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7:36 p.m., February 18

Backstage at Burberry Prorsum, Milan.

“I have really thick hair so they had to put, like, a really, really tight bun on top of my head underneath the hat. It was uncomfortable.”

5:33 p.m., February 7

At Francisco Costa’s Calvin Klein, New York.

“I have a really hard time getting up in the morning. I would try so hard not to fall asleep in the makeup chair.”

5:19 p.m., February 8

With her Elite agent Micki Schneider.

“If I was really stressed out about getting to a show on time, he would help me stay calm. I don’t really like when I’m hungry and have to rush . . . Backstage they always have sandwiches. I would just eat those for lunch and dinner.”

4:41 p.m., February 7

At Calvin Klein .

“When Toni [Garrn] and I were doing Calvin Klein, we did the Soulja Boy dance a lot.”

5:28 p.m., February 8

Heading to her agency, Elite.

“I don’t really take it too personally,” Stephens says of not being cast in a show. “Not everyone’s gonna like you. If I didn’t get them, then okay. Move on.”

10:02 a.m., February 20

Backstage with her friend Karlie Kloss at Marni, Milan.

“We’re both going through the same stuff with school,” Stephens says of Kloss, another new model. They look up to veteran Coco Rocha. “She’s like the whole package. She felt like a big sister.”

4:27 p.m., February 21

Backstage at Fendi in Paris; Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, And Julie Stephens, Ali’s mother.

“My mom helps me a lot. She knows me the best, she knows what things make me more stressed.”

8:37 p.m., February 29

Backstage at Alexander Mcqueen, Paris.

“That was probably the weirdest backstage. It was so hot back there. And everyone was fanning each other. It was kind of funny—all the girls were laughing at how ridiculous we all looked. ”

9:53 a.m., February 20

At Marni.

“I don’t even remember them, so I guess they didn’t affect me that much,” Stephens says of the giant sunglasses.