NEW YORK — “In this business and in life in general you actually have to have a sense of humor,” says Ali Michael. “You definitely can’t take anything personally…if somebody doesn’t like your face, laugh about it, and hope that somebody else won’t hate your face later. That’s all you can do.” Ali speaks with authority on this subject, she’s after all been modeling before media was ever even social. That her career has extended far beyond the modeling infancy of her teenage years is a testament to Ali’s timelessness and canny ability at reinvention.
Hailing from Gravevine, Texas in the suburban Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, Ali was not given much hope at making it modeling, let alone high fashion. “I was told I would never be able to do runway shows in Texas,” to wit Ali figured anywhere outside of Texas would be all the more improbable. How wrong she was! Ali would walk in New York for Marc Jacobs in her first season, which culminated in her show opener for Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin. This moment was to set the tone for Ali, which was proof positive that she indeed was to have a career beyond the Lone Star State. Over the years Ali would go on to shoot with photographers Mario Sorrenti, Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, and more. Ali has also appeared in major advertising campaigns for amongst others Calvin Klein, Lanvin, and Coach.
Fast forward another decade and Ali has a steady stream of editorials that are seeing the light of day including a recent Document story by Mario Sorrenti, with others to follow. Ali also appears in a music video for The xx song “On Hold” directed by Alasdair McLellan, which was shot in Marfa, Texas. In the video Ali plays a high school cheer leader, a role which she relished as the shoot occasioned her to attend an actual high school party for her first time ever. With a face and body that are clearly likable, Ali Michael is poised to enjoy a career that will flourish for many years to come.
Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Ali Michael”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Ali Michael.