Alexa Chung was a British fashion model, journalist and TV host who rose to become one of the most well-known celebrities in Britain in the 2000s and 2010s. Born and raised in the Southern English country of Hampshire, Chung's striking beauty was first discovered by a modeling scout when she was 16. She quickly signed on as a contract model for one of England's most elite agencies, and before long was appearing in dozens of teen magazines, as well as in print ads for various high-profile companies. After four long and tiring years of working as a jet-setting professional model, Chung realized that the physical demands of the job were leaving her with self-esteem issues, so she promptly decided to take a break. Still wanting to be a part of the entertainment business, however, Chung started landing work as a TV host on numerous British television shows. She first worked as the co-host of a British music show called "Popworld" (Channel 4, 2006), and over the next 10 years appeared as either a guest or host of over two-dozen British TV shows. Given Chung's history as a model, most of the TV shows were fashion-oriented, thus making her one of the fashion world's most recognizable faces. In 2009 Chung made somewhat of a return to modeling, although she made sure to limit her load each year so as to keep the work fun and enjoyable. In the fall of 2015 Chung began hosting an Internet program for Vogue Magazine's U.K. website, thus adding further prestige to her already growing status as one of the most important fashion personalities in Britain.