How It All Started: Bianca’s “Roots” In the Fashion Industry
As the first (and only daughter) of a former model, I should have assumed that I would one day find myself working in the fashion realm. Given my long standing attachment to the industry it was inevitable. In between dressing Barbie in a thousand different costumes and reading book after book after book, my mother and I would take off for the mall, refusing to try anything on in favor of our “runway” at home. I would try on all of the outfits she styled, loving every second of walking down our mini runway, also known as the hallway. Fashion girl in the making, right?
Throughout high school, I became more interested in history and government and actually applied to New York University with a pre-law minor. Within two semesters, everything would change. Having lived in one of the most fashionable cities in the world for two years, and having just returned from study abroad in Florence, I found I was craving a more creative outlet … one that revolved around fashion and writing. So, during the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I was lucky enough to land an internship with the fashion director of Baltimore magazine. And so I spent the summer on photoshoots, steaming clothes and dressing models, working on credits for her pages in the glossy, and helping to organize her (ridiculously) overwhelming office covered in products to test, garment bags for shoots, and endless shoes. From there, I knew I was hooked.
Summers and semesters continued and I kept working in the magazine industry while studying journalism at NYU, mixing time in the fashion closet with time in editorial pods. I sat in on editorial meetings at the (now shuttered) Absolute magazine, interviewed shop owners for Style magazine in Baltimore, fact checked hotel details and fashion credits for Condé Nast Traveler, kept track of designer samples at Jane magazine and later transitioned into covering fashion news and trends for Jane.com. My time at NYU was quickly coming to a close and while my friends in business school signed with banks and firms before spring arrived, I was crossing my fingers and hoping to transition my internship experience into a full time position at a magazine. For one of my final assignments in a journalism class senior year, I had to interview someone who held a position I could see myself aspiring to in the future. Fashionista.com had just launched, so I reached out to the editor, hoping to sit down with her over coffee to interview her for my story and gain some access to the mystical world of full time employment.
And luckily, that is exactly what happened. As it turns out, the company she left in order to begin Fashionista was hiring a junior reporter who would cover news and parties for the website and magazine. I prepped for days, studying Style.com and the New York Times, interviewed, and landed my first job one month out of college at Fashion Week Daily. The next year and a half turned into a whirlwind of late nights and early mornings during Fashion Week, more than a few panicked moments at parties building up the nerve to interview celebrities and designers, and a wealth of published articles.
After a year and a half, I went on to work on a new website all about models that had yet to launch – Modelinia.com. While I began as a writer in charge of the blog, I proved my dedication and was promoted to editor and social media director. My new role meant I was running point on all of the news coming out of the modeling industry, cultivating strategy and execution for Twitter and Facebook (this was way before Instagram and Vine), and beginning to learn how to handle myself on camera. In college, I had no intention of working online—I always dreamt of seeing my name on the masthead at a magazine—or putting myself in front of a camera. Facebook existed, but the idea of social media as a professional position was still years away. As we all know, the field of journalism is ever changing, growing, and evolving. Since I've graduated, I've been able to meld and change along with it, learning how to adapt and overcome as I've transitioned from fashion intern to editorial intern to reporter to editor to social media director and into my current position at Glam!
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