Subject: Famous faces starting at the bottom

Who knew that the rich and dam right successful were also interns. Well that seems like a silly thought - but I always thought for some reason the big names out there even in the fashion industry could never have started their careers as an intern.

I mean c'mon, can you imagine Anna Wintor devolving invites.

Ha! Shall we all just have a minute to think about that. What a satisfying thought.


Although my managers use to talk about the time they interned I still never thought that the high flyers would have done any of the dirty work. Mad respect. 

 

See below for an article I found on Stylist.com giving us the inside scoop to which famous faces started their career the bottom.

 

Enjoy! 

 

Kind regards,

 

The Intern

 

Not all stars were born into money and success. Stylist.co.uk rounds up the famous women who got their foot in the door as interns, from Mindy Kaling to Marissa Mayer

Hands up if you started your career making coffees. Or juggling printer cartridges while trying to fix a paper jam. Or walking down a busy high street looking like a game of Bukaroo because you couldn't hold all the bags you were carrying.

With the release of Warner Bros' new comedy The Intern - which sees Robert de Niro become a 70-year-old intern working for a fierce entrepreneur played by Anne Hathaway - these memories may come flooding back. 

But you will be happy to know you’re not the only one who experienced intern-hood. Just like you, there are plenty of famous and hugely successful names who have paid their dues.

From storming into their boss’ office asking for work to organising fashion shows, these stars have done it all. Come read about their experiences: 

 

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling started out her career shadowing Conan O'Brian

Before launching her own show, the comedian cut her teeth on Late Night with Conan O’Brian when she was 19 years old. Due to an aversion to photocopying, Kaling says she was the worst intern. Rather than doing ‘what she was hired to do’, she would follow the copper-haired comedian, Conan, around and try to soak up his genius approach to joke-telling. Clearly it paid off. 

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster gave up acting briefly with an internship at Esquire

The Oscar-winner actress started out with a summer internship at Esquire when she was 20 years old. However, the silver screen was clearly more appealing than a 9-5 job. Foster soon became a fixture on the magazine’s pages rather than its offices. 

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey started out her career as an intern at a television station

The TV host and unofficial American royalty landed her first TV opportunity as an intern at WLAC-TV, a CBS affiliate channel in Nashville, Tennesse. She impressed the station, who brought her on as a full-time anchor-reporter. She went on to become the first female African-American news anchor in Nashville.

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns was made head of a Fortune 100 company after starting out as an intern

The CEO of Xerox started working at the company as a mechanical engineering summer intern while completing a master’s degree at Columbia University. From there, she worked her way up from positions in product development and planning to executive assistant and vice president. She became the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.

Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny made an impression in the office with her cool style

The actress was walking down the street in a cool hat when she was spotted by Sassy magazine editor-in-chief Jane Pratt and offered an internship with the publication. According to Pratt, the young Sevigny was never the typical tea-brewing intern. She made a ‘funky environment even funkier’, and didn’t have a problem approaching the editor. Pratt spotted her star quality early on, and it’s no wonder she went on to become such a stellar style icon and fashion world fixture. 

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer received 40 job offers after graduating from university

The CEO of Yahoo! did internships at Stanford and the Union Bank of England. Having received 40 job offers after graduating, she went on to become the first female engineer at Google and worked her way up to become President of Google Product Search. From there, she was poached by Yahoo! In 2014, Mayer was ranked sixth on Fortune‍ ' s 40 under 40 list and the 16th most-powerful businesswoman in the world.

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad was once a fashion intern at Teen Vogue

The reality star started out interning at Teen Vogue before going on to build her own fashion and media empire. She is now a television personality, fashion designer and author, but we can remember when she was still sorting the fashion cupboard. 

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen (right) alongside shoe designer Manolo Blanik

Olsen interned for Zac Posen during her brief stint at New York University. Posen was impressed when Olsen came in person and knocked on his door to ask for her internship, which he says is "4 steps further than most interns go". Olsen went on to run labels The Row and Elizabeth and James with her twin Mary-Kate. 

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson strikes a pose

The fashion designer interned at Mademoiselle Magazine’s fabric library after graduating from Syracuse University in New York. While working there, she noticed that editor Betsey Blackwell had dozens of pairs of shoes in her office and so she drew a shoe on a thank you card she sent to her. The next day, Blackwell took the picture to the art director and said, ‘Betsey can draw!’ After that she was given a lot of freelance artwork and that’s how she made her start in the fashion business.

Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung started out her career as an intern at Bloomingdale's

The CEO of Avon Products landed a prestigious summer internship at Bloomingdale's before starting at Princeton University. She joined Avon in 1994 as president of the US marketing group and ascended to senior level positions from there. 

 

Hannah Rafter