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Alexa Chung reveals creepy teen modelling assignments

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Jun 24, 2013 | 5:49am EDT

British TV host Alexa Chung still suffers "flashbacks" from her days as a teen model when she was allegedly forced to strip off in front of strangers to land jobs. The small screen star launched her career as a fashion model and admits she often had to take off all her clothes at castings in a bid to win work. However, Chung insists she "knew it was wrong" to be asked to strip, but never told her parents about what was going on. She tells Britain's The Times, "I never really asked my mum or my dad's advice during that time and it actually felt like I didn't want to tell them too much about the reality of what was going on - when I was taking the train to London and being asked to do certain things. I already knew it was wrong. So, you know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford (in Essex, England), and (said), you know, 'Take your clothes off...' and if I'd have done it, I won't tell my mum because I know that's wrong. "Well, you had lots of castings where they were like, 'This is for swimwear', and in hindsight, I look back and think, 'Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?' "I get flashbacks now. Loads of flashbacks. I'll be reminded of something because I've sort of blocked it out and I don't really think of those days. Like, recently, I was like, "Oh my God. That's so not on.'"

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