Hilary Alexander dead – TV fashion expert and journalist who invented term ‘supermodel’ dies aged 77 | The Sun

ICONIC fashion journalist Hilary Alexander, who invented the term 'supermodel', has died.

The New Zealand native passed away on her 77th birthday on Sunday.

She was famous for her wealth of fashion knowledge – and worked as a writer and broadcaster for the likes on BBC, CNN and Hello Magazine.

Hilary – known as "Hils" to her celebrity friends such as Gianni Versace – started her career on Fleet Street.

She began as a trainee reporter at 16 – but worked her way up to fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph in 1982.

She is said to have coined the term ‘supermodel’.


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As well as her fashion magazine work, Hillary was also a regular presenter at Clothes Show Live and works with a number of charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, British Heart Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.

Hilary was considered fashion royalty and held in high esteem by the fashion elite.

She was often featured on fashion-related TV shows and documentaries.

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