hi eva! this might be a weird question for me to ask but i was wondering what type of relationship you have with other magazine's editors... is it competitive or more friendly ? im related to vf's beauty director and i am so inspired and amazed by the work you guys do :) you are awesome!
lucky you to be related to Sun Hee! she’s amazing and one of the chicest ladies I know. in terms of competition, well, the truthful answer (for me at least) is that I don’t feel competition on a personal level. however, yes, there can be a bit of competition (in a healthy way) on a professional level. we’re all scrambling for the best stories for readers and there’s a bit of overlap. so, for instance, if I scored an exclusive with, say, Guido Palau in our September issue (which we did: check it out, it’s amazing) or Beyonce in our October issue (mum’s the word on whether that’s the case), someone at a “competitive” magazine might be bummed out. overall, though, the magazine community is tightly knit and tiny. so it serves people well not to be rabblerousers or drama queens
Hi Eva! I was just wondering, what do you think are the beauty essentials for an upcoming college freshman? Thanks!
a) flip-flops. because communal showers are gross but foot diseases are even grosser b) makeup remover wipes. the reality is that in between schoolwork, socializing, and campus involvement, washing your face can fall by the wayside. whenever possible, remember to cleanse your face thoroughly at night but if not, at the very least, use a makeup removing wipe. Burt’s Bees and Yes to Carrots have good ones! c) dry shampoo, for the same reason as b. my favorite is Serge Normant’s but John Frieda has a good one too d) a quick and easy makeup routine. whether it’s a winged liner and pretty pink glossy lips or a bold red lipstick and clean mascara, have a go-to “look” that’ll make it easy for you to look polished. enjoy college—have the time of your life! :)
what did you major in for your job? (magazine editor)
I was pre-med but eventually majored in English. here’s the truth: it doesn’t matter a whit what you major in. you should major in the subjects that you love and excel at. for me, pre-med was torture. I had to work so hard (not kidding: for organic chemistry I think I studied five hours a night, just for that one class) to do okay. but creative writing and English classes always made my heart soar. and they’d feel natural. at Teen Vogue (and at any other magazine), you have people who majored in the obvious, sure: English, writing, art history, communications, fashion, etc. but there are also business, Spanish, engineering, and a lot of “unrelated” majors. the key thing: experience. intern, intern, intern
How old were you when you became beauty editor at Teen Vogue? How did you get the job?
well, it was such a long time ago that it’s a bit of a haze. I’ve been working at Teen Vogue almost seven years! I must’ve been around 24 when I got the job and it all transpired super quickly. Amy Astley called me on a Tuesday, I interviewed with her on a Wednesday, I handed in some ideas (called an “edit test”) on a Thursday, and I got the job offer on Friday at 8 AM! lesson: you never know when life will take a wonderful and unexpected twist and always be prepared :)
Since I was lucky enough to attend Teen Vogue Fashion U 2010, I have made it my dream goal to work at Teen Vogue! I know it is a million other girl's dream too but I don't want to give up :) What is it that can set someone apart from others or what can someone do to be remembered after an interview? I'll take any advice! Thank you ! :)
besides being engaged and engaging (so many interview candidates just sit there like a rock and nod. they do try to be charming or likeable or ask smart questions), it’s also important to do things after the interview. such as: write a handwritten thank you note and dash that off to the mailbox as soon as possible. follow up occasionally: that interview is a foot in the door. if you don’t follow up, the door effectively reshuts!
What types of things should we include in a cover letter when applying for internships? Thank you!
when I read cover letters, 99% of the time all I see is “blah blah blah, blah blah blah, impersonal blah blah about blah blah how great I am. blah blah.” it’s great to list of your accomplishments. but don’t forget to write about what you love about the company you’re applying to? is it the photographers they work with? the subject matter of the stories? the impact on self-esteem? make it clear that you know the organization you’re applying to—that way, you’ll stand out
Hi Eva! My name is Agathe, I'm seventeen years old. Later I would like to work in fashion industry but i'm really scared because of my look, I mean, I height 1m50 and my face looks really young, usually people give me 14 years old and I'm not a beauty. So I'm really scared about working in this world that I really like but this is a world where beauty reign and like you said, can be a catty world. And as you can see i'm really not a confident person! So what do you think and what can you advise me? Thanks! (sorry for bad english)
sometimes, if you’re lucky, confidence is something you’re born with. for the rest of us—myself included—it’s something that’s learned. if I had to go back to my seventeen year old self, I’d tell myself to worry and agonize less and realize that I’d be okay, in time, because sometimes you need experience to be confident. when I was your age, I looked a lot younger too. I thought I’d be an ugly duckling forever (not that I’m not now, I just think of myself as a normal duckling). I grew out of it and learned to be happy with myself the way I was. but that took all of my twenties. I guess this is my long and rambling way of saying: I know how you feel. I went through the same thing. things take time. if you love fashion, you’ll make it work. don’t take no for an answer. and accept the things you see as flaws (youthful face, petite stature) as advantages. be patient: the confidence will come. I know it.
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