Alexa Chung’s Advice on How to Get a Job at Vogue
Many a woman has dreamed from childhood to work in the world of fashion. What does that entail? For so many of us, that would mean taking on a job as fashion reporter at Vogue, despite the scare we got after watching Meryl Streep’s character on “The Devil Wears Prada’ film. We have wanted to work in the world of glamour and grace, alongside the top designers and models, striving to be as perfect as possible like the ladies in the glossy magazines. The gorgeous Alexa Chung is no stranger to such dreams either, having wanted to get a job at Vogue from her teenager days. Like the rest of us, she just did not know how to get there.
Today, she runs the “Future of Fashion’ video series for the magazine, an English fashion model, television presenter and contributing editor to British Vogue. The 32-year-old role model certainly has achieved her youthful dream and is very well respected in her industry as one of the best names out there.
For the latest episode for the video series, Alexa Chung goes behind the scenes to teach us about just how one goes about working for a magazine. There is a meeting with Editor-in-chief Alexandra Schulman, some time spent with the styling team, including fashion director Lucinda Chambers, and a whole lot more. Vogue has grown immensely over the past 100 years and is a fun place from the looks of it, where one can get beautifully creative.
From the episode itself, we get the distinct impression that to work for a magazine, you have to be open to a whole lot of new experiences in your lifetime. Becoming an intern at the age of 32? Why not? Working as a secretary and moving your way up to curation and editing? That sounds interesting enough. If you are working for anything really, it is important not to take no for an answer. If you need a designer to get you certain looks, then they will get it to you, no matter what.
How is it that Vogue hires new people though? Chung proposes one alternative where the HR team picks up a few from those who write to the magazine directly. Alexandra Schulman adds on to it by mentioning the company’s terrific internship program, from which quite a few people have come from that. There is a certain amount of luck to it she mentions, being in the right place at the right time. Once you have a toe in, with every person who leaves and every shift in staff, you have a chance to pick up a new title, add to your responsibilities and get to really contribute to the magazine. So, in essence, be in the right place at the right time and really exploit that opportunity.
As for style, according to Lucinda Chambers, you can learn it easily enough, and you do not need to be born with it. Her own advice is to show guts, a willingness to learn and really take things on when luck throws them your way. But internships are the most important thing. Keep your eye out, balance out with not too much and not too little and just simply be there. All in all, working at a magazine might not be as far-fetched a dream as you had originally thought it might be!
Photo courtesy of @chungalexa