how does it feel to work for Teen Vogue? do you feel special? 'what do you do for a living? I'm a lawyer' 'oh, I'm an editor for teen vogue'
how did you get to where you are? (not just 'hard work and dedication', please tell me a story :D)
did you always want to be an editor? would you ever be, say, a model or designer?
well, honestly, if you asked my parents, they’d much rather I be a lawyer than a Teen Vogue editor. I never thought I’d end up a magazine editor—in fact I was pre-med and pre-law at different points of my college career. I got an internship offer between my junior and senior years of college (wanted a break from pre-med) at Harper’s Bazaar and love love loved it. it opened my eyes to the bigger world out there, that I could actually have a job that was my passion as well, and I haven’t looked back since.
(and ps: I could never be a model because, well, I’m not tall or young enough; and nope to designer bc, well, I’d rather buy clothes than design ‘em)
i love how you did your braided updo! (in the picture with @cmbenz) so cute! is the braid your real hair or did you put on extensions for it?
thank you! the braid was my real hair. here’s my crazy easy step-by-step: the night before you plan to do the braid, sprinkle a little dry shampoo (or baby powder) into the roots. the next morning, part your hair in a deep side part and french braid your hair going from one side to another. bobby pin the braid behind your hair, fluff up the rest of your hair and pop it into a bun. easy peasy (really rather lazy, actually) :)
Hi Eva! I just wanted to let you know that your tumblr is delightful! I was also hoping you could help me with my question: how do you go about becoming a fashion stylist? If you have any advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
if you’d like to be a fashion stylist, I think your best bet is to start as a fashion closet intern at a magazine. you’ll get a wonderful base knowledge of every designer, every style of clothing, everything, period! from there, you want to assist a stylist. I assisted a stylist many moons ago and, let me tell you, it’s not glamorous work: you’re on your hands and knees buckling shoes, running crazy errands, feeding models. but, honestly, it didn’t matter. why? because my job was really to soak it all up. I didn’t end up going down that path (I missed writing), but I think starting from the bottom is the best and smartest move you can make. (ps: make sure to do your research too. figure out who your fave stylists are. are they editorial? celebrity? which photographers do you like? etc)
I'm also fairly new to Tumblr, but have loved following your blog thus far! Your style/posts are so chic and inspiring. I'm a college student in search of internships (my dream one being at a fashion magazine in New York). I was just wondering if you had any advice as how to make a cover letter/resume stand out from hundreds of fashion savvy applicants? Thanks!
your cover letter needs to not just talk about how awesome you are, but also why you’re applying to the organization. I’m always impressed when people can cite their favorite Teen Vogue stories, photographers, stylists, the history of Teen Vogue, etc. you really need to show that you care about the brand. (but, please, I beg of you: keep it shortish. three paragraphs is more than enough)
Hi Eva! I'm from Manila, Philippines and I went to last year's Fashion U. It was amazing seeing you! Your style is awesome. :)
Anyway, do you have any advice for aspiring fashion journalists? It takes a lot more to write fashionably and I wanna be a professional at it! Have fun at Fashion Week. <3
thanks for coming all the way from Manila to Fashion U. it’s an amazing event, right? if you want to be a fashion journalist, I definitely recommend, firstly, reading anything and everything about fashion. books, magazines, newspapers. identify the kind of writing you like. is it full of personality or more detached? what do you like about it? and then practice—the great thing about platforms like Tumblr is that you can express yourself and your aesthetic. I wish it had been around when I was a teen/student! next up: intern. look into local magazines or blogs and offer your services and soak it all up. good luck!
Hi Eva! I'm a freshman in college, and am extremely interested in mirroring a career path similar to yours. I have always loved fashion, but never understood how I could make a career of it. I've been pursuing the banal pre-law route with my studies, but wondered if you had any advice on how I could attempt to manifest my goals of editorial/magazines/publishing/fashion! (I'm working on better defining the list.) Thanks!
P.S. Your blog is amazing, and I loved the shout to to J.Crew :)
oh, banal pre-law. been there, done that (I worked at Cravath for a few months after college: my parents were so happy!). if you’re a freshman in college, you’re lucky bc you have some time to figure it out. I would try an internship in magazines/fashion first and if you love it, well, then you know that’s a route for you. if you hate it, you have plenty of other semesters to figure out what it is that makes you tick.
my #1 advice, though? don’t pursue a career path just because you feel you “have” to or because it’s “safe”. you need to LOVE your job!
today i came across this article http://intothegloss.com/2010/09/eva-chen-beauty-director-teen-vogue where you said the cover girl lash blast lenght was the best. I own one but even if I apply just a thin layer my lashes come down and it looks like i didn't even curled them (i have asian straight lashes). do you know any *magic* tip so this won't happen, pleeease? :D
I have crazy straight Asian lashes as well! I use Shu Uemura’s lash curler at three locations: at the base of the lashes, then I pulse it up to the center, then I do a mini pulse at the tip. the result = super curled lashes! I would also recommend using a lash serum (Rimmel and L’Oreal have drugstore versions, but if you can splurge try Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For) every day!
i don't suppose you have any advice for girls who aspire to be models, do you? :)
I’d recommend a) taking a LOT of practice photos. have your friends do the makeup, shoot the photography, style you. you need to learn your angles! b) attend (non-shady—because there are a lot of shady con artists/sketchy people out there) fashion show competitions (Elite has a good one) and open calls. but, sigh, modeling is tough. to be brutally honest, a lot of the time you just have to be “discovered”, whether it’s at a talent competition, in the mall, etc. but don’t give up on your dream—just keep other fashion-related careers in mind too (there are so many!).
Hi Eva! First of all, I feel so couture knowing all these facts about make up & fashion haha, thanks for all your helpful blogs :] Secondly, spring is fast approaching which calls for more skin & bright colors...but I'm not very thin, and I'm pretty busty (I read somewhere bright colors make you look bigger). Do you have any fashion tips to dress for the season without looking like a neon colored beached whale? Or maybe suggestions on swimsuits for any body? Thanks in advance :]
"neon colored beached whale"—thank you for making me laugh! honestly, speaking from the other side, the grass is always greener. I always wished I had more of a, uh, bust to fill out bathing suits with! I’m no swimsuit pro but all I can say is love your body. it’s all about finding the cuts/shapes that suit YOU. I would highly recommend finding a brand (like Malia Mills or J.Crew) that sells bathing suit tops/bottoms separately too. mix and match until you find your perfect combo!
Ok so I was going through my old Teen Vogues a couple weeks ago and read about when you decided to cut your hair short and that totally pushed me to do the same, so I did. And I must say, having short hair is so much less of a hassle! And in my head, images of Stella, Anja and Carmen float around as a form of a short haired contact high. Would you ever do it again?
my hair right now is chin length, actually! I love short hair. I think it’s magical and chic and instantly gives any girl a “look.” my next hair step is actually, eep, perming my hair. I want Alexa Chung/ScarJo waves! wish me luck ;)
Could you detail your skin care regimen? Your skin is perfect!
my routine is extensive! AM: wash, serum, SPF. PM: wash, serum, night cream, eye cream, heavier lip balm, lash serum. 3x a week I use a mask, 2x a week I use a peel pad, 2x week (alternating with the peel pad) I use a retinoid. umm, I think that’s it. (but that’s a lot). the brands vary depending on what I’m testing at the moment!