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
i love the look of a sleek ponytail, but i have those little asian baby flyaway hairs that never stay down. any low-midrange product/styling suggestions that don't require bobby pins?
those little asian baby flyaway hairs are the bane of my existence too! grrr! have you tried John Frieda’s Full Repair Touch Up Flyaway Tamer (the name is a mouthful, I know)? it’s basically like a giant mascara wand that has a super light flyaway tamer. back when I had hair long enough to put up, I kept one in every handbag
I hear that using eye creams when you're young is like "saving up for retirement." Can you recommend a good eye cream for day, and one for night for those in their late teens/early twenties? Maybe one that is sort of middle-priced? Thanks!
sadly, by the time you realize you need eye creams (usually staring at yourself in a dimly lit and quite unflattering mirror, recoiling in horror at the web of fine lines), it’s too late. not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything ;) I like Lancome Renergie for evening—it has a rich eye cream and, for day, an ultra-sheer concealer to help hide dark circles. I also like Clinique’s All About Eyes—it’s a classic. if you can (really and truly) splurge, check out La Prairie. and I’m also a fan of Neutrogena!
Hi again, Eva! How many months/weeks does it take for you guys to put together one issue? :)What month are you working on these days?
to give you an idea of timing, it’s currently November and we’re finishing up the February issue. my March, April, and May pages are all booked up—and I have some (major!) September stories in the works too! which basically means that when someone asks me what date it is, I never have a clue. my brain is working too far in the future. sigh!
Do you have any tips for girls on how to maintain long and healthy hair?
great question! I’m actually in the process of growing my hair out and I asked the pros for some tips. here’s what they all unequivocally agreed on: get enough protein—it’s the building blocks for healthy hair, so plenty of lean meats or eggs, beans, or tofu. take a biotin supplement a day (available at most health food stores, I buy Jarrow brand at Whole Foods), it speeds hair growth. exercise boosts overall circulation (and, obviously, is a great all around habit to begin with) so some said it makes hair grow faster as well. and get regular trims: one hairstylist showed me a hair on a model that started as a split end but had split all the way up the hair shaft. shudder, shudder, shudder!