IS FASHION JOURNALISM ACTUALLY A CAREER?
Since I was in fifth grade, I always thought I knew what I wanted to be when I "grew up". My career choices varied from a Doggy Daycare owner, to an addictions counselor, to a preschool teacher, and finally to becoming a fashion journalist. I decided at the end of my sophomore year that I was going to be in the 3 billion dollar fashion industry no matter how long or how hard it was to get there.
When many think about the fashion industry, they assume a practical career would be to work in retail, as a buyer, or as a stylist. Though I love styling people, none of those three options were what I wanted to do. I wanted to write about fashion-- hence, where the finalized career choice of fashion journalism came from. Contrary to popular belief, I did not want to work for a newspaper, "then why is it called fashion JOURNALISM?" you may be wondering. Well, my dream was to work for a fashion magazine: Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, or even Allure.
I decided that becoming a fashion journalist was what I wanted to do with my life after college for two reasons.
1) I loved to write; for as long as I can remember, I always had a diary, or I was writing novels in my laptop. I started writing novels about teenage puppy-love which took place on the ocean when I was in Junior High. My love for writing skyrocketed past tween novels as I move on to High School.
2) I had a passion for fashion. I had never been fashionable in my earlier childhood, but as soon as I started high school, I realized how much of a necessity dressing fashionable was for me; it made me feel confident. PLUS, I loved to shop.
The main question that I get asked whenever I tell others that I want to become a fashion journalist is "where on earth do you go to college for that?!" That question is 100% understandable since I was wondering the same thing right after I had officially decided that that was what I wanted to do with my life. After discussing it with my mom, I decided that I would have to double major in both Fashion Merchandising/ Business as well as Journalism with a focus in Magazines. My top three choices (and the only schools that I will be applying to) are:
1) Iowa State University (ranked #4 overall in Fashion Merchandising, and their journalism program is renowned.)
2) Fashion Institute of Technology (ranked #1 overall in Fashion Merchandising... but I would be majoring in advertising and marketing communications, because that really focuses on fashion writing.)
3) Columbia College Chicago (ranked #18 overall in Fashion Business with a good Journalism Mass Communications program with a focus in Magazine.)
So, as you can tell, fashion journalism most definitely IS a "thing". Without fashion journalists, you would not be able to read the fashion magazines that you do today.
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