Hi Eva, you give the most honest and genuine advice for young girls (or boys) out there. I was just wondering, when you interview possible candidates, what is that you look for? Originality? Personality? Skills? Experiences? Ambition? What is the key thing that distinguishes one person from another?
yes, please, to all of the above and there’s a sixth factor that you’re not mentioning that’s crucial: chemistry. “chemistry?” you’re thinking, “huh?” yes, chemistry: that undefinable and explainable “click” you have with some people, but not with others. two people could have the exact same characteristics and qualifications on paper and yet… one of them is a better fit as a candidate than the other. it’s something that can’t be forced. and if you don’t have that mutual understanding (it doesn’t have to be like the chemistry you have with your best friend, it can just be like we’re on the same page sort of feeling), it’s often better not to force that. I was once in a situation where I was placed into a department that wasn’t the best fit for me—the department head and I had, like, negative chemistry. I learned other lessons from said person, but it wasn’t the healthiest environment and that taught me a serious lesson in Chemistry 101
Hi Eva, I have super dry (non-acne prone) skin. I usually use baby-moisturizer on my face (Yes I know, GASP!) I am in desperate need of an amazingly thick face moisturizer. What are some of your drugstore and higher-ish end products that can help make me super moisturized?
GASP! just kidding. I actually espouse a “whatever works for you” philosophy. my grandmother used Noxzema and Oil of Olay—that’s what it was known as in her day—for over twenty years (before she started getting luxe goodies from me ^_^) and her skin was (still is!) absolutely perfect. she’s almost 90 but looks like she could be in her late sixties. if baby lotion is working for you and not causing breakouts, stick to it! here are some other ideas though, as well: *add a serum under your moisturizer. you might want to consider a face oil *one of my favorite ultra-hydrating moisturizers is Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense. it somehow feels light and like a dose of heavy-duty hydration at the same time *finally, moisturize from the inside out. consider adding a fish oil supplement (sounds gross but works wonders. I take 3mg a day) to your diet. your body needs healthy fats for soft, hydrated skin!
I don’t mean to be overly philosophical or “Chicken Soup for the Soul” but there’s no one right answer to your question—it’s a matter of taste and preference. you see, in my book, buying a mascara is like buying a pair of jeans. you and your best friend might be the same weight, same height, and build but the brand of jeans that looks phenomenal on you look like rubbish on her (and vice versa). lashes are the same in that respect—what works for my lashes (fine, uber-straight, and long) might not work for yours. and the look I like (long, defined) might not work for everyone as well (I don’t do the crazy dramatic thick Kardashian look). okay, I’ll stop with the deep thoughts and serve up my (personal) favorite mascaras: Eyeko Fat (adds volume and length without clumping), Blinc (uses tubing technology to give you ultra-long lashes. be aware that when you remove it, it looks like your entire lashes are coming off. don’t panic!), CoverGirl Lash Blast Length (for long, Bambi lashes), and Clinique Power Lash (love the teeny brush. perfect for corner lashes).
So I tried the Carrie Bradshaw approach to NYC last year, I was there for a week and thought I would find an apartment. With no such luck, I came back to California and unpacked all my boxes again. I am again "homesick" for New York so I am looking for some advice as how to get a job before actually picking up and moving. Also, how to get your resume seen without a lot of experience?? I went to cosmetology school and I have my Bachelors, now I want to combine the 2. Any advice is great!!!
oh, television, what a cruel vixen you are. you taunt us with programs like Friends/SATC/How I Met Your Mother and people think they can just up and move to NYC and score a two thousand square foot apartment in the west village easy-peasy. not, not, not true. but the good news: a) you’re homesick for NYC, which means that in your heart, it’s your home. which means that b) you’ll do anything to make it work/happen. I suggest reaching out to your schools first and foremost. do they have an alumni office? anyone they could put you in touch with in NYC? networking will be doubly important for you as you venture forth to a new city. good luck! NYC is the city where dreams come true—but make sure to plan, plan, plan first
I'm from Australia, i wish i could earn some money doingsome modelling of some sort, catalogue, commercial, anything! The problem is, I don't live in an area where i can go meet people, i don't have much money to spend on portfolio photographs or to sign with an agent, and i'm also short! and i mean, short. I'm only 157.5cm (so about... 5"2 i think).. I work hard in school because i dream of being able to buy chanel, and sass & bide and prada and zara etc. etc. etc. basically ANY ANY ANY advice?
my advice, which may come across as utterly impractical and completely idealistic, is that one’s motivation to work should never be for money or acquisitions. you should try to find a career or a job that you can’t not do, that’s how much you love it. my philosophy, in a (large) nutshell, is that when you love something, you’re good at it, and when you’re good at something, you’ll succeed/rise to the top. and then the rewards will come. looking at your question, my dearest Fre-ed-om, it seems that what you’re yearning for is the glamour of fashion. modeling at your height, honestly speaking, is darn near impossible (but maybe you should prove me wrong and go do it). I’d do some research on other careers out there—editor, writer, stylist, photographer, casting agent, set designer, the options are limitless—if you prepare well for it.
Hi there! I'm a sophomore in college,&my dream is to work in the fashion industry, specifically the business side. Every time I'm in one of my fashion classes&the more I learn, the more excited&intrigued I am. But my problem is sometimes I feel as if I'm not confident enough to be in this industry, or if I have what it takes to be in it. This past summer I interned at a designer's showroom&while I learned a lot, sometimes I felt intimidated. Did you ever feel like that when starting out?
here’s a little secret (that took me, like, multiple decades to figure out): everyone feels the same way you do. everyone! some people are just better at hiding it. feeling a little in-over-your-head is a good thing in my opinion. it means you’ve found something that you truly care about, that you’re not jaded, that you’ve found your passion. I recently had the opportunity to meet a major player in the fashion industry while I was in Paris and I had butterflies—nay, elephants—in my belly. instead of chalking it up to intimidation, I thought, “okay, if I’m this OMG about this moment, it means a lot to me. that means I’m on the right path.” listen, you were smart/good/generally qualified enough to get that internship—they chose you. remember that. confidence will come with time, all good things do.
Hey Eva, I'm on the East coast for school and as a West coast girl, I'm clueless about fall/winter gear. I'm looking for some boots to wear that will handle the cold weather and be comfortable for walking to classes. 99% of the girls start wearing knee high boots come fall but I dress more androgynously and think ankle boots would work better for me/boot diversity (though, I do love Frye's Melissa boot). Suggestions for boots/other fall necessities? Thank you.
you’re a girl after my own heart. I only own two pairs of knee high boots (out of, oh, three hundred pairs of overall shoes) and neither of them are traditional knee high boots: both are Chanel, one are insane biker boots with a huge metal plate in the front (I wear them on snowy days), the others are their trouser boots (similar to Givenchy’s this season). I *love* a flat ankle boot, however, and have about thirty pairs of them from Zara (white, studded) to Miu Miu (crystal-bedecked, suede). these Coach boots are my new obsession too! at the end of the day, don’t feel like you have to dress the same way as other girls—be yourself, be interesting, be chic!
I recently received an opportunity to meet with someone in the fashion industry. Sadly, it did not go as planned. Upon getting there, I was given the advice to lose 20-25 pounds (I am 5 feet tall and weigh anywhere from 95-100 pounds) and was informed that even so, I may not find success because I am short, have a slightly curvy build, and am not conventionally pretty. Does everyone in the industry think this way? I feel like I've been written off because I am not blonde and blue eyed.
whoever you met with is, pardon my language, a complete dingbat. a complete dingbat. he or she has no idea what they’re talking about. first of all, I am not blonde with blue eyes either. in fact, I’d easily say 95 percent of the fashion world is not. think of the editor in chief of, oh, every single major fashion magazine in the US. I can’t think of a single stylist I know who has that Gwyneth Paltrowy look. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: success is predicated on a) your work ethic b) your ideas c) your ability to fuse the two. whoever you spoke to was projecting their own insecurities or issues onto you. don’t let their negativity derail your dreams.
what are your (concise) handbag essentials? I recently got a mini PS11 and can't fit everything in it! (like I can with my PS1). Also, what are some good, non greasy hand lotions?
let me pose this question to you: is there anything worse than the feeling of chapped lips or hands… or grimy hands? ick! so, yes, a non-greasy hand lotion is definitely one of my handbag essentials. my favorite one is from Jurlique. it’s a splurge but it smells so good and works so well I think it’s worth it (that’s how I can justify anything, haha). other must-haves are hand sanitizer (I use Burt’s Bees) and lip balm (my absolute favorite is Dr. Hauschka). I do tend to carry my Smythson planner and my camera if there’s room. if not, those go by the wayside since, hello, I can use my phone as well. ps: if you find that your PS11 is too small for you, feel free to pass it my way! ;)
Hi Eva! I am super passionate about fashion but I am often worried that I could never make it in the fashion industry because of my height (or lack thereof). I am 4'11", and while I know that the only fashion job with real written height requirements is modeling, I feel as if EVERYONE in the industry is tall. Are there any people in other fashion positions who are short?
oh my darling—have you heard of a little power couple called the Olsens? what they lack in stature, they make up for in taste, power, and influence. I get asked questions all the time about height/weight/haircolor/personal style/schooling requirements to work in fashion and, call me idealistic, but I feel like the most important thing should be intelligence, passion, and work ethic. and I can say that many, many, many of the most brilliant girls I know in fashion are petite—5’3” and under. so go forth bravely, tall-ly (in personality, okay?), in the direction of your dreams
Hi Eva, your advice to those looking for fashion industry jobs is extremely constructive. Having heard many good things about being a Teen Vogue intern, I was wondering what you thought about interns who might feel belittled and humiliated from long hours and menial tasks as well as Grace Coddington's idea that "there are a lot of interns that feel very entitled. They think we owe them something". What considerations should supervisors have for their interns if any?
okay, so, 99 percent of the interns I’ve had have been exceptionally hard-working, conscientious, eager, smart, etc etc. those are the ones who I’ll bend over backwards to help—they’ve gone onto jobs at Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Teen Vogue, ELLE, and more, which makes me really happy! then I’ve had the ones who’ve a) asked when they would be able to write the cover story because they are “an English major at [fill in the blank Ivy League school] and therefore qualified” b) stopped showing up, period c) complained about having to update the contact list or organize the beauty closet d) other horrors I won’t detail (stealing!). sigh. in my opinion, this is what I owe my interns/employees: a learning experience, general civility/niceness, an opportunity to ask questions and be curious. I hope that, even if they have to make a photocopy, do model research, etc, they’re still learning, even if they’re menial tasks. when I was an intern (here’s where I get all old-timey), one of my tasks was to create a filing system for the six hundred or so a month press releases we’d get. that task, to be honest, is the definition of menial. but I saw the silver lining: I got to read every single one and, even now, I have a pretty encyclopedic memory of which publicist handles which beauty brand. long hours don’t feel long, also, when you love what you do! so my advice to you: stick it out. if you love something, you’ll be excited just to be a part of the organization you’re working for. you won’t care about the long hours. you’ll live for it. and that’s how you know when it’s a job that should be your career