Talk the Walk With Miss J: Reflections on a Runway Career

Join the infamous catwalk judge, author and designer Miss J as he discusses his career in fashion, reality TV and how to really walk the runway.

Born Alexander Jenkins in the South Bronx to Julius and Mary Jenkins, he is known as Miss J after Tyra Banks nicknamed him so during his first season as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.

Jenkins turned to modeling when he met Monique Pillard, then-president of Elite Model Management. Pillard was so impressed with his look that she signed him to her agency in Japan, and he walked for designer Jean Paul Gaultier in New York City.

In 2010, he wrote Follow the Model: Miss J’s Guide to Unleashing Presence, Poise, and Power, which shares his story and offers tips on how to be more confident. In 2014, Jenkins launched his own shoe line.


Miss J Alexander
Fashion personality


Sarah Collins
Associate chair of SCAD fashion