Scrolling through Alexis Ren’s Instagram account, you notice one thing immediately: A sun kissed beauty in the most beautiful places in the world. She seems to have the perfect social media feed. But there is so much more to her.
Alexis Ren, just 20 years old, has just outgrown her teenage years and is currently an absolute Instagram star. Recently, she talked openly about her eating disorders as a teenager and the self-doubts that led her that way.
Thanks to her manga-esque proportions—Bambi eyes, a 23-inch waist, and a gym-earned rear view—and a knack for conveying a bubbly, jet-setting sex appeal, Ren was at the vanguard of a tribe of genetically blessed “influencers.”
Ren grew up in the coastal town of Santa Monica, surfing, skateboarding and the like. Her mother died in 2014 after battling the fourth stage of colon cancer for almost a year. She grew up alongside three sisters and one brother. She is the middle child of five siblings. Alexis began her career at the age of thirteen and was homeschooled by her mother.
A tumblr post from a photo shoot with Lucas Passmore at sixteen went viral. That is was started it all. Overnight, her Instagram account began bursting with followers and from a hundred thousand she went to a million followers. Since then, she has accumulated more than eleven million fans.
Thereafter, she worked with ‘We The Urban magazine’, ‘C-heads magazine’ and ‘Nextdoormodel’ magazine. She has worked for several brands such as – Forever 21, Tobi, Us Rags, Puma, Fox Head, Calvin Klein, Gooseberry Intimates, L’Oreal, Miss Holly, SweatTheStyle and A’GACI.
In 2014, she made her first runway debut at Los Angeles for Sahara Ray Swimwear.
One of her most famous campaigns have been Calvin Klein’s “Put It On, Take It Off’ video.
Her First Major Magazine Cover
Thanks to her super-slim physique and seriously sexed-up bikini pictures, Alexis Ren has landed her first major magazine cover with a shoot for Maxim this August. The 20-year-old is actually clothed on the August cover, though just barely. The top of her burgundy tracksuit has been partially unzipped, hanging around her shoulders and showing off plenty of cleavage.
“Confidence is what people tend to gravitate toward, and also, obviously, sex. I don’t consider that a bad thing, though. “If a woman likes to post about her body, that doesn’t make her a slut, desperate, or dumb. It still blows my mind we are stuck in that perception of womanhood. It’s 2017. Come on, people!”
“People think I don’t have substance and I’m just another pretty face. I have been through a lot of life experience for a 20-year-old. People tend to judge a book by its cover. I love being unexpected and gaining respect for who I am and not how I look.” If you’re thinking of pickup lines, she says, channel your inner Elon Musk.
Opening Up About her Eating Disorder
Alexis has previously opened up about her eating disorder to Cosmo, telling them that her struggle with eating healthily began after her mother passed away from breast cancer, and she began modeling. After she had gained some weight while abroad in Australia, her modeling agency pointed out it out and chastised her.
She says the pictures she posted were masking the truth and claims that sudden stardom on the site led to battle with anorexia. As her fame grew, and she began to travel the world, Alexis became obsessed with her body image and began eating less. Because of her restricted eating, she felt bloated and guilty whenever food passed her lips. Alexis said: “It was a vicious cycle where when I did eat, I just felt worse, so I didn’t want to eat, and ate less and less and less. I was scared of food.”
Alexis sought help from a health nutritional coach and certified personal trainer. She now has a much healthier relationship with food and exercise, and has come to embrace her weight gain.
Her Career Outside of Modeling
Though she still shares plenty of sexy snaps on Instagram — where she has over eleven million followers — she’s also signed with The Lions Model Management and is building a career outside of social media. She just recently launched her own fitnesswear label, REN Active.
Inspired by her love for a healthy lifestyle REN Active launched earlier this summer and makes workout clothes with sex appeal. Alexis looked to her own workout wardrobe to craft the collection, embracing the idea that looking good at the gym elevates the entire experience.
Each piece is designed to make its wearer feel confident. “I hate when I don’t have my reserve of good workout clothes, to me when you just throw on an old bra to work out, it just doesn’t give you that same feeling,” says Ren. “If you get up there and you’re like, Damn, I already look good, that confidence makes you work even harder.”
“I’m very ambitious when it comes to business,” says Ren, “I always look at things in the long term, and while I appreciate brand deals, I wanted [to do] something that could withstand any of the ups and downs of social media.”
Being A Role Model is Hard Work
She has many young women who consider her their role model and follow her diet and daily regime meticulously. She is grateful for her fans and the male attention she receives. However, she works really very hard to keep herself fit, as work doesn’t come easy and thus she spends around 2 hours each day toning her body.
When it comes to her diet, Alexis avoids bread, red meat and fast food. She prefers having a daily dose of fresh vegetables and fruits for all of her meals and stays clear of sugar and alcohol. She drinks plenty of water to keep herself hydrated and considers it an excellent skincare routine.
She also trains in Pilates and Yoga for an hour each morning and eats dinner before 7pm.
What Lies Ahead
Last year, she joined The Lions modeling agency, which reps top models like Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell, and has begun the transition from social It girl to fashion insider—a journey that hasn’t always been easy. “It’s hard to gain respect in fashion, especially if you’re coming from social media, so it’s been challenging at times,” says Ren.
In just a few years of her career, she has worked with top managements such as ‘Nous Model Management’, ‘Chic management’ and ‘The Lions NY Management’. She is sponsored by several mega brands and makes a hefty income from modeling in commercials, music videos, prints and the internet.