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Today, we get an impassioned interview with Chioma Nnadi, who is a fashion writer for American Vogue.

What I love about Chioma is her fresh and authentic take on fashion and her insatiable curiosity. On top of having one of the most interesting journeys I’ve heard, she’s one of the nicest girls I’ve ever met.

Okay, I’ll let Chioma take over here and I want to thank her a million times over for confiding in us as it’s never easy to switch over to the other side of the interview.

And a big thank you to Vogue for opening its doors to us…

What is your title at Vogue?

Fashion Writer.

What did you study and where?

I studied English and French Literature at Manchester University in the north of England.

So, how did you become a writer? What were you doing before Vogue?

When I was in college, I was very much into style magazines. This was before there were blogs, so there was no other way to get news other than reading magazines. There was one called Trace and they did an issue on Brazil and I was really obsessed with Brazil at the time. I was so taken by it, I ended up writing them a letter. I decorated it and I painted it; I put a lot of work into that letter. I was super young, like 18 or 19. So I sent it off, forgot about it, and then I opened the magazine 6 months later, and there was my letter photographed in the magazine.

When I left college, I was lucky enough to get a position with Polly Vernon on this newspaper called The Evening Standard. It was great, I worked there on the features desk of their magazine and I would write all kinds of things—anything you could imagine.

Then I went to New York on vacation and I stopped by the office of Trace after I sent them the letter. The editor-in-chief said it really touched him, and he offered me a job. I was just there on vacation, but I thought, “Okay, yeah, why not, let’s do it!” So I moved the following year to work for Trace. I worked there for 2 and a half years and I wrote about everything from art to music to fashion, but I always gravitated towards the fashion. Initially I had thought about being a stylist. As much as I like dressing myself, conceiving a fashion story is so much more than you’d imagine, it takes vision and I knew I couldn’t do it. A friend said I should write, and I thought, all right, I’ll give it a go.

At the time, I started to read American Vogue. All of my favorite fashion writers were in the pages, like Sally Singer, Mark Holgate, Sarah Mower, Lynn Yaeger—everybody that I admired was writing for Vogue. You can read a lot of fashion magazines and get the information, but with Vogue you get the what and the why—the bigger picture–and that resonated with me. It was quite different from the world I was in because I had started working at a music magazine call The Fader after Trace. I really admired the way Fader did things, it’s very documentary style, it’s very undone and very much about discovery. I was the style editor there for 5 years.

How did Vogue come into the picture?

A friend of mine told me there was a position at Vogue and suggested I apply, although to be honest I didn’t think I had a chance! I remember going to interview thinking, “I’m just going to pretend that this is a meeting.”

Until I got to the last interview, I didn’t think that it was really happening. But when it actually happens it was like, oh they’re really interested in hiring me, why would they want to hire me? I think I brought quite a different perspective.

So, how do you improve your writing?

Reading. It seems like such a basic rule, but reading always helps with your writing.

Also just having an opinion. When you write something you have to have an argument. And that’s the leap I had to make at Vogue, figuring out what makes something important now.

And also coming up with ideas. You want to be able to convey the big fashion messages of the season in a way people can relate to. You want to give them some point of entry into what’s going on. There is a lot of information out there but narrowing it down, that comes in the editing process.

Another big part of a job as a writer is coming up with ideas and pitching them to the team. What is that process like for you?

I think you can’t always predict where a story will come from; a lot of the process is about bouncing around ideas. Sometimes you’ll have a kernel of an idea and then after a discussion you’ll be able to flesh it out into a bigger story. I think it’s very much a collaborative process; we meet quite often to talk about what we’ve been seeing out in the world in terms of fashion and style.

But for me the pitching process is quite scary, because you don’t want people to think your ideas are terrible. And often you’ll have 10 ideas and maybe there’s one that makes sense. It also comes with time.

Are there any techniques that you’ve found have helped you?

It starts a lot with the interviewing process– you don’t want to get the standard quotes, getting a good quote is really important.

I need to have the outline of the story in my head. There’s nothing more intimidating than staring at a blank page. Sometimes just putting words on a page gets it done faster.

What about your writing environment?

I don’t think there is an ideal writing environment. The ideal writing environment needs to be in here [points to head] and you need to feel good about your story.

When you’ve slept a lot, that’s great. When you’re not hungry or thirsty. Rested and well fed, that’s the best.

So we have to ask, what was it like the first time you met Anna?

The good thing was I wasn’t nervous because I had no time to prepare. They called me and said can you come in this afternoon and it was a Friday and I was wearing jeans. And I said, “Well I’m wearing jeans…” and they asked that I came in anyway. So I ran and bought shoes because I was wearing really ratty shoes. They were cheap shoes but at least they were new looking. And the whole time I was just thinking, “I wonder what she thinks of me, coming in and wearing jeans.”

I thought it would just be a cool story to tell my grandkids, that I met Anna Wintour.

What do you think the benefits are of being at Vogue?

You get the access. And being around people that are really exceptional at what they do is really inspiring. You learn so much.

Do you feel pressure being at Vogue?

At the end of the day, you can only do your best; you’re hired because of what you bring. And I’m very fortunate that I get to do something I love.

What’s your role during fashion week?

During fashion week my colleague and me, Esther Adams, support the Fashion News Director Mark Holgate, Contributing Fashion Editor Sarah Mower and Fashion News Editor Emily Holt with daily coverage of the shows. The first time I had to review a show was a little scary –weighing in on fashion in that way is quite daunting, but it also comes from discussion since it’s the Vogue view. Also the time constraints take some discipline. It’s been really been good training for me as a writer.

Are there any writers that inspire you? Do you have a mentor?

I’m lucky enough to work with Mark Holgate. The fashion news team is a pretty tight knit crew. We work hard but we also like to have fun. He always encourages us tow rite about the new things in fashion that we’re excited about.

What’s the best piece of advice he’s given you?

He’s always saying, “Don’t over-think it!”

What’s an average day like at the office?

I don’t really think there is an average day, it really depends. During fashion week nothing is average. It could be working on a magazine story in the morning and filing something for web in the evening, or maybe doing an interview in the afternoon. When, say, Resort is showing, we’re out of the office quite a bit on appointments. Maybe there’ll be a new designer who will come in and show their work, or we’ll have some meetings.

What’s the most difficult part of your job?

There’s always a desire to make something perfect, and at the end of the day we’re working on a monthly schedule or a daily schedule so there are some restrictions to that.

And what do you enjoy the most?

For me the most exciting part about the job is in discovery. I like featuring an under-the-radar designer hat you might not expect to find in Vogue. It was one of the reasons I started reading Vogue in the first place.

Also, I’m a real nerd about fashion, and for me just being in an environment where I can totally indulge and say things like, “what do you think about this pink? Or these shoes?” Being around people who are just as nerdy about fashion as me is really exciting. At the end of the day I’m not saving lives. We’re not writing about world politics. We’re writing about shoes, bags, dresses, hats.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

People who want to get started in fashion writing always ask how do I start, I ask them well what magazines do you read? That’s why I was attracted to Vogue, because I enjoyed reading it.

It’s important to think about what appeals to you, what you enjoy and love and then how can you get into the industry. It’s so important to feel that this is a place you’d want to work. Make a list of the places that you want to work, so you start in your own world.

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Career Girl: Caroline Issa, Publisher & Fashion Director, Tank
Career Girl: Erin McKenna, Owner, BabyCakes Bakery
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  • Serdane May, 31 2012, 9:03 / Reply

    Bel interview ! J’aime sa façon de voir les choses et sa ce qu’elle fait aussi !

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  • Pose Mag May, 31 2012, 9:05 / Reply

    C’est toujours un plaisir de découvrir grâce à toi des interviews de profils variés et très intéressants.
    Merci Garance !
    http://www.pose-mag.fr/2012/04/n11-en-ligne/

  • Mioara Roncea May, 31 2012, 9:08 / Reply

    This has to be one of the most interesting interviews I had the pleasure to read here.
    Thank you.

  • elsa May, 31 2012, 9:10 / Reply

    Le job de rêve!! J’aime la facilité avec laquelle elle a obtenu le job, c’est rageant!!!
    elsa
    http://www.elsamuse.com

  • Garance May, 31 2012, 9:13 / Reply

    Elsa : Je ne sais pas si on peut parler de facilité, si tu lis bien son interview, elle s’est plusieurs fois jetée à l’eau – elle a su cultiver sa différence en travaillant dans des magazines indépendants… Et elle a beaucoup de talent !

  • Aurélie & Angelo May, 31 2012, 9:13 / Reply

    What a great insightful interview!

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

  • Lindsay Sue May, 31 2012, 9:14 / Reply

    Love this interview! Always enjoyable reading about people you admire and look up to.

  • Elisa Eymery May, 31 2012, 9:16 / Reply

    “When you’ve slept a lot, that’s great. When you’re not hungry or thirsty. Rested and well fed, that’s the best.”

    I could not agree more..
    Elisa
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  • L'heure d'été May, 31 2012, 9:16 / Reply

    Une interview très étoffée, très pertinente.
    J’aime beaucoup les propos de Chioma, quand elle explique que pour pouvoir tenter de bien écrire, il faut d’abord avoir quelque chose à dire et ensuite déterminer le point de vue que l’on va prendre. C’est parfois bien oublié !

    Merci pour ce moment de lecture-plaisir,
    J’aime beaucoup tes interviews,

    Nathalie

    (PS. Le RV surprise avec “Anna” était assez drôle !)

  • hillary May, 31 2012, 9:17 / Reply

    I’ve long admired her — fantastic style and of course great writing. Thanks for the inspiring post.

  • LatteLisa May, 31 2012, 9:18 / Reply

    Thank you Garance for this inspiring interview. I just wanted to keep on reading!

  • Madame M May, 31 2012, 9:20 / Reply

    C’est fou de s’apercevoir que oui, il y a des gens qui vivent de et leur passion. Souvent, on voit son travail de façon alimentaire et assez rationnel mais quel bonheur de se lever le matin sans avoir à se demander si “ça le fait ou pas”, juste se lever et avoir envie! Pfff ces femmes que tu nous présente sont de vrais exemple de réussite personnelle.

  • Clemence May, 31 2012, 9:21 / Reply

    C’est impressionant les parcours comme le sien…

    Du talent, de la curiosité, la petite étincelle… Et c’est parti !

    Chapeau Madame ! Millions of thank you for sharing it and bringing some hope here !

    Xx

    http://murmureparis.wordpress.com/

  • Beny Ricardo Sadewo May, 31 2012, 9:23 / Reply

    such A lovely interview Garance,.. what an amazing opportunities to meet her,..

    love from http://benyricardo.com/itsme!/

  • Ylenia May, 31 2012, 9:23 / Reply

    I really admire women that are abole to mix up patterns and colour like her. And not looking hideous! I am not able to. I am all about bold colours. little patterns if I have too. not more.
    and so, she is so inspiring :-)

    Love, Ylenia from Longuette

  • Emma May, 31 2012, 9:29 / Reply

    Thank you for bringing us this interview!!!

  • elsa May, 31 2012, 9:30 / Reply

    Je n’en doute pas Garance ! D’ailleurs c’est parce qu’elle est talentueuse et audacieuse que cela semble si “facile”. Je suis très admirative.
    Et sinon, tu penses qu’à force de te lire depuis des années j’aurai un jour la chance de travailler avec toi? ;)

  • Vanessa Blog Tendance May, 31 2012, 9:30 / Reply

    Merci pour cette interview… Intéressant !!!

  • Tania May, 31 2012, 9:31 / Reply

    “On ne sauve pas des vies, on ne parle pas de politique.”
    Je vais entrer en 6ème année de médecine et je ne veux pas faire ça. Je ne veux pas sauver des vies ou en ôter. Je veux bosser dans la mode.
    Je fais quoi moi? é_è

  • Pauline May, 31 2012, 9:34 / Reply

    Super interview! Elle est géniale!

  • Manal May, 31 2012, 9:34 / Reply

    J’adore le naturel et la fraîcheur qui se dégagent des propos de Chioma, sa vision des choses et vraiment inspirante pour celles et ceux qui rêvent de suivre cette voie. Merci encore à toi Garance pour cette interview pertinente !
    xoxo

    http://www.apieceofglam.com

  • En mode Parisienne May, 31 2012, 9:43 / Reply

    Elle a l’air vraiment passionnée par son métier c’est extrêmement rafraîchissant ! J’ai bien aimé le passage où elle rencontre Ana Wintour ! J’aurais perdu mon sang froid, et elle a quand même eu la présence d’esprit de changer de chaussures !
    Super Interview !

    xxx
    http://en-mode-parisienne.com

  • The slow pace May, 31 2012, 9:51 / Reply

    What I love about these posts is that this professionals are less scary after you finish reading them!

  • Diana M. May, 31 2012, 9:52 / Reply

    Loved it! Thank you.

  • Brigadeiro May, 31 2012, 9:58 / Reply

    Oh my! Thanks for sharing this with us, Garance and Chioma! As a fashion writer for a new magazine this was absolutely inspiring!

    xx

    http://www.brigadeirochoc.blogspot.com

    http://www.

  • Thy Nefelibata May, 31 2012, 10:00 / Reply

    Very inspiring!
    Thanks Garance!

  • Duchess Isabella May, 31 2012, 10:02 / Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring person! The same as our guest for this week! Find out more here: http://fashiontreck.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/amazing-guest/

  • Lo May, 31 2012, 10:02 / Reply

    I love your career interviews, Garance! Thanks for posting them. What about a fashion photographer soon, hm?

    ps: you owe us a photo of you at the Met!

  • Luce May, 31 2012, 10:11 / Reply

    Thank you, thank you , thank you.

    It is always fascinating to take a look into other peoples’ careers. It is even more fascinating when their careers are parallel to yours. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful interview.

    One of my favorite lines was:
    “Reading. It seems like such a basic rule, but reading always helps with your writing.”

    Now that I’m writing a blog, it seems that reading is key when it comes to writing and was glad to read that she shares my same sentiment.

    Thank you!

    http://www.houseofhemingway.com

  • Galina AP May, 31 2012, 10:14 / Reply

    What a wonderful, easily flowing interview !

  • janine May, 31 2012, 10:16 / Reply

    Focus, hard work, talent and luck gets you where you want to be. Garance you have good interviewing skills. Looking forward to more posts like this. Thank you.

  • Silvia May, 31 2012, 10:18 / Reply

    Great story, great job, great girl :-)

    Kisses

    Silvia
    http://bornineightytwo.com

  • Renée May, 31 2012, 10:18 / Reply

    What a great interview! It honestly inspired me to pursue in doing what you love as a career!
    Thanks. xxx

    http://tseparfait.com

  • Piang May, 31 2012, 10:21 / Reply

    Joli parcours, carrière enviable, c’est vraiment bien qu’elle rappelle ses débuts chez Trace et l’accueil du rédac-chef qui a aidé pas mal de monde à ce que je lis.

  • Gigi May, 31 2012, 10:23 / Reply

    Sans l’ombre d’un doute l’interview/ career qui me parle le plus, même si celles de Wes et Erin m’avait fait le méme effet. Le genre d’interview qui inspire, donne á réfléchir sur qui nous sommes aujourd’hui et qui nous voulons être, sans essayer de copier un tel ou une telle.
    Ce qui me marque, c’est qu’elle a fait son “petit” bout de chemin avec audace et en restant elle-même, au risque de se prendre quelques vestes.

    En fait, Il n’y a pas de secret: travailler, rester soi-même et depasser ses peurs. Elle ne sauve peut-être pas de vie comme mes collégues médecins et infirmières (quoique, qui sait …) mais sa mentalité me plait définitivement :)

    Merci pour l’interview Garance!
    xxx

  • ju SILVA May, 31 2012, 10:31 / Reply

    J ai beaucoup aimé … Comme moi, tous ceux qui ont etudiés litteartures (Française, Anglaise ou Portugaise::: ) d avoir lu des tas de si belles choses!!! d avoir reçu des tas de sentiments d auteurs on est tres vite ouvert a d autres monde !!! La mode par example …. La lecture …. Le parcours de cette jeune fille est vraiment sensas!!! Merci Garance encore une fois de nous faire decouvrir des gens aussi “charmant” non seulement dans leus atitudes , comme dans leus savoir vivre !!

  • Michael C. Smith May, 31 2012, 10:34 / Reply

    What a wonderful interview. Great questions that lead to an insightful interesting read. I really enjoyed it.

  • Ambyr May, 31 2012, 10:43 / Reply

    Amazing interview. Super inspiring and makes me want to start writing down my list of places to work. I have all these ideas and dreams in my head, but writing them down makes them more serious and obtainable. Thanks for sharing and interviewing her. And by the way, she’s gorgeous. I love her mix-matched style.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

  • ainhoa May, 31 2012, 11:14 / Reply

    thanks Garance :)

  • Loulune May, 31 2012, 11:27 / Reply

    I am going to lengthen the list of those who liked of course! Especially the final advice: look at what you love to do and then try to convert it into your profession.

    And the harmony of colours in your picture is “sublime” :)

    http://www.loulune.wordpress.com

  • anne May, 31 2012, 11:31 / Reply

    merci garance pour cette interview étoffée ;on voit bien le parcours riche de chioma à force de travail ,de souci de perfection et d’acharnement .quelle bosseuse ! une femme intelligente pleine de talents très inspirante et qui ne parait pas du tout snob . elle a tout bon .de plus , elle est belle comme un coeur . il dégage de cette femme cultivée beaucoup d’élégance , de classe et aussi de simplicité (qui masque beaucoup de travail ).très belle interview . beau parcours . belle carrière . encore merci à chioma de nous avoir livrer son trajet professionnel .

  • Professoressa May, 31 2012, 11:46 / Reply

    As a writer in the midst of getting a work of fiction published, I am always grateful when other writers are interviewed to share their stories.

    http://swistography.com/journal/

    Every time I hear of a woman taking a leap of faith that worked, I am so inspired to plug away. I am planning a party next week to celebrate the query launch process and should be starting novel 2 soon. This time, I will post pictures.

  • Sunny Side May, 31 2012, 11:55 / Reply

    Quel parcours … elle offre et apporte tout sa richesse et son originalité ! Tu les “accouches” bien !

  • thefrancofly May, 31 2012, 12:04 / Reply

    Once again Garance, I love series! I haven’t seen anyone else crack into the process of evolving from a creative person to a creative professional.

    Thanks!

    thefrancofly.wordpress.com

  • Agu May, 31 2012, 12:14 / Reply

    Great interview and great answers. She seems like a very down-to-earth lady. Thanks a lot!

  • megan kennedy May, 31 2012, 12:16 / Reply

    I love how she began to follow her heart at such a young age – writing that letter at only 18 years old. Inspiring! Thanks, Garance.

    http://alittleblackdressandbigsunglasses.blogspot.com/

  • Sandra May, 31 2012, 12:37 / Reply

    She is super!! i love this interview very interested!!!

    Don’t forget: you can win AMEN dress http://theglashion.blogspot.it/2012/05/win-amen-with-linde-le-palais.html

  • LCM May, 31 2012, 12:38 / Reply

    How inspiring! She makes it look so easy though ;)

    http://one-daysome-day.blogspot.com

  • ana May, 31 2012, 12:55 / Reply

    passionant !

  • Lauren@Styleseer May, 31 2012, 1:12 / Reply

    She is beautiful and what a great sense of style!

  • petit soleil May, 31 2012, 1:14 / Reply

    quel bel article! chioma a l’air vraiment extra, elle est belle, heureuse et épanouie, ca fait vraiment plaisir a voir et lire!
    j’adore son parcours car elle vit son reve et ca c’est ce qu’il peut arriver de mieux :)
    en plus de ça, elle a l’air d’une grande gentillesse!!
    ce qu’elle raconte est tres stimulant et montre encore une fois qu’il ne faut pas avoir peur d’essayer de realiser ses reves ^^
    je lui souhaite pleins de bonheurs

  • Alda Mori May, 31 2012, 1:50 / Reply

    Hello co-dépressante capillaire,

    Après un long silence, non pas dû à des problématiques de scalp mais à des chamboulements dans la vie (envie de tout plaquer pour faire tout ce que l’on veut faire avant la fin du voyage), ce post arrive à point nommé.

    Outre que je note une nouvelle fois que Chioma “Masterize” le mélange des imprimés, elle est aussi la preuve qu’avec un peu de spontanéité (fallait oser le collage), du travail et une bonne étoile (Machiavel disait qu’il faut la fortune et la vertu) rien n’est impossible.

    Merci pour ce petit panneau de direction à un moment ou mon GPS interne est en panne

    Besitos,

    Alda

  • ziloa May, 31 2012, 1:55 / Reply

    Chouette interview, néanmoins moi Vogue, j’y comprends rien… Je l’ai acheté 2/3 fois mais j’ai trouvé ce magazine tellement vide (je parle de la version française), tellement “pub” (ok, de très belles pubs c’est vrai)… J’ai peut-être loupé quelque chose, je n’en sait rien..

  • Kaira May, 31 2012, 1:55 / Reply

    Wow, that’s really inspiring. Thanks for the feature xxKaira

  • Cathy Vu May, 31 2012, 1:55 / Reply

    Very nice interview! great questions great answers. did you record her as she was answering them or did u give her time to send the answers over later?

  • Lady & Olga May, 31 2012, 2:13 / Reply

    Quel style ! :)

  • Chasing Ruins May, 31 2012, 2:41 / Reply

    Very inspiring! Thanks you Garance for posting the story.
    http://www.chasingruins.com/

  • Brad Phillips May, 31 2012, 2:59 / Reply

    Interesting interview; I didn’t know of Nnadi before this. She seems like a very personable, centered woman. Vogue is fortunate to have her working for them.

  • Coralie de Made In SisterS May, 31 2012, 3:04 / Reply

    Qu’elle est jolie! Cette veste est magnifique!
    Joli portrait, merci Garance!

    http://www.madeinsisters.com/

  • Highsnobette May, 31 2012, 3:09 / Reply

    C’est superbe de ta part d’avoir une interview de Chioma. Elle est super cool, humble et si gentille.Son succes nous inspire a toujours suivre ce qui nous passionne.Merci Garance!

    Bisous,

    Les Snobettes

  • Jenny May, 31 2012, 3:22 / Reply

    So interesting Garance! Please do more of this- maybe something on marketing, buying, events?

    x Jenny

  • Julia May, 31 2012, 3:29 / Reply

    je me répète mais je suis tellement fan de cette rubrique ! c’est toujours très passionnant de te lire ! Super job en plus !
    Xox

  • Sevan May, 31 2012, 3:47 / Reply

    Une interview avec Mme Wintour ? Gasp !
    Beaucoup d’admiration pour cette jeune femme et tous ceux et celles qui accomplissent leurs reves.
    Chere Garance, interessante interview comme d’habitude. C’est sympa de se glisser “behind the scenes.”
    A quand le prochain Pardon my French ? J’adore……

  • Yeba May, 31 2012, 4:15 / Reply

    Bonjour Garance,

    Tu ne peux pas savoir comme ton post Il tombe à pic. J’étais au téléphone longuement cet après-midi avec une amie bloggeuse pour trouver du réconfort auprès d’elle. Oui, je suis en phase psycho crash. Addiction au blog mais besoin de souffler… Nous sommes lancées dans le fashion bloggin’ l’une et l’autre en ignorant l’investissement que cela pouvait représenter. Perfectionniste l’une & l’autre, nous mettons tout notre coeur à l’ouvrage le soir lorsque les enfants dorment et que le mari est occupé. Nous essayons de maintenir une belle cadence, 3 posts par semaine…et des posts presqu’à la hauteur de ce qu’on peut trouver dans nos magazines préférés (Vogue US en fait partie, bien évidemment!).
    Mais l’envie de faire mieux à chaque fois pour ne pas souffrir du désintérêt des nombreux lecteurs qui enfin nous suivent, nous oblige à placer la barre de plus en plus haut…

    Comme je le répète à mon mari qui me harcèle à chaque fois que je suis sur mon iPhone en me posant la question Tu blogues? (qu’est-ce qu’il m’énerve alors!!), j’aime écrire, j’aime ça terriblement. J’aime la mode aussi. Mais il faut être bloggeuse pour comprendre qu’il s’agit d’une activité qui demande beaucoup de discipline, d’investissement, de créativité & de passion. Parfois, c’est juste ‘difficile’ car on est pas en équipe…

    Les conseils qu’elle a reçus et qu’elle partage avec nous sont tellement pertinents. Vouloir s’investir sur son blog, créer un univers sans cesse renouvelé ne devrait pas nous laisser perdre de vue cette notion de plaisir! Car je pense que c’est cette passion & ce plaisir qui les personnes qui ont envie de nous lire.

    Superbe superbe interview. Qu’est-ce que tu en as de la chance. Tu es mon modèle! Comme ça c’est re-dit!…

    Merci Garance de nous offrir tous ces beaux cadeaux.
    Yeba

  • Oriane May, 31 2012, 4:17 / Reply

    Merci beaucoup pour ce post qui m’inspire énormément. C’est important de voir que ses rêves peuvent se réaliser et que les portes d’un si grand magazine ne sont pas forcément fermées. Je suis justement à la recherche d’un stage à l’étranger (mon rêve étant bien-sûr les Etats-Unis et en particulier NYC) et lire cette interview m’a redonné confiance et va certainement me pousser à ne pas hésiter lorsqu’il s’agit de postuler. J’espère aussi avoir un jour un parcours atypique comme celui de Chioma, sans que tout soit tracé à l’avance, une voie unique faite d’opportunités et de rencontres imprévues.

    Merci encore pour l’inspiration que délivre ton blog.

    Oriane

  • Monsieur Marcel May, 31 2012, 4:24 / Reply

    Very nice,
    like reading a Paris Review
    interview.

  • Aurélie May, 31 2012, 4:26 / Reply

    Waw! Je suis décidément fan de tes articles, tous les sujets sont variés, et cette sélection carrière est tellement inspirante! C’est vraiment une bonne idée de présenter des personnes qui viennent d’horizons différents, merci mille fois de partager, voir que les carrières les plus intéressantes ne sont pas celles toutes tracées ça fait un bien fou, ça fait rêver

  • L'Oliphant May, 31 2012, 5:24 / Reply

    Très joli style ce mélange d’imprimés, j’adore!!! ça m’inspire!

  • Ale Semenov May, 31 2012, 6:43 / Reply

    I love the interview. She is very stylish! Jolie!

    http://www.deliciasedelicinhas.blogspot.com.br

  • Sarah May, 31 2012, 7:04 / Reply

    Garance! Best. Post. Ever. This is why I eat my breakfast with your website every morning. Forget the morning paper, or news on television. This is what I want to read. It’s my kind of world where cool, impeccably dressed, smart ladies tell their story and I get to read them, from Sydney, in my not so cool PJs, drinking tea, and eating toast. x

  • Cohiba May, 31 2012, 7:54 / Reply

    J’aime beaucoup la rubrique “Careers” et cette interview est l’une des plus intéressantes que j’aie lues (avec celle de la fondatrice de Baby Cakes).
    J’apprécie vraiment la sincérité de Chioma Nnadi. Tu la dis chaleureuse. Cela se perçoit dans ses réponses.

    Un vrai moment de plaisir, la lecture de cette interview.

    Chioma a , en plus, un vrai sens du style – et un magnifique sourire.

    Je la remercie, moi aussi.

  • Sabina May, 31 2012, 8:28 / Reply

    excellent, thank you Garance!

  • Jessie May, 31 2012, 9:03 / Reply

    i hope to be this successful in the fashion industry some day. she is truly an icon. i admire her and her work greatly!
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • S May, 31 2012, 10:08 / Reply

    Coucou Garance, j’aime bien ton site et je t’avoue qu’ a chaque fois que je vois un entretien ou des photos de femmes noires accomplies, éduquées, elegantes et resplendissantes, je me dit : Enfin, on y arrive, grâce aux medias, grâce a garancedore, grace au Sartorialist, etc… on est en train de changer l’image pitoyable de la femme noire dependante, sans education et sans ambitions.
    Je sais que ce n’est pas la mission principale de ton site mais je te dit quand meme: MERCI!

  • Clementine May, 31 2012, 10:10 / Reply

    Very inspiring interview. Dying to know, WHO makes that jacket?!

  • Carol May, 31 2012, 10:52 / Reply

    I loved her jacket!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m posting from Los Angeles, take a look on the windows of Rodeo Drive and our pictures in Palmdale!!

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • Lalaina June, 1 2012, 2:11 / Reply

    After reading your post, I rushed to read Vogue .. You’re great as an interviewer and she really good for her job: Attract people to read Vogue… ;)

  • desert June, 1 2012, 2:57 / Reply

    I enjoyed reading about Chioma’s trajectory. She seems like she keeps a cool head under pressure. Thank you for the post!

    Sadly, I stopped reading Vogue after they ran a spread called “Manifest Destiny”. The pictures were lovely, but the title, intending to be a kitschy play on the model’s name (Arizona Muse), really offended me. I grew up in the Desert Southwest and have seen the consequences of said ideology and don’t find anything lovely or inspiring about the ugly doctrine of manifest destiny. The fashion world is in dire need of more varied perspectives.

  • Irene June, 1 2012, 3:04 / Reply

    Fabulous interview, very inspiring. Love the geometric print on the jacket.

    http://illustratedlines.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Linda June, 1 2012, 3:20 / Reply

    I want to know where the jacket, top and skirt are from? Fantastic pieces together!

  • Frédérique June, 1 2012, 4:15 / Reply

    Très intéressant. C’est quoi ce sublime veston? Trop beau.

  • Alice June, 1 2012, 4:20 / Reply

    That is a beautiful coat!

    Take a look at my fashion illustrations and art:

    http://aliceauxpaysenchantes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Aglaé June, 1 2012, 4:59 / Reply

    Vraiment une super interview! L’une des plus inspirantes. Un parcours qui fait rêver et qui boost pour avancer ;-)
    Merci beaucoup.!!!

  • Bibiche June, 1 2012, 5:36 / Reply

    Comme tout parait limpide ! une interview excellente sur un métier et un personnage qui évolue dans un environnement tellement éloigné du mien ! je suis toujours fascinée Garance par cette ouverture au monde que proposent tes billets (les voyages et cette façon d’approcher les gens qui se livrent avec simplicité) MERCI !

  • Kehinde June, 1 2012, 6:18 / Reply

    Very interesting. Only ever dreamt of being a Fashion Writer.

    xXx

    http://www.BonitaValli.wordpress.com

  • DMM June, 1 2012, 6:24 / Reply

    Thanks, Garance, for writing a great interview with a fashion writer which actually was about WRITING and the writing process (rather than fashion). A very interesting, informative and enjoyable piece.

  • Natasha June, 1 2012, 6:45 / Reply

    Garance your blog is wonderful and i really can’t thank you enough for these career posts- as a 19 year old girl still finding her way through various fashion internships and trying to pin point exactly what i want to do as a career, this interview was seriously inspirational! Keep up your amazing work

  • Grifette June, 1 2012, 6:58 / Reply

    Coucou Garance, je vais bientôt en Corse vers St Florent , que me conseilles tu ?
    Des bisous !

  • carole June, 1 2012, 7:03 / Reply

    I am a fan of your style..the most beautiful blog…

  • c1ara June, 1 2012, 7:18 / Reply

    belle interview ! super inspirante
    et à sa question “quel mag lis-tu?” je répondrai L’Officiel, je ne sais pas pourquoi et je me suis même souvent poser la question de savoir pourquoi c’était ce magazine et pas un autre que j’aimais lire tous les mois…
    du coup à la suite de ton interview, je me demande quelles doivent être les différences “d’environnement” comme elle dit entre une rédac de vogue par exemple et une rédaction de L’Officiel????!!
    quelles sont les différences d’approche?? de façon d’aborder la mode?? leur positionnement face aux lecteurs??
    je me demande où est-ce que je pourrais me renseigner….

  • c1ara June, 1 2012, 7:22 / Reply

    j’aime aussi beaucoup lire le Vogue Italie, super ligne éditoriale!!!

  • Andréa June, 1 2012, 8:16 / Reply

    J’aime sa façon de voir les choses… Elle a un sourire magnifique !
    Merci pour l’interview :)

    http://www.mademoiselle-fashion.com/

  • Angela S. June, 1 2012, 9:44 / Reply

    I love the career interviews one of my favourite parts of your blog, so inspirational.

  • genevieve @ Entre Essentiel et Accessoire June, 1 2012, 11:19 / Reply

    Très bel entretien! Et certainement inspirant pour quiconque – jeune et moins jeune – veut réussir une chose difficile, s’insérer dans un milieu, un métier à conquérir!
    Et je note la façon de toujours “positiver” de Chioma, y compris la pression et les difficultés à dépasser!
    Ce parcours, elle l’a construit. Il n’a certainement pas été “facile”.
    C’est pourquoi on ne peut jalouser son parcours, l’admirer seulement (la jalousie est mauvaise conseillère!)
    Bravo!

  • Amy Rose June, 1 2012, 11:37 / Reply

    For me this post is the best you’ve ever done. Like Chioma I study English and French at university and big BIG dreams of being a fashion writer, so this interview was so so interesting for me.

    Because you’ve allowed her to tell her story in her own words I find Chioma a lot more accessible than some of the big names that I look up to and attempt to emulate. I can’t thank you enough for this Garance!

    Hopefully one day I will have a career as great as Chioma’s.

    Check out my latest articles and posts on my blog:

    http://lanvinmyman.blogspot.co.uk/

    - Amy Rose

  • Annie June, 1 2012, 11:54 / Reply

    Thank you for this interview – very enlightening read.

    http://mintychic.blogspot.com

  • Marie June, 1 2012, 12:38 / Reply

    Très belle interview, il y en a peu, très beau parcours! Son audace à payé!! Cette interview confirme aussi que pour travailler chez les plus grandes publications, il faut avoir des contacts. Je dois donc m’y mettre sérieusement!!!!

    Very nice interview of an insider, there are few!! Her audacity paid!!! This interview confirm also that to work with mainstream magazine, you must have contacts. I have to put myself into it!!!!

    http://ive2tellu.wordpress.com/

  • Colony June, 1 2012, 11:13 / Reply

    Great advice. Really liked this interview.

  • Lily June, 2 2012, 3:56 / Reply

    J’ai adoré cet interview, et tous les autres aussi, d’ailleurs ! Je trouve que c’est une excellente idée de nous faire partager le parcours et la vie de certaines personnes. Moi qui suis au lycée, cela m’apporte beaucoup d’informations sur d’autres métiers et m’aident à trouver ma voix.
    De plus, ils sont agréables à lire, intéressants, et tu poses les bonnes questions !
    Bref, j’adore, j’adhère, continues comme ça !

    Lily.

  • kaloka June, 2 2012, 4:45 / Reply

    Very comprehensive intervew. Newly-grads should read this….

    Cheers!
    http://thekaloka.com

  • B. June, 2 2012, 11:41 / Reply

    I love these interviews ! As a fashion journalist Vogue must be heaven :)

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net

  • Elizaveta June, 2 2012, 11:52 / Reply

    Thanks a lot! Very inspirational!

  • ava June, 2 2012, 3:13 / Reply

    @Desert who commented on June,1st at 02:57

    Your post had am impact on me. What a strong statement! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Danielle Jade Windsor June, 2 2012, 6:55 / Reply

    Another great and insightful interview! Being a fashion designer the first thing I do after Pre and Main collections is wait in anticipation for the reviews, you forget sometimes what tight deadlines everyone is on!

  • K. June, 3 2012, 6:00 / Reply

    Super Interview !
    ça a l’air si facile apres avoir lu ça ….. beaucoup moins dans la realité

  • Coralie R June, 3 2012, 7:32 / Reply

    Wow, c’est génial de voir à quel point elle est restée simple dans sa tête! Ca donne envie de la rencontrer. Merci pour cette interview et bonne journée à toi

  • Sihem June, 3 2012, 12:09 / Reply

    Merci Garance pour ces expériences professionnels que tu nous fais partager :)

  • Théa Unknown June, 4 2012, 8:56 / Reply

    Chioma is a great fashion director!

    xo
    Théa Unknown
    http://theaisunknown.blogspot.com/

  • Hemonet Camille June, 4 2012, 3:16 / Reply

    Je trouve cet article vraiment excellent !
    Il m’inspire beaucoup et ne me donne que plus de courage pour continuer dans ma voie (Rédiger pour un magazine de mode).
    Merci xoxo

  • w. June, 10 2012, 4:57 / Reply

    L’un des interview les plus inspirant que j’ai pu lire ! Je trouve son parcours très inspirant, son état d’esprit très saint, son approche de son travaille très intéressant !
    J’adore !

  • Jocelyn Yates June, 18 2012, 11:57 / Reply

    I am Jocelyn Yates and I am an intern at UvoLuxury. I enjoyed reading this interview. I recently graduated from high school and I am going on to study fashion merchandising this fall. I know what I want my degree in, but I am struggling to decide what to do with it since there are so many options. I liked being able to read about the experiences from people to are already in the business.

  • Maria Mayoralgo July, 11 2012, 4:27 / Reply

    I had the pleasure of working with Chioma when we were both at FADER. She is truly inspiring and blessed me with my first Karen Walker shades. Amazing lady for sure!

  • artsibelle November, 16 2012, 5:29 / Reply

    Does Chioma have Nigerian roots? The name Chioma Nnadi is Nigerian

  • Huda December, 7 2012, 11:20 / Reply

    Lovely interview, I might go back to reading US Vogue after all.

  • Giggles February, 11 2013, 4:02 / Reply

    Thankyou so much for this post.I have been looking for inspirational information like this online for so long and here it is.Thankyou!

  • Anna March, 3 2013, 9:37 / Reply

    Cette rubrique carrière, apporte toujours des infos et de la motivation mais celui-là c’était juste génial. C’est exactement le métier que je souhaite et ça m’a beaucoup éclairé.
    Merci Garance.

  • Lisa August, 9 2013, 11:27 / Reply

    Wow, what an inspiring interview! I just discovered the careers section on your site and I must say it’s such a good read. Thanks for sharing :)

    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

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