This past fall I went for an interview at Seventeen Magazine and while I sat in the waiting room to meet with the editors I was stunned by the appearance of all these women walking in and out. They were perfect similar to the women in the magazines that are airbrushed and wearing extremely expensive clothing. How can these women afford this lifestyle I kept thinking to myself. During my interview it was an eye opening experience to be in New York City and not until now have I truly analyzed this interview.
The interview was for a fashion assistant intern and was very fashion forward. I applied for feature editorial assistant intern. When I kept asking about my writing and how I wanted to explore certain topics such as beauty tips, health style alternatives (organic vs. processed), and even successful teenagers I was turned down and told my only opportunity to intern would be working in the fashion closet and running around the city finding certain clothing for the models. These clothing items that teenage girls wouldn’t even be able to afford since they are high end clothing.
I was told I wouldn’t be writing at all. It is interesting how the company just was telling me what to do and told me straight forward that I was not going to be writing. The way the editors framed their language made me feel guilty for even asking to be a part of the features department (where I applied for in the first place.)
I was offered the position, but turned it down to accept a radio internship in the area. Where I can walk in with jeans and a sweatshirt and not feel like I am the ugliest duckling and my ideas are heard by the producer and radio show hosts. I am encouraged to develop feature content and not feeling guilty for wanting to follow my passions.