I work for a nonfashion magazine and wish I looked as cute as you do every day! How do you afford such amazing clothes? I am trying to build a wardrobe that's stylish and totally me, but is also high-quality and going to last forever. (No more Forever 21!)
thank you! okay, so, like, I never buy clothes full price. seriously. never. I always try to shop smart—so I trawl sites like Outnet, Yoox, sale sections of Net-a-porter, shopbop, and of course sales at actual department stores too. it’s really important to have a good relationship with salespeople at your favorite shops so they call you when things go on sale. and I’m a big fan of shops like Zara and JCrew. it’s all in the mix, you know? buy expensive pieces that you think you’ll love forever, but mix in crazy “trend” pieces from high street retailers xx
I am a fashion junkie and PR enthusiast. I am a recent graduate and still trying to figure out how to land the perfect job. HOW did you make your way to be the editor of Teen Vogue? Any advice?
if you aspire to work in PR, check out my friend Alexis’ website http://theprcloset.tumblr.com/. she’s worked in beauty and fashion PR and knows her stuff! she’s also on twitter @theprcloset.com. as for my job, honestly, it was a little bit of trial and error. I was pre-med, pre-law, interviewed at financial firms like Goldman Sachs, interned at hospitals, worked in PR for a summer, and came across an internship at Harper’s Bazaar before I knew magazines were the right fit for me. that one internship made all the difference. when you know you know, I suppose! from there, it was a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck!
whats the hardest thing about working in the publishing industry?
oh so many: long hours, low pay (in the beginning, at least), ever-changing trends to keep up with, frantic pace, competitive people, at times catty environments (or people), pressure to be on top of things always, having to channel creativity upon demand… but honestly, it’s all worth it
Do you think that being thin and tall is an advantage when working in the fashion industry? Have you as a Teen Vogue editor, ever seen a bias towards the curvier people in the fashion industry?
I’ll put it this way. there are plenty of tall, thin people who do not make it in the media/fashion business. I truly think the most important qualities have less to do about the way you look than the way you work. organization, creativity, efficiency, vision, ability to get along with others, humbleness, willingness to learn/start small. that’s what matters
Hi Eva! Just curious, how often do you paint your nails? Is an endless supply of colors one of the perks of being a beauty editor?
on average, I do my own nails twice a week. on average, I receive thirty polishes a week. you do the math—I have a ridiculous number of polishes stockpiled. good thing there are a lot of polish-obsessed staffers at Teen Vogue, so that I can share the considerable wealth!
Hey Eva! I love your high heel collection, it's so cute and it amazes me how you can walk in sky-high heels in NYC! I'm flat-footed and petite, so although I look polished and a bit taller, the pain is unbearable! Not to mention that I feel like a fraud when I wear heels. Do you have any tips for girls who are high-heel challenged and have difficulty walking in heels?
"unbearable pain"… that sounds familiar! well, to be honest, I take a lot of taxis. the most I walk in crazy heels (say, like, my 6 inch Alaia platforms) is about ten to fifteen NYC blocks (that’s half a mile, supposedly). after that, I worry about breaking something or worse: messing up my shoes. I have an arsenal of inexpensive flats under my desk at all times (Zara sandals galore, Repetto ballet flats, Topshop) so that I can easily toss a pair into my bag and swap when the agony gets to be too much for even a stalwart shoe soul like myself
I was wondering when should women start using anti-aging products? I am 18 now, and I know that's really young but I read somewhere that you should start in your mid-twenties.
I applaud your foresight! when I was eighteen, I was still laying out in the sun, frying my skin, slacking off on cleansing, the whole horrible nine yards! as an eighteen year old, I don’t think you need products with anti-aging claims per se (unless you have a lot of sun damage). I’d focus on the basics: establishing a good (and iron-clad: you have to stick to it) skincare routine that involves makeup removal and cleansing every.single.night—no matter how tired you are—and moisturizing. I’d make sure to wear SPF every.single.day as well. don’t ever smoke, try not to tan (and neverever fakebake), and try to eat healthily. you’ll look better at thirty than your peers. I promise. and you’ll need fewer products!