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Nonkuthalo Xapile

NONKII always wanted to do something in fashion but I wasn’t sure how to get into it, so after high school I studied Business Science in Finance at UCT. At the end of my second year I realised there were a few ways to get into the fashion industry and a friend of mine who had interned at Marie Claire told me to apply there for a six-month internship. During my Honours year I sent a letter to the fashion editor at Marie Claire and within a week I was interning in the fashion department. A year later I got the chance to apply for an internship at Grazia. My experience at Marie Claire coupled with my eagerness for the job helped me become Fashion Assistant at Grazia instead.

I think it’s really important to do internships to get a feel for the industry and see if it’s where you want to be. There’s a lot of grunt work and it isn’t as glamorous as it seems – working backstage at Fashion Weeks and on sets in the scorching sun, for example, although it’s a lot of fun.

I have been with Grazia for just over a year and a half now, and have since become Junior Fashion Editor. The weekly deadlines and changes are challenging and exciting. Every week is different and things can change at any minute. You could come into the office and put a page of work into production in a matter of minutes. It’s a very hands-on job and you have to stay on top of trends at all times, I always try to take in as much as possible. Because I love the industry and everything that goes with it, it’s more fun than anything else.

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