Saturday, April 12, 2008

Jazzi of all trades

(Photo Credit -- Jazzi McGilbert)
I thought I was getting ahead when I seriously began interning and working in the fashion and publishing industry at age 15, but dear Jazzi McGilbert puts all of us young fashionistas to shame!

This beautiful lady started working for Teen Vogue at age 13 after she attended a discussion panel with the editors -- before The Hills glamorized fashion magazine internships. Now that she's 19-years-old, she attends The New School in New York City -- while interning and working at the same time. Feeling unaccomplished yet? I am.

You may have seen her wonderfully witty posts on, or perhaps you've gained some gems of wisdom from her on Teen Vogue. Yet, even though she's unbelievably busy -- she offered to answer some questions for Miss Couturable:
1. How did you know that you wanted to work in fashion publishing?
As you can tell from my blog, I have a major interest in, well, anything creative. Since I pursue (or have pursued) more than a couple of these avenues-- namely Writing, Styling, Graphic Design, Creative Directing at the moment, but Makeup, Music (singing), Film/Acting, Directing, etc. in the recent past-- Magazines were the only viable career option for me.

Unlike a lot of people, my array of interests doesn't come from a lack of focus, but rather a lot of skillsets (gosh that feels weird to say about myself). I feel like my "calling" is to start my own magazine, a place were I can combine my talent and my love of people into one place. No other career would allow for my kind of creative schizophrenia!

2. What is the toughest thing about working in this industry?
I can only speak for myself, but the toughest thing about this industry for me is my age. I started working at 13, and as driven as I am, I still find myself at dead ends at times because people think I'm "too young". For "those people" I have two words: Edward Enninful, and fists full of young people with tremendous talent.

3. What is the biggest misconception about this industry that young aspiring fashionistas have?
The Hills.

But really, the biggest misconception I see is people who think that Money = Style = Talent (and a sense of Entitlement). Or any combination thereof.
There are plenty of fashion interns in New York City who could string together a few smart pieces of advice, but I've admired Jazzi since the beginning of my fashion endeavors because she is a self-made fashionista. There are some people who dress well but cannot write well -- and vice versa. Jazzi, however, is witty, down-to-earth, genuine, and ambitious -- with a tastefully chic wardrobe.

It's easy to be in awe of figures such as Anna Wintour because they have become godly figures in our minds (and surely, Anna Wintour is quite an ethereal figure), but it's a greater pleasure to become acquainted with those who have not reached the top yet -- but "burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars," as Jack Kerouac would say.

Miss Couturable
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