What I Know Now: Kelsey Stiegman
career: fashion editor
hometown: Thawville, IL
career: I’m the Senior Style Editor for Seventeen.com. I’m in charge of the fashion and beauty verticals on the website, as well as fashion and beauty content on social media. On a regular day, I might do anything from writing up celeb fashion news stories and creating e-commerce shopping guides to calling in clothing samples or styling a video shoot. My ultimate goal is to be
growing up: I don’t remember what I wanted to be as a child, but I’ve always loved fashion, so no one was surprised when I announced I was going to be an apparel merchandising major. In college, they always make you tell the class what your career goals are on the first day. I remember standing up and telling everyone that my dream was to move to New York and work for Seventeen. Four years later, that’s exactly what I did.
education: I attended Illinois State University as an apparel merchandising major and journalism minor. I first came to school as an English major— I didn’t even know you could major in fashion. On orientation day, I heard other girls say they were majoring in apparel merchandising and I immediately switched. I spent most of college trying to beef up my resume so I could one day get my foot in the door. I was Vice President of the school fashion club, Marketing Director of the annual student-run fashion show, and Features Editor of the school newspaper. I interned at a vintage clothing collection on campus, at a boutique in my college town, and then eventually at Seventeen.com and Cosmopolitan.com.
advice for teens: Don’t worry about “making money.” If you have a passion for that field, you will find a job that works for you –probably one you’ve never even heard of.
fun fact: I’ve read the Harry Potter series probably 30 times, and I have four Harry Potter tattoos.
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