Certain things in life are so unrealistically cool that you just have to stop and pinch yourself: is this really happening? That’s how I felt when I opened up Marie Claire magazine and found my own face staring back at me from page 195. Only a year and a half after moving to London, I had started my own dream project – and had it advertised in my very favourite magazine. But how did my photo end up in Marie Claire?
Every year, Marie Claire hosts their brilliant Inspire & Mentor Scheme, where a few girls with exciting and interesting business and career ideas get chosen and paired with mentors that help them bring their ideas to life. And, as I told you in my very first Editor’s Letter (oh, memories!), I’m incredibly honoured to have been chosen. Poppy’s guidance was so valuable to me: starting out, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted Vilda to be, but I had no idea where to start. With Poppy’s advice, I could finally bring my idea to life.
The Marie Claire photo shoot was incredibly fun but also very nerve-racking for someone like me, who has never been on that tricky other side of the camera on a photo shoot before. It wasn’t made easier by the fact that Poppy, a seasoned pro, was amazing in front of the camera. I mostly felt like an awkward ugly duckling (well, maybe not so ugly, thanks to the gorgeous hair and makeup!) – but, as the picture shows, the end result looks great.
What makes me so proud about being in Marie Claire is not only the fact that I find it to be a thinking woman’s magazine, but also the idea that Vilda gets to be part of a campaign that represents career possibilities for women. The Inspire & Mentor Scheme is an amazing way to kick-start your business or career path, and I love that my project is part of that message.
So pick up Marie Claire and find out more about the story behind Vilda – but also about how the Marie Claire Inspire & Mentor Scheme could help your future career ambitions. After all, if a girl with no money, no tech skills and just a year in the country under her belt can start an online magazine, then surely you can make your dreams come true!