Through out my four years of college at Indiana University, like many fashion girls I saved every issue of Vogue magazine. Often I used them for inspiration when I wrote for CollegeFashionista my senior year! But mainly I saved them because I knew I wanted to work for a fashion magazine or in fashion PR like so many girls before me and after. I didn’t get some of the internships I wanted over the years but at the end of the day I got the one I always dreamed about.

I interned in the fashion department of Vogue magazine for eight months. It’s my firm belief that the Vogue fashion department interns are the hardest working interns in the industry or for that matter, maybe the world (yeah I said it, the world. Fine, maybe just America). To be a great intern you have to be able to handle high-pressure situations, fashion emergencies that happen at least once a day and multi task with the best of them. Ultimately, I not only had to manage packing for a major shoot that consisted of five racks of clothing, but also fix the printer, simultaneously juggle 8 starbucks coffees for the fashion assistants, rescue clothing from a stylist that may or may not be keeping it hostage (seriously, I’ve done this one before) and do it all with a smile.

I walked the halls with fashion legends, touched clothing that literally one week ago came off the runway and worked on shoots with legendary photographers. All of which wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t work hard and wasn’t creative in my approach to getting my internship. Every girl and gay man wants to work in fashion so it’s essential to be creative in order to get noticed!

Like so many people have said before, fashion is not for the faint of heart. It really takes a lot of hard work, thick skin, and creativity to break through. I’ve worked till midnight before. Seriously. But, yes there is a but, I’ve worked a fashion show, two photo shoots with great editors, went to a charity event where Nicki Minaj performed and now working freelance in PR for MBFW. So it all depends what you deem is worth it.

My advice to all CollegeFashionistas who plan to get into the fashion industry after graduation is internships, internship, internships, network, network, network and work hard, work hard, work hard!

Also, through it all always remember why you love fashion because sometimes it’s easy to forget.

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