How “InStyle” Editor Ariel Foxman Made It In Fashion

Ariel Foxman. Photo courtesy of InStyle.
Ariel Foxman. Photo courtesy of InStyle.
Ariel Foxman. Photo courtesy of InStyle.

“When I moved into my college years I was very sure that I wanted to be in magazines. But I was conflicted though by this pressure I felt — “is the magazine industry going to feel legitimate enough for my parents?” In general, I would say I questioned whether magazines, which [at the time] were disposable and somewhat frivolous, were a serious enough business for somebody who was going to receive a college education at Harvard. [There] I studied English and American literature and I just remembered thinking, “how am I going to reconcile this with wanting to move to New York and work at a glossy magazine?”

One summer [during college] I interned at SPIN magazine — this was during the ’90s, the height of grunge. SPIN was a very exciting place to work, and it’s where I got hooked on the idea of magazines as both a reflection and arbiter its audience’s fashion and style. It’s telling the readers, “this is what you should be thinking next” but it’s also learning from the audience — what they think is relevant and what they’re excited about. I found that sort of ‘crossroad threshold’ so fascinating.”

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I personally can relate to him in the sense that my parents are worried about the career path that I have chosen to pursue fashion. To them, the title, Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, isn’t immediately recognisable as say, Google or Microsoft. To them, fashion or any art form, like drawing or writing, is considered very frivolous and has a sell-by date. They think It is a hobby, not something you could latch on to for years to come.

I do understand their point of view in thinking because these kinds of industry like fashion or art, although it is not new, is something that they only hear in a distant or something they would watch from TV.  During their time, Fashion is not a behemoth industry like it is today and the influence in Asia is largely very minimal. 

But if you do want it so badly, then do it. One thing for sure that regardless of any industry that you end up choosing, there will always be an arduous road ahead to succeed. Oh, and networking is very important. Turn on your charm.