Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education: University of Maryland/ Senior/ Public Relations
What is your favorite part of being a TEEN VOGUE intern?
Working with the hilarious, stylish and intelligent women in the marketing office. They go to show that you can have fun while working and still be successful. I also love seeing a project from start to end and really feeling like I am part of the team!
How did you land this internship?
I went to TVFU last fall and met my now supervisor there. She is an alum at my school (University of Maryland). I kept in touch with her and she forwarded my resume along.
What advice would you give aspiring students on landing an internship?
Don't be afraid to apply for internships if you have no formal internship experience. You'd be surprised with how much you know. I totally recommend writing for a blog or a newspaper (I write for CollegeFashionista and my experience led me to TEEN VOGUE!). Everyone needs to know basic writing skills and writing for a blog gives you a portfolio you can send potential employers. Just take little steps and be determined! You will get there!
What do you believe is the most important quality to possess in order to be a successful intern?
Be determined and independent. If you don't know an answer to a question—don't bother your supervisor until you've exhausted all other options. Google it or ask another intern for help. You'll end up learning more by figuring it out yourself!
How did your passion for fashion transpire?
As a kid whenever I got new clothes I always said "I want to wear!" so my mom would change my outfit right there. Through the awkward teenage years you did not want to see my style—hello swooshy pants—and eventually toward the end of senior year of high school I developed my style. I just love the way clothes make you feel and how you can change your style whenever you want.
Who are your favorite designers?
Ever since I saw Prabal Gurung's Spring 2010 collection, I've been obsessed with him. I also love Kate Spade, Missoni, Jason Wu and Alexander Wang.
What are your favorite sources for fashion inspiration?
When I am feeling drab and uninspired I always look at street style bloggers. I love Cupcakes and Cashmere, Pink Peonies and Atlantic Pacific. Their bright ensembles inspire me!
What is your signature look?
I don't think I have one. But if I had to choose a typical look/something I'd wear everyday—skinny jeans, an oversized T-shirt, black heels and a statement necklace. I like the masculinity of the T-shirt and the femininity of the heels and necklace. Also I love rocking high waist shorts and bright colored pants.
What is your dream job?
As of now (yes, it changes often) I want to work in marketing rather than public relations, which is what I am studying in school. I love what I am doing at TEEN VOGUE and interning here has definitely convinced me that I need to work in fashion!
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