The fashion industry is a lot more than the glamorous façade of red carpets and runway shows. People become so fascinated with the illusion that fashion is solely about jet setting and being draped in high-end designers they don’t see how labor intensive it actually is and stressful it actually is. Before I developed my fashion capabilities, I myself never even realized the constant struggles that went with working in the industry. Although I had magazines as many fashion aspirants do, I saw fashion the way many others did; it must be wonderful to be a professional in fashion, constantly travel to Fashion Week and have assistants gather loads of designer clothes (worth thousands of dollars) to wear. I didn’t think about what really went into creating those magazine pages and seeing celebrities walking the carpets in their final, perfectly put together looks.
Rachel Zoe had a reality show about what it was like to style celebrities and various high-profile shoots and that was when the light bulb in my head first went off. I wanted to work with celebrities and work red carpets in some way, even if I wasn’t directly there. She became my first “fashion inspiration” and I wanted to be just like Rachel Zoe. But when I read stories about how catty the fashion industry was, I quickly changed my mind and decided to try the music industry. I did music PR for a few months and was just not feeling it. I tried applying for an internship at a record label but that was a bust. So I bit the bullet and applied for fashion PR.
Fashion PR wasn’t exactly what I felt passionate about but it was definitely a start. I found myself interning with 50 Cent’s stylist soon after and that’s when it clicked. I wanted to work styling celebrities. It was my first experience working with a high-profile star and seeing the insanely hard work that goes into it. In that time I got to work with a couple other actresses like Elizabeth Rodriguez from Orange Is The New Black and Seventeen Magazine. I knew I wasn’t one to get starstruck and felt like styling would be a good environment for me. It was a challenge but I loved interacting with stars in a way the public would never see.
Interning at Marie Claire Magazine had to be one of the greatest experiences and privileges of my life. I got to work under the well-known (in fashion) Zanna Roberts Rassi and it was a dream come true. She not only worked as a Senior Fashion Editor but she was also an E! News fashion correspondent, which means I got to be on set as she filmed her E! segments and help her prepare for celebrity interviews. I got to assist her on set of the Today Show and help prepare for her E! News binder for the Oscars (yes, THE Oscars!!) I then went onto NYLON Magazine and then another celebrity stylist and got to be on set for a massive shoot for the cast of GIRLS. I got to work closely with Adam Driver (who you might know from Star Wars), which was pretty cool. I currently intern for Sarah Jessica Parker’s stylist and I just started but I’m excited to see what kind of things I’ll get to experience and the interactions I’ll be able to have with my bosses’ clients. Stay tuned!