Miss FQ - - Career -

Hey guys, I’m Ash­leigh Il­ton! If you’ve been fol­low­ing my jour­ney via my on­line video di­aries, you’ll know how amaz­ing it has been. I’m su­per for­tu­nate to have been men­tored by dig­i­tal and as­so­ciate edi­tor Skye Ross, who has taught me the ins and outs of ev­ery­thing dig­i­tal, so­cial me­dia and Miss FQ. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from AUT with a de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ma­jor­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing, I knew I wanted to work in the mag­a­zine world. I could not have asked for a bet­ter start to my ca­reer than in­tern­ing at Miss FQ, thanks to Holden Spark. Ma­jor high­lights in­clude as­sist­ing in sourc­ing and styling looks for Fash­ion Quar­terly and Miss FQ, writ­ing Lip Ser­vice (page 88), and in­ter­view­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers Elle Hong of El­lis and Friends and Clau­dia Billinge of Sibed for

FYI, some­thing to know about me is I love mac­arons and cof­fee!

I was ner­vous get­ting ready for my big day but I chose an out­fit that I felt con­fi­dent in, and it made me feel way bet­ter.

One cof­fee in and I had al­ready had a full tour of Bauer Me­dia, Miss FQ’S par­ent com­pany. Then it was time to meet the Miss FQ and Fash­ion Quar­terly team. It was pretty nerve-wrack­ing be­cause ev­ery­one I have looked up to since for­ever was there. Imag­ine meet­ing the peo­ple you fol­low on In­sta­gram IRL. Eep!

In the af­ter­noon, I had a meet­ing with Skye about the plans for this is­sue. I then took the Holden Spark out for a spin be­fore head­ing home, tasked with brain­storm­ing some on­line con­tent ideas for the web­site. I spent the first morn­ing of week two at sev­eral lead­ing PR houses, pick­ing up beauty prod­ucts for the af­ter­noon’s shoot. FYI, the Spark is a zippy wee num­ber and makes park­ing around the city a to­tal breeze.

Then I went be­hind the scenes at the pho­to­shoot for Bloomin’ Beauty (page 87) and Lip Ser­vice (page 88). It was an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see how the im­ages are cre­ated — so much work goes into mak­ing them per­fect.

I spent week four in the of­fice along­side the team, hon­ing my dig­i­tal skills. Skye taught me how to craft, for­mat and pub­lish ar­ti­cles for the web­site, and she gave me some tips and tricks on in­ter­view etiquette. I was lucky enough to con­duct a few in­ter­views on my own for the on­line ‘Girl You Need to Know’ se­ries, af­ter Skye gave my ques­tions a once-over. Visit to read my Q&AS with owner of El­lis and Friends on­line bou­tique, El­lis Hong, and fash­ion de­signer Clau­dia Billinge of Sibed.

I also at­tended some top-level meet­ings re­gard­ing up­com­ing Miss FQ events and cam­paigns. There are so many cool things to come ladies, you are go­ing to love it all!

This week was the best and busiest so far! Ed­i­to­rial and fash­ion as­sis­tant Jess Thomson and I jumped in the Spark and whizzed out to Sylvia Park to find some #trendy activewear. Back at Bauer, we pre-styled ev­ery­thing for the fol­low­ing day and loaded the out­fits, shoes and ac­ces­sories into the Spark.

At 8am the next morn­ing we pho­tographed Fit for Pur­pose (page 66) up at Auck­land’s ‘K Road’. I was a proper stylist’s as­sis­tant, you guys, and boy it was full on! An en­sem­ble I styled my­self has made it into print (page 69). So ex­cit­ing!

Work­ing at Miss FQ has truly been a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m su­per grate­ful to the lovely team who have taught me so much dur­ing my time here.

On my last day, the team treated me to frosé and nib­bles at Gypsy Car­a­van in Pon­sonby, which was so sweet!

I don’t want my in­tern­ship to be over *cry­ing emoji*, but I’m su­per proud to say I’ve been of­fered a job in Bauer Me­dia’s dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing depart­ment! At least I’ll still see Skye and the team around the build­ing.

If in­tern­ing sounds like a bit of you, email with your CV and a pas­sion­ate cover let­ter. Good things come to those who hus­tle!

Un­pack­ing beauty sam­ples #beau­ty­haul Spark sing-a-long #best­playlist Gypsy Car­a­van send­off #flam­ingcheese

Choos­ing the best im­age #Ididthat On a fash­ion shoot #style­as­sis­tant Pack­ing up the Spark #so­many­clothes

Re­search/writ­ing tools #in­ter­nessen­tials Parked up at Miss FQ HQ #my­work­place First day starts with a spark #newholden


Q& A WITH JESS WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DAY AT FQ LIKE? It was very over­whelm­ing and I was ner­vous but it was su­per ex­cit­ing as I’d lit­er­ally found out I had the job three days be­fore! Our im­me­di­ate team, and the in­cred­i­ble con­trib­u­tors and lovely PRS...

YFIRST M D A Y B L A C K & W H I T E J U M P S U I T Prep­ping my out­fit the night be­fore saves me time in the morn­ing for more im­por­tant things… like cof­fee!

From top left: Be­hind the scenes on a fash­ion shoot; zipping around town in the Spark; nib­bles at Gypsy Car­a­van on Ash­leigh’s last day.

This baby’s zippy ac­cel­er­a­tion has been ideal for nip­ping be­tween fash­ion stock­ists. I can eas­ily pop down the back seats (no Tetris skills re­quired) to re­veal a spa­cious in­te­rior fit to hold a whole fash­ion shoot’s worth of clothes and props. And the...

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