On Oct. 18, 2013, Teen Vogue opened the doors of Condé Nast Publications building in Times Square to a few lucky students.
Condé Nast is the publication company that houses some of the most universally renowned magazines: Vogue, Allure, GQ and Vanity Fair.
Having the ability to step foot in this mecca of the journalism world is like getting a taste of your dreams.
Teen Vogue Fashion University is an annual event, bringing in students from numerous countries. Walking into the doors of the Hudson Theater (where most of the classes were held) was essentially walking into a room filled the most fashion-forward high school and college students from all over the world. Intimidating? Slightly.
The most lucrative part of the weekend was being able to hear from Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in English. “I never thought I would end up at Teen Vogue”, she said. She explained that she got a position at Vogue after being referred by a colleague. The opportunity came shortly after being laid-off from Health, Home and Garden.
“Be nice to everyone you work with, make connections and never look at someone as inferior to you,” she advised.
Other seminars included prominent names in the fashion industry, including Coco Rocha, Alexa Chung and Erika Bearman. The event stayed true to its slogan, “Where the business of fashion is taught by its stars.”
The experience taught me crucial skills in networking, building my resume and not giving up on my dreams.
Getting to shake hands with the editors of Teen Vogue, equivalent to the royal family in the fashion journalism world, was a nice bonus.
For more information, please visit http://teenvoguefashionuniversity.com/.