I Never Had a Fashion Internship in College, Here's How I Got My Job



I'm not "supposed" to work in fashion. Recently, I asked a few of my closest college friends about where they thought I would be five years down the road, and it was a long shot away from fashion editor. "I thought you were going to go into something political, some sort of policy job," said one. "Maybe like as a researcher or writer," said another.

Don't get me wrong, I was a girl who used to paste cut-out Vogue editorials onto my walls, and ate up every episode of The Hills and Sex and the City. But actually working as an editor never seemed attainable to me. I grew up across the country in Oakland with no connections to the world that enthralled me, but I felt very far away. I never set a goal to become a fashion editor because I never thought it was a dream I could actually make real.

But here I am, a political economics major and a self-proclaimed tomboy. How did I make the leap? Let me invoke a cheesy saying here, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."