Supermodel Kim Alexis: 'My son said thank you for never doing nudes'

After trading in Louboutin pumps for a quiet life raising five kids, Kim Alexis is out talking about the business behind being a supermodel.

Alexis, a famous covergirl of the '80's, stars in the new HBO documentary "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now."

"Modeling is a lonely business," she said Wednesday on Fox and Friends. "[It's] a silent business. You don't speak. You don't really portray anything but an image...the business is so superfluous about dealing with the outside, it messes with your mind."

Alexis also admits to being placed in questionable shoots in the name of "art."

"You're in a small room with a couple of people who think it's art to take your clothes off. You have to stand there and say no, thinking 'these people are going to be mad at me.' You don't realize that what you're doing...could possibly have ramifications for years and years to come," Alexis said.

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But she always handled the tough situations well. "I never let myself get desperate," she said. "My son said 'thank you for never doing nudes because I would have had to hear it from [someone else].'"

Alexis believes the modeling business has evolved past the era of the supermodel.

"A supermodel needed to be able to be on Sports Illustrated, to be able to walk runways, to be able to do beauty ads, to be on covers," she said. "And the girls now can no longer be on covers and and be in the ads because your actresses have taken over all the jobs. I don't know what happened, but we want our jobs back."

When this supermodel left the biz, she had few regrets.

"I'm happy going home early and working out and just being a mother and being a wife," she said. "What made Kim more happy was family."

Alexis now has five children and lives with her husband Ron Dugay, a former NHL hockey player. She said that both her and her husband will be supporting Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election.

"I'm conservative. I was raised conservative and that's the way I will vote," she said. "I think that he's got a lot going for him. I think the press gives him a really unfair rap. They're constantly picking him apart."

Now that her oldest son is finally headed to college ("I'm going to be an empty nester," Alexis laughed), she's ready to get her career back in gear.

"I've started developing and doing things to rebrand myself and get back in the business," she said. "I'd love to be on the covers again even though I'm older."