Are Fashion People Just Really Insecure Deep Down?

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Editor-in-chief of Yahoo Style Joe Zee, recently sat down with Fashionista for their monthly meet up series, to give some candid advice on breaking into the fashion industry as well as getting the most out of each job throughout one’s career. Zee is not new to the industry and has worked with a multitude of brands namely Allure, W, ELLE, the Sundance Channel and Old Navy, among others and a variety of mediums (print, television, digital).

Joe Zee. Image courtesy of NY
Yahoo Style Editor-in-chief Joe Zee. Image courtesy of NY

Discussing everything from his best career advice – “Say yes to everything!”- to the future of print in the ever evolving digital world, Mr Zee gave some pretty good fashion-world insight. The best part, in our opinion, was when the he reflected on the types of people who get into the industry in the first place: onetime-outsiders just looking to fit in. Here’s what he said:

“The fashion industry is the island of misfit toys. It’s like the eccentric kids from every high school got assembled in one industry and are now applauded and celebrated for their eccentricity. So the kooky person in school that might have been ostracized? It’s now like, ‘Oh, she’s so cool, she’s so different, she’s so interesting.’ But at the end of the day, there’s still that insecure kid inside that eccentric person being applauded, so those feelings haven’t gone away. And that’s what makes it so hard; we’re all just insecure and we all just want to belong and it takes a lot to get to a place where you don’t care. If you don’t invite me, it’s fine, and if you invite me, great. I try to shed that light on a lot of people, but you’ll grow into it. It’s not something anybody could have told me in my 20s that I would have believed, but that was something I had to find out for myself. It doesn’t really matter, it’s just about the work that you do.” Joe Zee – Editor-in-chief of Yahoo Style

Head on to Fashionista for other insightful career tips shared by Mr Zee.