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How to be a slave to FASHION

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A Typical Editor

FASHION Magazine is offering three-month unpaid internships in four departments, including editorial, fashion, beauty and photo.

Now before you kiddies get scared off by that photo of Miranda Priestly, just remember that most of the things you read about fashion magazine internships simply aren’t true.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the most insidious rumors about internships that plague the publishing world.  Being able to sort fact from fiction may help you to decide if working for three months without a salary is worth it.

FICTION: After going missing, several FASHION interns were found buried in shallow graves with their vital organs harvested for transplants.

FACT: The so-called “missing” interns were found alive and only a few had “donated” collagen to their superiors at Elle Canada, not FASHION.

FICTION: Interns at FASHION are not subject to labor laws, as their position is unpaid.

FACT: Although the position is unpaid, FASHION strives to follow the example set forth in the Ontario Employment Standards Act.  Interns work a six-hour shift which entitles them to a half-hour lunch break.  Although much of that half-hour will be spent standing in line at KFC, picking up a bucket of chicken for the girls back in the office, interns are allowed to turn their cell phones back on during this thirty-minute interval.

FICTION: Interns only do the “grunt work” around the office, learning few practical skills that translate into real experience in the publishing industry.

FACT: Just this week, Ceri Marsh taught an intern how to lob eggs at Lisa Tant’s windows without getting caught.  If that’s not practical experience, I don’t what is!

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November 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Happy Birthday, Chanel Iman

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Chanel Iman

Happy birthday, Chanel Iman.  With a name like that, you were destined to become a fashion icon or a drag queen.  I’m glad you decided upon the former.

Edited to add: Long after I published this post, Wikipedia changed Chanel Iman’s birthday to December 1.

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November 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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Why I don’t shop at Wal-Mart

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I don’t want to make light of yesterday’s tragic trampling of a Wal-Mart employee in Long Island, NY.  However, I do want to point out this blog entry I posted in July.

That’s all.

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November 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Holiday 1983

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Cover: Holiday 1983.

Context: Michael Jackson’sThriller” video premieres on December 2.  The final episode of Manimal airs on NBC, featuring a shape-shifting crimefighter who can transform himself into any animal.  Brunei becomes a fully independant state on January 1, 1984.  Culture Club’sKarma Chameleon” rises to the top of the charts.  Tired of wearing rags in her hair, Ceri Marsh dumps the tribal look for an oversized Katherine Hamnett message tee.

Points of Interest:  The cover model is named Rhonda D’Amour.  That can’t be her real name, can it?

What Tyra Would Say: “Forget the Sears catalogue.  This girl is giving me the Sears portrait studio.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: I remember seeing that exact same outfit on Jane Wyman in Falcon Crest.

Grade: B+.

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November 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm

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Happy Birthday, Anna Faris

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Anna Faris

Happy birthday, Anna Faris.  Like John Waters and the CoverGirl factory, you’re from Baltimore, and that only makes me love you more.

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November 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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I bought a copy of Zoomer yesterday, just to see what it was all about.  I’m a big fan of editor in chief Suzanne Boyd (and she’s a big fan of mine, even though she might not know it yet), so I wanted to know what she’s been up to lately.

The magazine is great.  It sort of occupies a space somewhere between Vanity Fair, Canadian Living and FASHION.  It’s big and slick and pretty and it doesn’t feel old or cranky whatsoever.

I’m impressed.  Great job, Suzanne!

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November 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm

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Happy Birthday, Cornelia Guest

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Cornelia Guest

Happy birthday, Cornelia Guest.  You were the Paris Hilton of your generation, in an era when people couldn’t care less about girls like Paris Hilton.

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November 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Posted in Fashionably Old