)

Hahaha my first email address was redstar7rr@hotmail. Not sure how embarrassing that sounds but it had my favourite colour, shape and number at the time.

All images shot by photographer Nicole Pagan: @leavesyoubreathless. Bianca wears the Fuyu (black) and the Haru (pink) watches, from the Tokyo range.

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