who are your favourite models both based on their looks? then ones based on their personality. i'm so jealous of your nailpolish collection!
well, honestly, because I go backstage and talk to all the models (and know which ones are nice versus, um, not) I have a hard time separating looks and personality! so my all-around favorites are Liu Wen, Coco Rocha, Daria Werbowy, Constance Jablonski, Sasha P, Lindsey Wixson, and, lately, Arizona Muse
Hi Eva! Can you please share to us your fashion industry journey? There is no direct paths in fashion and I'd like to know your own story? Did you have to order coffee for your boss when you just started off? Did you go to a fashion school or did you just take a liberal arts degree? I hope its not too personal, I love hearing success stories and its also nice to know. Do you think I'll be more successful in fashion if I have a 4yr degree in order to become a magazine fashion/ accessories editor? The fashion industry is so dynamic and there are so much players involved. It's very exciting! Sorry if this is long! Have a great night!
I had a really indirect path to magazines! I was pre-med and pre-law and pre-everything before I landed my first real magazine job. I didn’t study at a fashion school, nor do you need to, unless you want to be a designer (and even then it’s not totally necessary!). and, yes, holy cow, I did order a lot of coffee for my boss when I was an assistant—in addition to a trillion other little tasks I had to do (but enjoyed, generally, just because I was so happy to have the job, period!). my advice to you: major in whatever subject you love most, intern intern intern, and do your homework—read everything you can about the field you want to get into. hope this helps and good luck!
I just started following you and looked at my dashboard to see the recent post you made about a graduate trying to find internships in the fashion media industry. Such a coincidence because I am about to be in a similar position as her! I will graduate in May and am scrambling to look for jobs in the fashion media industry (preferably in NYC). Most of them require some experience and I'm just looking for an entry-level position. There are plenty of internships, but they're either unpaid or for school credit only. My question is: are there any entry-level positions available at Teen Vogue?
here’s the thing with magazine jobs: we never really recruit in advance. basically, the day someone resigns is the day we start looking for people to interview. unlike finance or law, we don’t pre-hire for people to start on a set date, if that makes any sense. so the best time to start looking for a job really is, like, right before you graduate. that said, you should try to conduct as many informational interviews with industry folks as you can, so that you learn about the prospective field. and contact your school alumni office to see if they can put you in touch with anyone as well! work every angle and connection you have!
Your very slim! What's your diet like if you don't mind me asking ^^'
well, a lot of it is genetics, of course. I’m very lucky to have a mum who was generally quite slender through her 40s (although now she’s affably plump like most older Asian ladies). but, uh, I’m a vegetarian (bc of digestive reasons, not moral), I don’t drink soda (except for the odd root beer float), and eat veggies and fruits by the bucketload!
Hi Eva :D! I would love to get an internship in New York but I live in DC and most places in New York require that we get college credit. How did you intern in New York if you were going to school in Baltimore? - Thanks in advance :)
I interned in NYC over the summer. my advice is to not forget the local markets either. when I lived in salty Balti, I worked at a teenytiny magazine that had, for serious, like six people on staff. it was a great experience because I literally got to do everything: report, write, edit, research (not to mention the seemingly requisite photo copying and faxing). so think about starting at a local magazine or blog—it’ll only make your resume stronger for when you apply to jobs in NYC!
Is it ok I ask you a few question , I know you are probably extremely busy but it would mean a lot to me , I absolutely love your blog and im a Teen Vogue
With Fashion week being over what are the beauty trends you are predicting for F/W ?
What are your favourite products out there at the moment for people on a budget but want to get the expensive look ?
Me being from England Do you think American girls have the different ideas to what beauty is compared to English girls
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to work in fashion/beauty ?
hi there! sorry for the delayed response! best way to get to me is always twitter @evachen212. here are my answers:
*ponytails, braids, blue eyeshadow, red lips (as usual!), dreamy pearly eye makeup
*makeup-wise: luckily there are so many great brands out there that create cutting edge products with lower price points. I like Rimmel, Cover Girl, Maybelline, and Revlon! clothing-wise, I would say splurge on a few key items each season like “it” shoes or bags but buy clothing at H&M, Topshop, and Zara. better yet, buy on-trend vintage clothes and have them altered to your size/shape.
*yes, English beauty is more relaxed and offbeat. American beauty tends to be different from LA to NYC! LA tends to be sunny, beachy, and relaxed style, NY tends to be more polished!
*start interning when you’re in college and don’t be afraid to dream big. contact your favorite editors or magazines on twitter and tumblr to try to get placements as well. good luck!
What was your major in college and did you attend a university? love your blog! xoxo
thank you! I was actually pre-med in college and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I’m living proof that a) the best laid plans go to waste and b) you never know where you’ll end up! so it’s best never to be too rigid or too “I must have this job”—because unexpected twists and turns can lead to happy wonderful things x
Hey Eva! I was just wondering if you knew of any affordable foundations that you think work really well. I ran out of mine and was looking to try a new product. Thanks in advance!
I really like the ones from CoverGirl Simply Ageless. It’s in a compact and is this yummy creamy, Olay-infused formula that goes on nicely! If you like a more traditional pump-style foundation, Rimmel has a newish one out called Match Perfection that’s good as well. I would recommend buying any and all makeup, though, at a drugstore like CVS that has a wonderful return policy—they’ll take back anything that doesn’t work, even if it’s just a “oh, this wasn’t the right shade for me” situation! hooray!
I'm a very pale Asian and I'm totally into nude lipstick. Do you have any recommendations?
oh! Shiseido has some totally rocking nude lipsticks right now. their makeup director Dick Page is totally brills! I also love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy—it’s a sheer nude with the teeniest drop of pink in it.
I love your blog.. I find it to be incredibly inspiring!
I was wondering if you could post your Chanel bag collection. Or all of your bags! :)
Also, I was wondering if Canadians are able to get internships at Teen Vogue?
aw, thank you! I’m sure I’ll post my Chanel bag collection one day—but let me add a few more pieces to it first ;) and re: Canadian interns… sadly, no, we don’t take international interns. but you guys have some great, great fashion magazines up north! intern there, get some great experience, and move here later in your career.