Landing the Internship: Darling Magazine
A few years ago when I was still working lonely nights in a Nordstrom pop-up shop, I was introduced to Darling Magazine. It was the first time I was able to experience a publication that I could relate to on every level, and one that felt like home to me. For some time I had known that I wanted to go into the world of fashion magazines, but the lingering doubt hung over my head. Would I be able to handle working in an environment in which the foundation alone was built on destroying women’s self confidence? It worried me to no end.
Then there was Darling. I poured over every article with a new devotion that I had never felt before.
Darling isn’t just a fashion magazine, it’s a revolution. Their mission statement is the art of being a women, and it is that and more to me. It’s a community that practices inclusion, true kindness and empowerment.
I knew I had to be involved with this community anyway I could. When I found their intern program application, I couldn’t fill it out fast enough. A couple of weeks went by, and I had decided to put hearing back from them at the back of my mind. It wasn’t until I was at an afternoon Mariners game with my family and Katelyn that I got the email. The Fashion Editor wanted to schedule an interview. I have no idea who won the game that night, all that I could focus on was landing this internship.
A few months later, it was my first day being an actual Darling Magazine stylist intern. I knew that the Fashion Editor I would be assisting was as sweet as they come, but I was still nervous. Would I make a fool of myself? I had never actually worked in the fashion industry like this before. The only experience I’d had was dealing with uptight women at Nordstrom, or walking in runway shows (which didn’t even really feel like a job). I spent a couple of hours agonizing over what outfit to wear, and finally ended on my new navy colored Topshop sweater, Katelyn’s overalls, and my new balance sneakers. The day involved running around Hollywood making returns, lugging heavy garment bags. It was an eye-opening experience and an amazing one. After each showroom, I began to feel more and more at ease.
The fears I had in the back of my mind had subsided. I knew that this wouldn’t be a Devil Wears Prada type of internship. I knew that I would be allowed to grow and learn and unapologetically ask questions.
The Darling team is a unique group of women who genuinely want to support one another and create something beautiful, and I’m so thankful to have been welcomed with open arms.