I just finished reading the Teen Vogue handbook, I honestly loved it, it gave such great insight! The question I have is, if one wanted to be an editor of some sort (preferably in the fashion world) would you start out as an intern or would you attend school first? :)
well, really, they go hand in hand because most major magazines (Teen Vogue included) require that their interns be enrolled in school and receiving credit. I always suggest people wait to intern until they have at least one semester of college under their belts—your first semester of freshman year is an awesomely overwhelming time. you’ll be adjusting to college life, making new friends galore, and, well, having fun. enjoy it!
Could you help me? I think you have really great style, and I was wondering if you knew any stylish websites were I could find a prom dress?
oh man, I wish online shopping had existed when I was in high school! instead, I ran from shop to shop frantically looking for a dress—any dress—that was fancy enough to wear to a prom at the Plaza Hotel (I went to one of those Gossip Girly type schools), but in my budget as well. if I could magically transport myself back to high school, I’d check out Asos.com, Topshop.com, Shopbop.com, and all the web versions of department stores (Saks, Neiman, Bloomingdales). it’s all about free shipping (and hopefully returns) and the ability to return in-store. happy shopping and good luck!
In your honest opinion, which is better? Gaining experience in the fashion marketing field through internships or going to school for fashion marketing first? (I have a BA in Communication and just received admission from Parsons for an AAS). Either way I will be in NYC gaining experience.
can you do both? to me, the combination of education and experience is a winning combination. now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those “school is everything” tiger moms—most of what you need to know for an entry level job isn’t taught in school anyway—it’s learned on the job. and assistant tasks, whether you’re in banking, beauty, or zoology, are all quite mundane and mindless (really, it’s about absorbing the larger culture of the workplace and learning from people above you). but getting an education is about developing as a person, establishing a foundation for yourself, and letting your brain stretch and fly a bit in a safe area. do both—you’ll be unstoppable!
i'm so envious of your life! i'm in a bit of a dilemma, as i (but mainly my parents and school) would like to do international law and french at university, but i love absolutely everything to do with fashion and it really is my life and has been for as long as i can remember. i'm forever getting updates on the seasonal trends and upcoming designers, but i'm worried that fashion pr is a really competitive industry and i don't want to give up law if i won't 'make it' as such. any advice? x
you basically answered your own question in your first sentence—your parents and school want you to pursue law (not you). ergo, law is not the right path for you! I went through the exact same situation with pre-med (and, I must confess, law). I was pre-med for a good part of my time at Johns Hopkins and then worked at a law firm after graduation for a few months “just in case” I’d like it (I didn’t). the basic takeaway from my situation is to not waste time. if you know you want to work in fashion, and fashion PR in particular, make that your goal. honestly, life is competitive. whatever you choose to be and do will have its ups and downs, its high points and lows. the key, then, is to love the field you’re in. not making it isn’t an option—follow your passion
what is your advice on modeling for short/average size? I'm only 5'4" so I know I'm limited. I really would like to do face modeling for makeup or something in that area but I feel like agencies won't even consider me due to my height
frankly speaking, the odds of becoming a runway model at 5’4” are slim to none. when I’m backstage at shows, I feel like the vertically challenged Gimli (for those of you who aren’t nerds, that’s the dwarf in Lord of the Rings)—and I’m 5’9”. the average height for runway is about 5’11” or taller and impossibly, genetically giftedly thin. but, as you mention, “face modeling” is a whole different ballpark. in general that’s called commercial modeling and most agencies (even top ones like Wilhelmina) have a commercial department. that’s what you should be applying to. a word of warning though: any agencies that try to take your money or make you feel compromised are a scam. there are loads (too many to name) out there—be careful!
Hello Eva! Could you please give advice when it comes to an interview outfit at a fashion magazine? Is there anything that should not be worn (heels, a nice bag...)?
the key is to dress smart and chic—but not overly theatrically. you’re applying for a job at, say, Teen Vogue, not Cats. wear an outfit you feel comfortable in—I can always tell when people are in shoes they’re not used to, too tight/pinchy clothing, or just generally feel self-conscious. you can’t go wrong with a polished and pretty dress, killer heels (nothing too clonky or trying too hard though), and clean, minimal makeup! people should see you, not your makeup.
first, let me say i'm a really big fan of your blog. next, i'm really interested in modeling but, i don't where to start. i've sent my pictures to a few agencies in france but was told by someone ("Sue") at the Marilyn Agency that there isn't a market for black male models and i should try something behind the camera. i'm really discouraged but i don't want to give up. any advice? thanks.
first, thanks. second, that is outrageous. and awful. how dare Sue put a damper on your dreams! she is totally wrong—think of the male models past and present, who are male and darker-complected. once upon a time there wasn’t a market for Chinese models and look at the market now! of course, be realistic and open to other opportunities, but if modeling is your dream (and, to be fair, it’s not an easy field to work in or break into no matter what skin color you are), pursue it with all your heart and don’t let anyone discourage you
most stylists start as an assistant, whether it’s in the fashion closet of a magazine (extremely common) or as an assistant in a fashion-related field (PR). either way, it boils down to two factors: crazyhard work and networking. the former: if you aren’t able to prove that you’re hyper-organized, efficient, easy to be around, etc, a stylist won’t trust you to make the jump from organizing the closet to organizing their lives. the second: relationships matter. a lot. keep in touch with everyone you meet in the fashion field and ask them to refer you to stylists or stylist assistants they know! and from there… it’s passion, hard work (I realize I keep saying that!), and perchance a bit of luck