The influence of online fashion publications cannot be stressed enough. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be an online fashion writer, we’ve grabbed the Managing Editor of FashionIndie to give us the inside scoop of the job. FashionIndie is an online publication covering all facets of the fashion industry — beauty, celeb news, style tips, etc. Since 2008, the Kent State University grad has been posting stories with her unique and quirky take on fashion. We had the opportunity to pick her brain about her college style and favorite part of being an Editor! Enjoy our Q&A!
CollegeFashionista: Where did you go to school and where did you study?
Amanda Gabriele: Kent State University where I studied Fashion Merchandising, Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing.
CF: What was your style like in college and how has it evolved?
AG: The tightest jeans I could find, ripped fishnets, graphic tees and weaponry accessories. I still love the spiked, S&M jewelry, but the graphic tees have turned into printed silk shirts, both new and vintage. I didn't wear heels in college a lot because of all the walking on campus, but now I wear them almost every day.
CF: What is your favorite part of being a fashion editor?
AG: The interesting people I meet and cool indie brands I come across. Fashion is the highest form of art in my mind, so to be surrounded by the beauty every day is like a dream.
CF: Your current favorite fashion item?
AG: I have been obsessed with my Surface to Air cross sword necklace lately.
CF: Three fashion things you can’t live without?
AG: Black skinny jeans, neon platforms and a great big day bag.
CF: Did you have any internships before landing this job?
AG: Yes, I was a marketing intern at Love Brigade and merchandising intern at Freshpair.com.
CF: What is your advice to anyone trying to work at a fashion publication such as FashionIndie?
AG: Meet as many people as you can and don't burn your bridges. This industry is very small and people talk. Also, be yourself at your fiercest at all times. Check your spelling and your grammar!