By  on June 23, 2011

It’s a balmy June day, and Alexander Wang is mid-lookbook shoot at Root Studios in Brooklyn, talking a mile a minute about one of his models, Ford’s Jon Paul.

“He started modeling an hour ago!” Wang exclaims, before delving into a lengthy anecdote that will end with the words “rattail braid.” The designer apparently told Paul he’d hire him for the job, on one condition: He chops it off. Now the remains sit on top of a white towel. (Paul says he’ll mail them to his mother as proof that the tail is gone.) “We’re his first job,” brags Wang, gesturing to the lanky, fresh-faced brunet.

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