Inspiring Lives Magazine Spring 2017: Issue 4 - Page 86

so long that I always had to run things by a husband, ‘What are your thoughts? Do you think I should? Is it fine if I go?’ I always used to ask questions. I always put my family first. So, to be able to do what- ever I wanted, just for me, was still new. I am embracing it. I used to literally sit around the house and wait for everyone else and see what everyone else needed from me. If they didn’t need something, it was like ‘Now what should I do?’” Now Alexis is taking control of her life and doing what she wants most. Inspiring Lives Magazine was delighted that she came to Co-MC the Inspiring Lives Magazine Launch Party, and she even rocked the runway, doing her first model walk in years! She is connecting with new people in the industry and meeting up with old friends in New York such as Cuba Gooding, Jr., who she played ice hockey with in the Celebrity ALL STARS Hockey League. She has also reconnected with some of the other super models of her time, such as Carol Alt and Paulina Porizkova who were also discovered by talent scout John Casablancas. When Alexis attends fashion shows during New York Fashion Week, some of the designers and shows treat her like royalty. However, as she explained in her blog 86 INSPIRING LIVES SPRING 2017 for 1010 Park Place, “Some of the new, young designers didn’t know who I was. I found myself standing in the back at one show where a mother turned around…and asked if I had a daughter in the show. My ego took a big hit on that one.” Alexis knows that being well-known today is a lot about “likes” on social media, but as a wom- an in her fifties, she feels silly taking selfies and would rather showcase what she loves in her life. So, her Instagram (The_KimAlexis) and Twitter (@TheKimAlexis) accounts feature images of her being an active athlete, being a mother, and attending charity events. They also go back in time to showcase magazine images from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Sport Illustrated. Alexis believes we should all find our niche and be empowered. As she explained, “There may be a mom out there who is a size 14 who is spending her days tak- ing care of her kids and doesn’t believe that she is good enough. But she is doing the right thing for her chil- dren. Women can’t sit around and have a pity party for themselves; they need to figure out their skill sets and what they bring to the table. We all are unique and have something special to give and feel good about. n