Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Excerpt: "Amy Astley, Editor in Chief, Teen VOGUE"

I found an amazing profile of Amy Astley, Editor in Chief of Teen VOGUE on one of my favorite blogs, INTO THE GLOSS. Here's an excerpt:

photo by Emily Weiss

"I always liked the whole picture, and I always liked the business of a magazine too. And when you’re a beauty editor you’re much more involved in business than any of the other editors, other than the Editor in Chief. Because you interface with the advertisers all the time—that’s a big part of being a beauty editor. You sit with people like Leonard Lauder; I can’t tell you how many lunches I had with these incredible people who ran businesses—all kinds of businesses—because it’s a very social industry with lots of lunches and dinners and you’re expected to go. It’s very different from fashion. They want to talk about business—their business, your business—oh, I learned a lot. A lot. And a lot of people would hate that. I mean, I think a lot of people in fashion would say, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ But I was always really fascinated. And it’s helped me tremendously because my job now is not just a creative job, or a visual job, it’s a business job. Managing budgets, and looking for new opportunities. Internet, iPad…TV shows obviously, and we did a NY Times best selling book about careers in fashion."

And my ultimate AHA moment was reading this:
"VOGUE was like journalism university to me. I definitely did not need a Masters from Columbia or NYU; still to this day young people say, ‘Should I get my masters?’ And I say, ‘Eh…if you want to.’ But get in there and work and learn from people who know what they’re doing."

Read the entire article for yourself on INTO THE GLOSS.

Check out these videos featuring Amy Astley discuss her career in fashion magazines.

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