17 November 2010

My Fashion Life: Jade McSorley, Model

Introducing a brand new feature; My Fashion Life. Every week, I'll be posing the same questions to a different fashion industry insider, grilling them on their career, style and asking for advice on how they got to their position. First off, we've got super-lovely and down-to-earth Britain's Next Top Model finalist Jade. Enjoy!

Name: Jade
Age: 22
Occupation: Model

What first made you want to work in the fashion industry? I’ve always wanted to be involved in fashion ever since I got my hands on my Mam’s Jackie magazines. In school I kind of used how I dressed to separate myself from ‘that geek’ who always had her head in a book or magazine.

How did you end up in your current position? My Nan put me forward for Britain’s Next Top Model. Models 1 took me on after the show and the rest is history really…

Describe what a typical work day is like for you: Hectic and unpredictable. I could be running around London one day trying to fit all my castings in and drinking copious amounts of coffee, or pulling shapes for an editorial shoot in east London.

What are the best parts of your job? The people you meet along the way. You meet so many new people and some have become my best friends. You never know when that person may come into your life as well, which just adds to the whole unpredictability of the job. Oh, and the clothes obviously!

Tell us about your first fashion memory: My Mam sitting me down on my Nan’s 90’s style breakfast bar when I was about 4. I just remember looking at her and she was wearing a white blazer, HUGE earrings and had a really tight perm. She looked fantastic!

Describe your style in 5 words or less: Vintage mixed with effortless apparel
Who’s your style icon? Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy (mainly fashion icons from the 60s)

What’s been the highlight of your fashion career so far? Meeting Christopher Bailey whilst working for Burberry and getting a sneak peak at their Autumn/Winter collection for 2011.

Do you have any advice for our readers who might want to work in the same field? Things happen when you least expect them so don’t force it. In a way, I think fashion finds you. Whether it is your look, your writing or your sense of style, fashion seems to pick you out from the crowd as something which works at the time. Just keep doing what you are doing and stay interested.

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