I get about a couple of emails a day from people looking to break into the beauty journalism sector. It’s hard AF, but not impossible. So, this is for you guys – a guide from me and a few wicked beauty editor pals – about getting into the industry.

Much of the advice below is stuff I messed up, and I really don’t want you to do that, so learn from my mistakes!

 

HOW TO GET A BEAUTY INTERNSHIP OR BEAUTY WORK EXPERIENCE

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At Download festival last year I decided it would be mega lols to take two Cadbury Fingers – and stick them under my top lip. Hil-arious, I thought – I look like a walrus!Everyone guffawed so evidently my buffoonery must have paid off. The less funny part was being tagged on Instagram in a photo capturing that moment. Firstly, because it was shot from below, so I had about 56 double chins (that’s 112 actual chins) and secondly, because I literally saw the real me captured in one single moment. Basically, a massive goon. See…..

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In the December 2015 issue of Marie Claire UK,  I shot model Tess Holliday in a bad ass location in East London – God’s Own Junkyard – a neon haven of joy. I was just sorting through my old copies of the magazine and came across it and my behind the scenes pics!

I’d wanted to shoot Tess for ages. She’s inspiring people to embrace their natural beauty and love themselves (she’s by no means the only person doing this – we’re all trying to change things here) but she’s done it very well with her voice and #effyourbeautystandards campaign!

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