Whitney Port and her words of wisdom about/for fashion internships:
Name: Whitney Eve Port
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Crossroads H.S.
I was previously working at Women’s Wear Daily in the same building as Teen Vogueand overheard that Teen Vogue was looking for interns. I interviewed immediately and was extremely lucky in getting the job! Basically I assist stylists on photo shoots, steam multiple pounds of clothing, work behind the scenes at fashion shows, and perform research at the editors’ whim. So far, my favorite task has to be assisting stylists on photo shoots.
I expected a lot of busy work, like packing up clothes for shoots, a lot of steaming, and hopefully some fieldwork that included assisting on photo shoots. It turned out to be exactly as I had imagined! I interned at a few companies before Teen Vogue, so I had a good idea of what interning in the fashion industry would be like. Nothing really surprised me. Maybe the fact that Lisa Love is so unbelievably nice! But other than that it has been as awesome as I had hoped for.
The one bit of advice I would give an intern applicant is to stay strong throughout the busy work and know that it will eventually pay off. Everyone has to start somewhere, and although the grunt work can get frustrating at times, hard work will raise you up!