Monthly Archives: September 2010

Wednesday’s Fashion Intern Confession

Wednesday was an eventful day, I accidentally arrived 30 mins late to MC, on my trial day I came in at 9:30am, so somehow my mind was set on arriving at 9:30am. I got there at 9 so I stalled a bit outside, got some coffee and slowly made my way to the security desk to receive my day pass. I slowly rode my way up the 31 flights from the lobby and cheerfully entered the closet with a enthusiastic HELLO!  After putting my purse in the closet I walked over to the desk and the full-time Intern said in her Australian accent “Geez it’s 9:30!” I replied “Yeah it’s 9:30, what’s wrong?” lol she then repeated herself “It’s 9:30” insinuating I was late, I responded “That’s the time I was told to come last week” then I suddenly realized I’d told the Fashion Assistant I would be there at 9, so in our morning meeting I apologized and she responded “No big deal, I assumed you came at 9:30 because that’s what time I told you to come last week.” Whew! That was a close one! right? lol

The day went on pretty normal, returns, check in’s, runs, blah blah blah. I did some boards for the first time in life! I didn’t really make it super neat so I had to redo it, which kinda sucked but you live & you learn. Apparently the Fashion Assistant likes the pictures so close that they are almost on top of each other kind of overlapping; silly me thought that each picture should be in full and complete view! lol Honestly it looks great overlapping like that, and if I ever have to do boards again it will be in that manner. lol So now I can clearly add to my list of skills: Board Master!

To my surprise Ashley Falcon was in the closet shooting a segment for a tv spot so I’ll probably be in the segment wondering around in the background. Ashley is fabulous! She’s actually not that big on the scale of big but she’s def plus sized and well loved at MC.

To end my first full day at MC I was asked to do a simple task. Find a street map of Milan. Now initially I thought this would be an extremely easy task, I took the corporate card and headed over to the Borders in Columbus Circle after hearing the Fashion Assistant say try the Borders. I ran over the few block and walked straight to the travel section and then the problem started. They had street maps of almost every damn European city except Milan! Damnit! So I ran to this little magazine store thinking they must have maps…same story different store. So then I go back to the office and start to call the other Borders to see if they have this Streetwise Milan map and they have it at 34th Street, so I run to the Fashion Assistant and tell her  “Hey they have a map at 34th street I can run and get it” Then I looked on her desk and she had the map “So that’s the one they have but you have it, soooo…” lol She explains to me that she had to keep flipping this one over and didn’t like that, so I stood there looking dumb for a minute then I saw that she had two and asked her, “Can I just put those two together and make one big one?” Initially she thought it wouldn’t work and I walked back to the closet feeling defeated! soooooo sad right? lol Then out of the blue she’d discovered that my BRILLIANT idea would work, and handed off the two maps. And after some serious matching skills and a little bit of copying and taping I emerged from the workroom  a little after 5 with a full size street map of Milan! Magic Done! POW!

At 5:15, I called it a day and headed off to school to buy some books from my classmates!


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Act da fool?

Proenza Schouler teams up with Director Harmonie Korine (the director of “Kids”) to present their Fall 2010 collection on film. I absolutely loved it! I love the visuals & the random thoughts (strategically written script lol)

Fav quote: How come God gotta be so violent I thought?

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Confessions of a Fashion Intern!

After a long grueling search for the perfect Internship I found the perfect place!

Yes! Marie Claire, which happens to be my favorite magazine. I love Marie Claire for everything besides the Fashion aspect. For me this magazine has been connecting me to women all over the globe for 10 years! I’ve been buying Marie Claire month to month faithfully for the past ten years, it’s something special about being able to count on your magazine having article after article that you must read. MC has been addressing women’s issues, and supporting women’s movements for years and that in it’s self is empowering.

I some how lucked up landing an internship working for  the Market Director Nina Sterghiou. During my internship I will be working in the Fashion closet but exclusively for Nina (well her assistant Molly!). I’ve only worked one day and I absolutely love it! I had to make the choice of MC and another magazine and MC obviously won! My first day was complete & utter chaos but that’s what I live for.

I’m looking forward to working my bum off this term with the ladies at MC! While enjoying the unbelievable view! Hopefully I’ll get to meet Nina Garcia! Check out this mini tour of the office!

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Big girl in a Skinny World

About three weeks ago I started interviewing for Internships, interviewing it’s self sucks period! And can be very difficult for anyone in the Fashion Industry but it’s particularly challenging for an overweight black girl. In this industry appearance is everything! and I mean EVERYTHING! Being Fat is like the closet thing to having the plague! Although I know the Industry eats fat ppl for breakfast, I’m NOT starting a new career because I gained weight.

(I know it’s just face shots but you can still see the dramatic difference)

In late 2007, early 2008 I started to gain weight and my 130lbs frame started to expand tremendously! It was around the time I stopped working with Mariel and had tons of time off to bum around and dine out with my girlfriend, friends & family. Well before I knew it I was over 200lbs and absolutely clueless about what to do to get my body back that I’d absolutely loved! This will probably been the hardest thing I will attempt this term, my school work, or internship doesn’t measure up to weight loss on the scale of difficulty. Yet I must do this for myself.

There are tons of blogs of fashionable fat girls and I love reading Ashley Falcon’s column in Marie Claire “Big girl in a Skinny world” but personally I don’t enjoy being fat nor is it healthy. I admire Ashley for being so brave for discussing her journey as a plus size woman in the fashion industry! It’s inspiring.

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I’m back!

I’ve been on a severe blogging hiatus!  But I’m back & I’ve made a commitment to myself to document some of the things I’m experiencing! Over the years I can say that I’ve experienced some really great things, yet I have none of them documented. So this will indeed be my opportunity to do so!

I hope you guys look forward to me blogging about my travels through the Fashion Industry as an Intern and the tales of a MBA student (as well as my journey to loose weight to get back to my normal size). I landed an internship at a magazine! School starts back tomorrow and I’m going to be taking three courses as well as a six week seminar. I will also be on an exercise and meal plan.

So be sure to check in with me on my progress in all three of these journeys.


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