Stephanie McGrew’s love for fashion comes across the instant she begins discussing the subject.
Recently the University of Southern Mississippi senior managed to parlay that deep-seated affection into a trip to New York City as part of Teen Vogue magazine’s Fashion University.
McGrew, 21, was chosen along with several other college students from across the country for the four-day seminar (Oct. 21-24) after writing an essay about why fashion meant so much to her.
“I’m a big fan of the magazine and I saw an ad in it a few months back about the essay contest,” said McGrew, a fashion merchandising major from Jackson, Miss. “I just answered a series of questions and completed the essay portion online and didn’t think much about it for a while.
“Then I got a text on my BlackBerry one day saying I had been chosen and I just started screaming.”
McGrew had to pay her own travel and lodging expenses but she considers the insight gained from the multi-faced seminar invaluable.
“We had classes set up by experts in the industry and we got to meet a lot of designers,” she said. “Plus, there were editors from fashion magazines and other publications available to answer any questions. It was wonderful.”
For more information about the Southern Miss Department of Marketing and Fashion Merchandising call 601-266-4659.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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