From frying fish to teen supermodel

From serving fish and chips and scrubbing the fryer in a small village in Essex, England to Milan, Paris and beyond, Alexander Beck is now modeling for Prada and living the dream.

Many fashion-savvy people may recognize Alexander Beck as the face that’s been opening and closing many Prada fashion shows (as well as a who’s who of other brands) across Europe. He has become a hot commodity on the runway, but the amazing thing is that just a few weeks before he was opening and closing the main Prada fall-winter 2011-12 show, held in January, the teen supermodel from the tiny hamlet of Thaxted in Essex was simply going to school and working part-time in a fish-and-chips store trying to earn a bit of pocket money.

It all started in December 2010, when Alex took a trip to Cambridge and stopped in a bookstore for a browse. There, he was discovered by Prada fashion scout Cesar Perin. A few weeks later he was in Milan modeling the latest Prada designs.

Being hailed as one of Britain’s most promising new faces, Alex, who stands 187 centimeters tall,  has already modeled for the likes of Acne, Dior Homme, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Raf Simons.  The 37-year-old Perin told a British newspaper that it’s because, “He is very exotic looking, with sharp cheekbones and a very symmetrical face… His strong bone structure and green eyes make him a favorite with designers.”

photos courtesy of Cesar Perin/Roost London